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Maximize Daily Routines

In this video, we talked about ways to increase social skills. While you are doing your ‘chores’ each day, make it social time by making eye contact with your child, smiling, singing, tickling or holding them in your lap. Here are the opportunities I mentioned in the video:

  1. Greeting
  2. Eating
  3. Changing
  4. Dressing
  5. Bathing

If your child gets upset during diaper changing time, it might be related to a medical issue like a rash or poor digestion, but it might also be due to a “sensory issue,” meaning they may be oversensitive to the sensations they experience during the process. Please talk to your doctor about it if you are concerned.

You can read more about sensory issues in young children here.

Here’s a list of some non-verbal cues that young children use when they are interested in initiation or continuing a social interaction.

  • Smiling
  • Babbling
  • Reaching towards caregiver
  • Brow raising
  • Eyes widening
  • Facial brightening
  • Open hands 

This is based on research done by the nursing professor, Dr. Kathryn Barnard, founder of the Center on Infant Mental Health and Development at the University of Washington.

Before you move on…

For this lesson, please try out these suggestions: 

  1. Try using your daily ‘chores’ to create social time with your child, using the time you have together to put your child on your lap, sit on the floor across from them, or sit across from their high chair at the table.

You’ll find a checklist of these activities in your workbook so that you can check them off as you try them out, and reflect on how it went. 

  1. Please let us know how this is going on Facebook. Share the social activities you are using in the place of screen time, or share a link to the song or game that worked best for you. We can learn so much from each others’ experiences. Good luck!

References

Muller, R., 2013. Baby Talk: Nonverbal Infant Communication. [online] Psychology Today. Available at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/talking-about-trauma/201311/baby-talk-nonverbal-infant-communication