The objective of pragmatics (reciprocal statements) is for your child to be independently able to respond to statements made by others with statements of his/her own by either words or an electronic device.
Pragmatics or reciprocal statements are another great way to teach your child to communicate. You have to be engaged and observant in order to participate in reciprocal statements.

Instructions for Lesson

  1. Sit on the floor, on the couch or at the table with your child.
  2. Engage your child by saying his name and or touching his arm.
  3. After you have your child’s attention say “ My eyes are (color)” then prompt your child to say “My eyes are (color). Then you say again “My eyes are green”.
  4. Perfect outcome: your child says my eyes are (color).

Not so perfect outcome: Your child repeats what you said.

  • What to do: reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat “My eyes are (color)”and verbally prompt your child to say “My eyes are (color)”.

Be Persistent and Repeat Until Mastered

After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child gives the right answer, great, reinforce. If not repeat the steps from above. Repeat it three times and if your child still is not getting it move on to a different task and come back to it later. Also once your child gets the prompted instruction right, redirect your child to a simple task he/she has mastered and then go back to the original instruction to make sure your child got it.


It might take your child a while, a couple days maybe even a couple weeks, to grasp the concept of what is asked of him/her. Don’t get frustrated and stick with the program. Your child will get there! Reinforce (Praise) a right response or even if your child is trying really hard. . In the video you will see a demonstration of how to run “Pragmatics” program.

Items you need:

a list of reciprocal statements.

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