For individuals who are not ready to use single words, activities that establish cause and effect, and learning to label can be useful activities.
If someone is not ready to use single words, consider implementing some cause and effect activities. Cause and effect refers to the ability to associate what one does with what occurs as a result of that action.
Here is one activity for encouraging cause and effect:
Labeling, or naming an object or picture, is a typical language skill between 4 and 18 months.
Here are some activities for encouraging labeling:
Caution: Don’t stay at this point too long, as nouns are limiting to the development of language. Many people who use AAC become great labelers, as they have access to labels and learn to use them. If they are not given access to other words until they learn to spell or to recognize sight words, they are at risk for becoming “requesters.” The way to avoid this issue is to provide access to other words.