Hello Fellow Speechies and Parents!
If you work with kids or have one yourself, chances are that you've come across a child that is a) strong-willed, and b) will communicate, but on his/her terms.
I've seen dozens and dozens of parents that have attempted making their child communicate. This is exactly where they go wrong. A strong-willed child can not easily be MADE to do what is asked of them.
The point of speech/language therapy with early intervention cases is to establish that communication has meaning, and that their communication (verbal, if possible) is encouraged. When working with the strong-willed child, positive reinforcement of any communication attempts goes a long way, compared to drilling words, for example.
This handout is designed to be given to parents, to aid them in helping establish positive communication at home. The contents are self-explanatory, laying out Communication Do's and Don't's when stimulating speech and language at home.
If you have any feedback on the handout, I appreciate and welcome your input!
Happy President's Day!