Appropriately Get Your Attention
For you & your preschool student
Allow your child to "teach" someone how to communicate effectively
Lead by Example
Always practice make sure to do the things that you're teaching them to do. Eventually, they will catch on!
Make sure to respond when they communicate the right way, and always praise them.
Try it at Home
- Model the behavior you are teaching and do it often. if you need your child's attention, tap her on the shoulder, move to her eye level and begin your communication from there!
- Practice, practice, practice. Play with this new skill. Practice with both parents, siblings, and friends. Your child can teach her grandparent or teddy bear how to tap on someone's shoulder to get their attention.
- Remind your child of your expectation. If you are on the computer and she whines or begins to cry for attention, remind her, "It looks like you need something. I will respond if you tap on my shoulder and ask me."
- Celebrate when your child displays this new skill. "Wow, you tapped me on the shoulder because you wanted some milk. I am happy to get you some!"
Practice at School
- Moving to stand next to the person
- Tapping the person on the shoulder
- Looking at the person's eyes to see if they have their attention