RECEPTIVE AND EXPRESSIVE
LANGUAGE TASKS TO REINFORCE AT HOME WITH A PREVERBAL CHILD
directives like “Give, Get, Find, Show, Point…” and “Put in, Take out,
Put on, Take off…”
questions like “Where?” “Is/Are/Do/Does,” and “Want _____? Go_____? See_____?”
Encourage and model responses through pointing, eye gaze, sign, gesture,
facial expression and vocalizations.
body awareness through song, puppet/stuffed animal/doll play, and mirror
action words with body parts (e.g. “Clap hands, Raise hands,
hands”) and toys (Throw ball, Roll ball, Kick ball”).
opposites/concepts with toys (e.g. “Car up. Car down. Car
Car slow. Car stop. Car go”).
categories through sorting activities (e.g. putting clothes, toys, and
functions with objects (e.g. “Eat with a spoon.Stir with
words with objects, pictures, gestures, sign and text to facilitate understanding.
oral-motor play with mirrors, whistles/horns, and bubbles.
exploration of the nose and mouth while vocalizing.
oral-motor movements and vocal inflections.
your child’s vocalizations.
sounds with activities (e.g. “M-m-m” while humming to music or eating,
“B-b-b” while bouncing a ball).
environmental and animal sounds
and reinforce meaningful vowels and consonant-vowel/vowel-consonant syllables
Oh, Uh-oh, Ooo, I, Uh-uh, Ah, M-m-m, Whee, Yeah, Hi, Ha, Pee, Pa, No, Neigh,
Do, Bye, Boo, Baa, Me, My, Moo, Ma, Go, In, On, Out, Up, Eat, Eek, Ick,
songs and recite nursery rhymes.
gesture, fingerplay, and action games.
and reinforce all communicative attempts.
preschool and kindergarten web sites have thematic songs and fingerplays
set to familiar tunes.