Even as a speech and language therapist there are times of the day when I have to remind myself to talk out loud to Lexi. When Lexi was first born I used to concentrate so much on what I was doing in day to day activities such as changing her nappy or giving her a bath (trying hard not to end up in a mess or drown her!) that in my state of concentration I forgot all about communicating with her!
It took some time to really get into the swing of talking to her as a baby (when I didn’t get anything back from her) but now I nitter natter away at her so much that tonight while out shopping on my own I found myself talking to myself out loud! Embarrassing!
I got into talking out loud by simply pretending Lexi couldn’t see what I was doing and I told her. I started when I was changing her nappy or getting her dressed. ‘Arm in’ ‘tights off’. It’s the only way I could concentrate on what I was doing and talk at the same time.
Now I’m more comfortable in what I’m doing I can expand and put myself in Lexi’s shoes and provide her with the language she can’t yet use. ‘Oo it’s gone dark! (when the top is over her head)
Keep it simple: