Tips for Teaching Your Child to Engage and Enjoy the Company of Others

Tips for Teaching Your Child to Engage and Enjoy the Company of Others

In part one and part two of our series on joint attention, we explored how your baby learns to speak, play and interact with others. This early form of speech and language development is encouraged through shared engagement, experience and enjoying the company of each other.

Joint attention emerges early and is well established by 18 months of age, however, it helps to encourage experiences with your child to build and develop joint attention effectively. Here are some practical tips:

  • Use natural interactions, such as play, feeding and bathing to encourage attention.
  • Get face to face with your child when you speak to them.
  • Be silly! Use an animated voice with exaggerated facial expressions.
  • Imitate their actions.
  • Sing and read to your child.
  • Use toys and objects that your child enjoys. Children under two specifically enjoy cause and effect

To see these tips and others in action, take a look at part three of our video series on joint attention, where our therapist provides additional ideas and shows examples.

Tell us: what are some fun ways that you encourage your child to engage and interact?

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