Tier 3: Fostering Feelings of Connectedness
Encourage participation through the projection of a positive affect
By modeling your interest and enjoyment in the activity, you are encouraging the child to take interest. If a child has limited or no vision, this means we need to convey actions and our emotions through tactile means. In fact, we already do this to some degree whether we know it or not. For example, you may need to express excitement through somewhat exaggerated movements.
If the child has hearing, using various voices that convey curiosity, excitement, or enjoyment can be used to encourage the child’s participation. If the child has some vision and the ability to recognize facial expression, make sure the child sees interest and enthusiasm on your face and in your movements.
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