Question: How can I provide activities that could be incorporated into the families daily routine?
Answer/insight: The Best activities are the ones that can be used in the family's daily routine. As we often find, our families are usually busy with other family commitments. They need to cook dinner, clean house, do laundry, etc. If we are going to ask our family's to do monthly activities, we need to keep in mind of their schedules and commitments. During the day, there are a variety of opportunities that will help develop a child's language. We need to remind parents of those opportunities, such as washing the dishes, vacuuming, dusting, and folding laundry.
Question: Do I need to keep in mind of other infants and toddlers with additional delays/problems? How much would that play a factor?
Answer/Insight: As we know, all children develop at their own pace. Yes, I believe with these activities you will need to keep in mind if the child has other delays whether it is physical, cognitive, or motor. The early interventionist will need to look at the activities and decide how to adapt, change, or modify that activity for each individual child and family.
Question: How many activities should I provide the parents with?
Answer/Insight: From my experiences working with families, I feel that the number of activities that you give a family will depend on how much a family is capable or willing to do. The early interventionist may want to discuss with family and let the family choose the number of activities for that month. If you let the family decide on the number of activities to do, you will probably discover that they will actually do the activities with their child.
Question: How will parents be able to tell if their child has been successful?
Answer/Insight: It is not a matter of being successful, but reminding parents the importance of stimulating the child's language development. If we do this now, parents will see success down the road. Parents may not be able to succeed in one week, but it is important to remind them that these are ways to help their child's language and communication grow whether it is through speech, sign, ASL, MCE, or a combination.
Question: What are ways that we can evaluate the activities? What criteria should we use?