It's wonderful to hear all of the changes your son has made in this short time since the Start-Up Program. The work you have put in is paying off! We are sending you all a big cheer!
When your son gives you a green light
1) Looks at you.
2) Talks to you or makes a sound.
3) Gives you a physical cue (e.g. takes your hand, sits in your lap, touches you).
4) Looks at the shelf or what you are doing.
1) Build (add one new thing to what you are doing). For example, if you are joining your child in an activity or with an object, make something happen. If you are looking at a book and flipping the pages together and he looks at you, begin to read your book in a fun and animated way. If you are jumping and he makes a sound, celebrate him and sing a song as you jump.
2) Initiate (create a game of yor own). For example, if your son doesn't have anything particular in his hands or is not doing a repetitious activity and gives you a green light, begin to do a dance for him or offer him a tickle. If he looks at the shelf, grab the bubbles and begin to blow them for him.
There is no perfect idea and you will need to try different things to find what your son enjoys. The main thing is that you are having fun as you add a new idea.
If he responds to the your action (e.g. smiles, laughs, keeps looking, comes over to you, stops what he is doing, then just keep going and having fun entertaining him). You are working on eye contact, interactive attention span and having your son connect with you.
Becky Damgaard (Son-Rise Program Teacher)