Strategy 3: Incorporate rhythm, music, finger plays and mime games
What to do
- Sing and play with child often, regardless of concerns about what he or she is hearing and seeing
- Look for opportunities within naturally occurring activities (e.g. in the car, on your lap, during dressing/undressing, playing with brothers and sisters, during transition times within classroom)
- Take advantage of times when the child is waiting for other things to happen (e.g. lunch line, bus ride, classmates going to the bathroom)
- Use music and activities that are the same/similar to what other children the same age would be involved with
- Add movement, tapping, vibrations to the activity
- Use a resonance board if you have one (or make one)
- Let the child lay on the floor and listen to loud music sometimes
Things to consider
- Are you making it fun?
- Have you chosen music and activities that are age appropriate?
- Are you taking turns?
- Are you observing what the child likes and doesn't like?
- Are you giving the child chances to ask for more? To signal "finished"?