Activity Kit for Babies and Toddlers at Risk:
How to Use Everyday Routines to Build Social and Communication Skills
Parents have the power to help babies and toddlers at risk for developmental delays make important strides—but many are confused and intimidated as to how. In this easy-to-navigate guide, leading experts present more than 100 games and activities designed to strengthen vital communication and social skills in children from birth to age 3. Everyday chores and routines—like waking up and going to sleep, getting dressed, and mealtimes—are transformed into learning opportunities that promote crucial abilities, such as how to imitate others or use simple hand gestures to convey wants and needs. Parents are the most important people in their kids' lives. Now they can be the best teachers, too.
Introduction: Is This Book for You?
I. Helping Babies and Toddlers Learn and Develop
1. What Is a Developmental Delay and How Can Games in Routine Activities Help?
2. Keystones: Attachment and Behavioral Teaching
3. 12 Rules to Play By
4. Language, Eye Contact, and Imagination: Important Targets of Learning
II. Games and Activities for Toddlers at Risk
5. Waking Up and Going to Sleep
6. Dressing, Undressing, and Diaper Changing
11. Indoor Play
12. Outdoor Play
III. Games and Activities for Babies at Risk
14. 3–6 Months
15. 6–9 Months
16. 9–12 Months
IV. More Tips and Tools
17. Specific Words, Phrases, Gestures, and Signs to Work On
18. Preventing Problem Behavior
Appendix: Activity Lists
"A marvelous, unique resource that fills an important need. This book is filled with practical and helpful advice and activities that parents can readily use when developmental delays are suspected. It enables you to take active steps to facilitate your child's development.'--Fred R. Volkmar, MD, coauthor of A Practical Guide to Autism 'This clearly written, extremely user-friendly book will be invaluable to parents. It contains a plethora of ingenious ideas that you can incorporate into your everyday routines to enhance and expand your young child's learning."--Katarzyna Chawarska, PhD, Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine
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