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Divisions > Special Education and Early Intervention > Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education > Activities
Language Development

Targeted Age: Twelve to Eighteen Months

Get a pretend telephone, so that when you are through your baby can pretend, too.

  • Pretend the phone is ringing and answer it. As you are talking to the pretend person (use someone the baby knows, like grandparents), also talk to the baby. For example, " Hello Grandpa." Then say to the baby, "It's your grandpa."
  • Talk about a special activity, a visit, and a meal or maybe plans for the day - something the baby is familiar with and will understand.
  • Be sure to say " Good-bye" and hang up the phone. Then, give the phone to your baby and let him/her have a pretend conversation.

Reference: Games to Play with Babies by "Miss Jackie" Weissman

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