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General Strategies

Strategies from Play to Talk by James MacDonald, Ph.D. and Pam Stoika, Ph.D.

Communication Strategy: What it means: What it looks like:
Balance Do and say about as much as the child does and says. Allow the child time to participate. Take one turn and wait.Say one word and wait.
Match Talk and act in ways that are possible for your child. Talk and act in ways your partner can and will want to try. Act like the child and wait.Talk like the child and wait.
Respond Let your child see that you are paying attention to his feelings, actions and words. Respond in ways to keep the child interacting.Respond immediately.Respond as if behaviors are communication.
Share Control Be sure each partner has impact on the other, each partner has some control but not total control. Both play partners make choices.We learn more from doing than being done to.
Play and Affirm Let your child see that you enjoy and value him just as he is. Accept what the child is doing (and joining).Be interesting.Be animated, silly or funny.Have fun!