Responding to Pointing

In this video, we looked at the skill of pointing. You can motivate your child to learn the responses to your directions with some fun games, lots of praise, simple words, and physical prompting. Remember to use an exaggerated point in their line of sight and to use various cues if necessary.

Here is a toy suggestion that is great for working on pointing:

Before you move on…

Have a look at the checklist in your workbook and tick off the directions that your child understands already. If they’re not quite there yet, put into practice some of the methods we discussed in the video to help them along.


Pepper, J., Weitzman, E., H  Ayala Manolson and Mcgill University. Hanen Early Language Parent Program (2004). It takes two to talk : a practical guide for parents of children with language delays. Toronto, Ont.: Hanen Program, pp.42.