A parent's guide to early-intervention.
Some strategies Dr. Lemelman suggests for early intervention include becoming a play partner with your child, becoming a teacher, adjusting your language, encouraging interaction, and following your child’s lead. Engage in activities that your child finds entertaining. An approach called the Early Start Denver Model allows parents to play and communicate with their child at his developmental level and to build on his strengths.
Another recommended strategy is using single words to communicate with your child on the Autism spectrum if they have little to no words.
“Parents can use the ‘one-up’ rule, which involves intentionally speaking to their child with one-to-two more words than their child uses consistently,” Dr. Lemelman told Lohud.com. “For example, if their child says ‘ball,’ spontaneously, the parent can say ‘ball rolls’ while interacting during the activity.”