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Verbal Communicative Initiations are easier to recognize than Nonverbal because the child produces word(s) that we can hear. Even if we are not directly watching the child we can hear what they say. When words are clear this is easy. When words are less clear it is more difficult. Still, with clues from the environment and a knowledge of your child a fair guess can generally be made about what the child is trying to communicate. Whether we are certain or making our best guess at what our child just said, any self-initiated verbalization whether it is articulated clearly or not, is a Verbal Communicative Initiation and in that moment we can teach our child a lot about talking with an informed response on our part.

In the last part of this sampler course, you will learn a specific way to respond to your child’s communicative initiations that will increase your child’s language and communication.