At this level, a child can interact with key people in their life but may need a little more support to do so effectively. This level is all about building a strong foundation for their interactions and play.
At this level, the child:
- may interact with familiar people in familiar situations.
- may understand simple, familiar sentences.
- may express needs or wants by pointing, gesturing or using short phrases.
- may interact with others only when spoken to.
- may not initiate their own interactions.
- may engage in play activities for longer periods.
- may take turns in play but may need support.
- may play with toys functionally.
- may choose to play with the same toys all the time.
- may avoid playing in unfamiliar situations or with certain toys.
- may play alone or parallel with others.
Goals of the Activities:
- Assist the child to initiate play.
- Teach the child to take turns in a range of activities.
- Support the child to communicate for a variety of purposes (e.g. refuse and protest, answer questions, comment, greet, ask for help, ask to join in).
- Help the child to follow simple directions.
- Expand functional play.
- Introduce and support pretend play.