Does your child have difficulty following directions? Here are a few ideas for working on this skill.
This is an excerpt from my new book, Language Lessons: From Listening Skills to Conversation. I expect to have it published and available for sale in early July.
Look for opportunities during daily life for your child to follow directions. When expecting your child to complete a complex job, such as cleaning his room, or setting the table, give him one instruction at a time. If he is able to complete each small task accurately, challenge him by giving him two directions at a time, (Hang up your coat and put your shoes in the closet.)
· Play games like "Simon Says" and "Mother May I?"
· Sing and play, "Hokey, Pokey."
Have the following objects available: chair, table, book, ball, block, door, spoon, and bowl. Ask your child to follow these directions:
· Read the book.
· Pick up the block.
· Tap the block with the spoon.
· Walk to the door.
· Close your eyes.
· Clap your hands 3 times.
· Sit down and cross your legs.
· Say your name; blink your eyes.
· Pick up the block. Give it to me.
· Clap your hands. Point to the ball.
· Touch the book. Crawl under the table.
· Touch your ear, stomp your foot, then sit down.
· Touch the book. Touch the spoon. Touch the table.
· Touch the block. Point to the spoon. Tap the table.
· Touch your ear. Touch your nose. Spin around.
· Pick up the ball. Hold it over your head. Put it on the floor.
· Close your eyes. Spin around. Say, "hello."