When your child has transitioned away from breast feeding, you can start including food names into a dialog with him or her. This will help introduce the names of foods to your child. This is greatly helpful when your child wants to eat (or not!) a particular food.
For example, start with simple phrases. Ask your child if she would like soup as you prepare a spoonful of soup. This provides an immediate explanation of the word. Repeat the sample question with other foods.
Now expand this to asking if your child would like soup or yogurt. Give her a taste of each. Long before your child can talk, you will be getting great feedback!
Adventures in Autism
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