? about initiating play

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Registered: 01-26-2008
? about initiating play
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Fri, 06-27-2008 - 9:44pm

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Registered: 11-15-2003
Sun, 06-29-2008 - 1:24am

Hi Amanda,

My daughter is 16 months old. She didn't start pointing until she was 13 1/2 months. I was concerned about it...but at the time I also thought it was something that was intuitive for them to do. I didn't realize that they actually need to be shown and taught to do it! Especially since we don't do a lot of pointing at my house. =)

Once I learned that, I started making a big deal of pointing to things in front of her. It really helped that she loves to read books with me, so I would get a picture book and point to each picture and name it. Sometimes I would even take her little hand and put it on a picture or hold it out for her and then say "Good pointing, Zoe!" If I knew there was something she wanted, like a toy or paci or sippy cup or snack...I'd point to it first and say, "Do you want your sippy cup? Can you point to it? See how Mommy points?"

She started pointing pretty quickly after being shown this, and holy cow, now you can't get her to stop...she points at everything.

BTW, it also took her a long time to hand me toys. She plays really well on her own. I started doing the same type of thing, asking for her to hand me a toy first, then getting all excited about it.

Hopefully some of these ideas will help! I'm a first time mom, and I never realized some things like this had to be taught...but sometimes it just takes a little extra effort and it happens. We're working on that with speech right now. =)

Nicole

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Sun, 06-29-2008 - 10:42pm

Thanks so much for your suggestions.