“Don’t Make Me Guess, Is It No Or Yes?”
- During your child’s play activities and daily routines, give him many opportunities to make choices.
Ask your child questions that require a “yes/no” response. Begin with “yes/no” questions that you know he knows the answer to. Repeat (and answer) the question if necessary. Use verbal praise with each appropriate response.
- Ask silly questions where the answer is obvious (e.g., Show your child a picture of a ball and say, “Is this a dog?” If he doesn’t respond, you provide the correct answer).
- Stress your response by exaggerating your voice and by making playful facial expressions. Move your child’s head to nod “yes” or shake “no.”
- Provide your child with a model and appropriate response. Point to the object or person used in the question asked.