According to Hanen, It Takes Two to Talk, waiting to respond is a great strategy for our little ones language development. The strategy OWL (Observe, Wait, and Listen) is a great way to encourage your child to initiate conversation during play.
- Observe – Observing your child helps you to learn what they like. Watch their movements and facial expressions to learn what things they are interested in.
- Wait – Waiting gives the child time to interact or respond. Give the child around 5-10 seconds of waiting time to allow the child take charge of the interaction.
- Listen – Listen to what the child is trying to communicate with you. Even if you cannot understand what your child is trying to communicate it is very important to listen. This encourages the child to feel empowered and gives them the necessary tools to continue to initiate in communication.
Here is a great idea on how to incorporate OWLing into play.
With warm and gratitude,
The Fox Team