Do you have a child who cannot use his words to comment or does not say what he wants? Info talk is a simple therapy technique that will possibly help your child talk.
Sometimes you pay attention to the things you see around you. At times, it seems to look into the distance. Sometimes he cries so hard that you get frustrated because you don’t seem to know what he wants. Sometimes he seems to want to say something, but you don’t know how to make him say it. This can be a therapy technique that may help your child use his words.
What is Info Talk?
Simply put, it is a therapy technique that encourages parents and caregivers to talk to their children at every possible opportunity. This means that we inject feedback on our everyday environment to help you discover the use and power of your speech to communicate. The trick here is knowing what and how to say so that you can encourage your child to speak.
When should I do Info Talk?
At any time possible! It is best used when we are doing daily activities like brushing teeth, washing hands, playing games or watching TV. When you go on a family trip, it is also great to use.
How should I do Info Talk?
It’s very simple. As you go about your daily activities, comment on your daily surroundings. It could do anything from what you are doing, to what you are holding, playing, or what you are seeing outside. Below is an example of a situation.
Mark is a 2-year-old boy diagnosed with autism. He still can’t speak. He uses vocalizations like “aaaa” and “eee” but they seem to mean nothing when he says them. Sometimes he focuses his gaze on objects but looks away at something distant. So while washing your hands:
Mother: Yes, Mark is washing his hands. Handwashing. Mark wash his hands.
Mark: (while touching the soap)
Mother: Mark holds the soap. Yes, Mark will wash with soap.
Mark: (while rinsing) Aaaaa.
Mother: Mark washes his hands with water. Splash! Splash! Splash!
Mark: A! TO! TO!
Mother: Splash! Splash! Splash! Nice try!
Watch? It is very simple! By doing so, you will help your child increase his vocabulary.
What are the things to remember?
1. Use simple words. It is important to use early words when speaking with your child who is still learning to speak. Instead of saying “television,” you can simply say “television.” “Wash”, for example, is more ideal than “rinse”.
2. Use a melodic tone when speaking. When speaking, use a slightly animated voice intonation, similar to those used in children’s television shows. This helps your child pay more attention to his speech rather than saying words with the same volume and tone.
While each child has their own rate of growth and learning, consistent use of the Info Talk technique can increase the chances that your child will be encouraged to speak.