Getting Ready for Play
- Help your child learn by modeling or demonstrating how a toy can be used. You may need to begin by using hand-over-hand assistance to help your child activate a toy.
- Sit in front of your child as she plays so she can see your face. Respond to your child’s actions by changing your facial expression and providing physical touch to reinforce her actions.
- For children who need enhanced sound feedback, repeat the sounds the toy makes and emphasize each sound by pairing it with a visual cue or sign.
Toys/Features to Look For
- Toys that pair auditory feedback with visual, touch and movement sensations
- Toys with high-pitched or low bass sounds
- Toys with a volume control
- Toys that are visually interesting and/or offer different auditory feedback
- Toy parts that visually direct a child to the ways they can be used
- Toys with realistic actions, figures and sounds