Finding / Scanning

Finding objects in books

Finding objects is a great way to teach your child how to scan. Scanning is an imprtant skill to have in order to be able to read.

What you need to do

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  1. Sit on the floor at or at the table with your child
  2. Engage your child by saying his name and or touching his arm.
  3. Have a picture book handy.
  4. After you have your child’s attention say, open the book and find an item, for example a flower, on the page then say “(Child’s name) point to the (flower).
  5. Perfect outcome: your child points to the flower. Reinforce!
  6. Not so perfect outcome: your child takes the book from you.
  7. What to do: take the book back and reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) point to the (flower), then prompt your child to point to the (flower)
  8. After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child points to the flower, 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.[/list_with_icons]

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 “Finding objects in books” program.

Items you need:

Any book with things going on in the background.  Pick a book that your child likes, or recognizes.

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