“And You Are?”
- Use proper nouns and pronouns when looking at photographs of family members and at pictures in books.
- Model the use of pronouns several times throughout the day (e.g., “This is mine,” “This is his,” “This is hers,” “That is yours”).
- Show a photograph of yourself and your child. Say “That’s you,” as you point to a picture of your child, and “This is me,” as you point to a picture of yourself. Then ask your child “Who is this?” and point to one of the pictures. Model the response.
- Play turn-taking games. Say to your child, “My turn,” “Your turn,” “His turn,” “Her turn,” Then ask him, “Who’s turn is it?”
- Present your child with a favorite snack and say, “Who wants one?” Model responses such as “Me!” or “I do!”, “He does!” or “She does!”
- Introduce various items that belong to different people. Ask who the items belong to and model responses. Then use delayed models, partial cues, (say the initial sound of a word), and eventually eliminate all prompts.