1. Model making comments on our children’s conversation topic. You could say:
a. “Ooh that sounds like fun”
b. “I would love to try that.”
c. “I would have been scared too.”
d. “I like music too.”
e. “I think you were so lucky to get to travel to France.”
2. Model making comments at the dinner table to whatever the conversation is at that time.
3. Celebrate them every time they make a spontaneous comment about anything, but especially if it is about what someone said.
4. Comment Central Game4socializtion – This game highlights the many comments you could say about something. If your child likes music, play them a song you think that they would enjoy – then afterwards both of you come up with as many comments you can make about the music. Once you have come up with as many as you both can think of then call a character for help. If your child loves Buzz Lightyear pretend to call him up and ask him to make a comment. If your child loves Beyonce then call her for a comment. If your child likes food bring in a special dish, eat it together and then come up with as many comments you can say about it. Do this with a number of different items/activities. Once they have got the hang of it, then tell them a story and ask them to comment afterwards.
5. Request a comment. Share a personal story with your child that you think they would be interested in. If they do not say anything afterwards ask them what they think about what you just said. If they answer then celebrate them letting them know that you love it when they let you know what you think about what they are saying.
For more information about the Son-Rise Program, please visit the following resources:
Autism Treatment Center of America: http://www.autismtreatmentcenter.org/
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