Children take turns by waiting, listening, looking and doing. Play is a great way to develop turn taking skills.
Two people playing with the same toy can develop turn-taking skills. For example:
- Rolling a ball back and forth
- Stacking blocks
- Blowing bubbles
- Board games
Some of your child’s earliest turn-taking skills may have been with speech. When you copy a sound eg “ah’ or “oo’ after them, and they respond, you are turn taking. When you talk with your child, wait and give them time to take their turn in the conversation, even if it is just with sounds. Children with speech difficulties and delays often take longer to respond so allow even more time than usual.
Information developed by Terese Hardy (Speech Pathologist) and Michelle Hollier (Occupational Therapist), Therapy ACT, 2011