Responding to Gestures
“Born To Hand Jive Baby”
Your child learns new skills by observing others and imitating what they do. Gestures are a non-verbal means of communicating. Your child needs to respond to gestures before able to use them to communicate. Using frequent gestures as we speak helps your child understand our message.
newly presented words and gestures with specific activities so that your child
becomes familiar with hearing the word and seeing the gesture combined.
gestures in many situations throughout your child’s day (e.g., meals, dressing,
play, traveling, etc).
to specific rooms as you say, “Go to the bathroom/your room.”
your arms to your child as you say, “Come here.”
gestures that occur naturally in your child’s daily routines.
those same gestures in a variety of situations.
your hands up when asking your child, “Do you want to be picked up?”
the chair as you say, “Junior, come sit down.”
your hand with your palm up as you say, “Give me.”
the word “up, up, up” while bouncing your child up and down on your lap,
jumping up and down, pretending to fly a plane, throwing a ball up and catching
it, or when it is time to get up from a chair/out of the crib.