In this week’s show, we’re beginning a series for discussing and SOLVING familiar problems we see when playing and interacting with toddlers and preschoolers who have language delays.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, young children with language delays don’t seem to want to play with us. This situation might look like a “behavior” problem, meaning that the child is purposefully choosing not to play with you. That’s not always the case. On this series of shows, I hope I can help you look at these problems from another perspective.
Nearly all “problems” we see during play could also be viewed as sensory processing differences. Most children who have difficulty interacting with others also have sensory processing issues. That’s what most of these strategies will be – some just sound like common sense! On this first show in the series, I shared how I explain sensory processing differences to parents.
In order to help a child work through these all of these issues, the key is to figure out a way to make playing more enjoyable so that a child can participate. Here’s how this series will be outlined:
- Similar or related situations
- Possible explanations for why a child is behaving this way – it’s not the same reason for every child!
- Multiple options for addressing the issue
Today we discussed two common problems – mouthing toys and avoiding interaction with people – and I provided my best strategies for handling those issues. Listen here.
If you’d like a written resource with this information, I have just the thing for you! This series is based on excerpts from the last chapter of my book Teach Me To Play WITH You. If you’re a therapist, this will be a fantastic tool to share with parents of children who exhibit these kinds of problems in play. If you’re a parent, this information will help you figure out what’s going on with your child and provide real life, practical solutions to help your little one learn to play with you and then, after interaction is better, learn to talk!