Working on Pretend Play with Uninterested Toddlers

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LISA: Tag Lin Sleboda

Best way to teach play skills: Through Imitation

If the child won’t imitate you…

  • Try hand-over-hand with reinforcement (have to figure out what motivates the child)
  • Try bringing in other children to provide models to see if he’s more interested in that
  • Model with puppets or dolls to see if he’s more interested in that
  • Bring in toys that are particular to his area of interest and model using those.  Only allow the child to use them if he imitates your play.
  • Make your play look really fun

Still won’t imitate you?

Is this skill a priority?  May need to work on functional communication to get some joint attention and to get the child interested in the world around him