Let Baby Tell You (Toddler) (Cantonese version with English subtitles only)

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Title:Let Baby Tell You (Toddler)

Scene: Baby Yau Yau is crawling on the floor.

Father: Baby.

Scene: Baby Yau Yau is walking alone and looking around.

Yau Yau: Where are mom and dad?

Father: Baby.

Mother: Baby.

Father: Baby, do you get what dad means?

Mother: Baby, would you give some response to mom?

Scene: Baby Yau Yau sees father and mother.

Yau Yau: Oh! Here you are! Let me sit down first, you have something to tell me?

Father: Baby, that’s great. Dad no longer needs to look up before I can see your face.

Mother: Yes, we can see very clearly. We can see your expression and response.

Yau Yau: Dad, mom if you want to communicate with me better and want me to respond to what you said. Then you have to sit down, concentrate and watch this video. I will tell you what you have to note when talking and playing with me. This is very useful, don’t miss it!

Heading: Communicating with Young Children

Scene: Father Ah Kin and mother Ah Ying sit on sofa, while baby Yau Yau sits on floor mat and plays toys.

Ah Ying: Yau Yau, here’s the ring!

Ah Kin: Yau Yau, here’s the ball!

Yau Yau: Sitting on the sofa are my dad Ah Kin and mom Ah Ying. They talk and play with me whenever they have time. By listening and watching them I can probably guess their meaning.

Yau Yau: However, they do not seem to notice what I am doing. Actually I have indicated but why don’t they understand?

Scene: Baby Yau Yau shakes her head, holds up the toy in her hands.

Ah Kin: This ducky is beautiful!

Scene: The doorbell rings.

Ah Kin: Let me open the door.

Yau Yau: Hey, somebody is coming, who’s there?

Scene: Father opens the door, aunite Ah Shan is standing outside the door carrying baby Alvin.

Ah Shan: Hello, Ah Kin.

Ah Kin: Hello, Ah Shan, Alvin!

Yau Yau: Yes, it’s auntie!

Ah Shan: Hello! Let’s take our shoes off first.

Ah Kin: Yeh! Let me help Alvin to take off his shoes.

Scene: Auntie Ah Shan carries baby Alvin, walks into the house and tells him.

Ah Shan: See, Auntie Ying is over there! Hello! Let’s say hello to Auntie Ying first.

Ah Shan, Ah Ying: Hello!

Ah Ying: Yau Yau, say hello to Auntie and Alvin!

Scene: Auntie Ah Shan puts down baby Alvin. Yau Yau and Alvin sit on the floor mat and play with the cooking set.

Alvin: Yau Yau, mom and I come to visit you again!

Yau Yau: I am so happy!

Ah Kin: You see Yau Yau is so happy on seeing Alvin!

Ah Ying:  Yau Yau, say “Auntie”!

Ah Kin: You have to give some response.

Scene: Auntie Ah Shan squats down, face to face with baby Yau Yau.

Ah Shan: Yau Yau, I am Auntie. Call me Auntie!

Scene: Baby Yau Yau can see auntie Ah Shan clearly because Yau Yau is facing auntie Ah Shan. She does not speak, instead, she makes “ahah” sound happily.

Ah Ying: Ah Shan, why does Yau Yau response so well to you? Ah Kin and I always try to talk to her but her response to you is particularly good.

Ah Shan: Alvin’s elder sister also behaved like that when she was young but there are ways to improve.

Scene: Ah Shan, father Ah Kin and mom Ah Ying sit on sofa at living room.

Ah Shan: Communicating with babies needs to be “two-way”.

Ah Ying: What is meant by “two-way”?

Ah Shan: First you should let the baby see you clearly and you can see her too. Also, don’t just always talk yourself. You need to note her facial expression intonation and action give her more responses. Let the baby know that you understand her meaning. She will be interested to continue chatting with you.

Ah Kin: However, Ah Shan, before you come, we were chatting with Yau Yau while playing with her but why she just ignored us?

Ah Ying: Right! She always ignores us.

Ah Shan: How do you usually play with her?

Ah Kin: It’s like what we did just now. She sits on the floor and we sit on the sofa and holding the toy to draw her attention but she seems not interested!

Ah Shan: How about we sit on the floor and play with them and see what the difference is!

Ah Kin: Okay!

Scene: Father Ah Kin, mom Ah Ying and auntie Ah Shan sit on the floor mat, face to face with baby Yau Yau.

Ah Kin: Wow! It’s really very different. I can finally see Yau Yau’s face and expression!

Ah Ying: I see, this is the way to do it!

Ah Shan: Yes!

Yau Yau: Auntie is great!

Alvin: She learned it from Maternal and Child Health Centre.

Scene: Father Ah Kin pushes toy car on floor mat forward and backward.

Ah Kin: Let me try, Yau Yau, here’s the car! Yau Yau. Why she ignores me?

Scene: Baby Yau Yau and Alvin are playing with the cooking set.

Ah Shan: You bent down to talk to her was right but did you notice that they were playing cooking set. If you want your baby to respond to you, you should join in the game they are playing then they can give you the proper response.

Ah Ying: I see.

Scene: Father Ah Kin picks up a toy cup, mom Ah Ying picks up a toy teapot and play with baby Yau Yau together.

Ah Kin: Come on, how about making some tea?

Ah Shan: In fact, when playing with your baby, she can learn a lot.

Scene: Auntie Ah Shan picks up a toy and put it into toy rice cooker.

Ah Shan: Shall we put it in? Put it in!

Scene: Baby Alvin imitates Ah Shan, picking up a toy and putting it into a toy rice cooker.

Ah Shan: Yes, Alvin knows how to put things into the cooker.

Ah Ying: I see! You noticed Alvin has picked up something then you teach him put it into the cooker.

Ah Kin: And you praise him for doing so. This is what you said before by giving response to the baby.

Ah Shan: That’s right. That’s it.

Yau Yau: Your mom is terrific! She teaches you while playing with you. Also she knows how to praise you. It would be great if my mom and dad can do so.

Alvin: Yau Yau, my mom and dad also have to learn before they know! I think uncle and auntie are also smart. They should be able to learn quickly.

Yau Yau: Hope they get it quickly.

Scene: Ah Kin is carrying Yau Yau, Ah Ying is pushing a stroller, Ah Kay and Ah Kam are pushing another stroller, going to the park together. They meet Ah Shan, Ah On and baby Alvin at a pavilion.

Ah Kin: Wow! It’s raining. Let’s get into the shelter. Okay?

Ah Kam: Good! Have you been here for a long time already? Hello!

Ah Kin: Yau Yau, be seated in the stroller.

Scene: Ah Kin put baby Yau Yau back into the stroller.

Ah Kin: Quite thirsty, want some drinks?

Ah Kam: Okay, I will go with you. Are there other things to buy?

Ah Kay: No, thank you

Ah Kam: Okay, let’s go!

Scene: The three mothers, Ah Ying, Ah Kay and Ah Shan, and Ah On sit on a bench in the pavilion, the three babies sit in their own stroller.

Ah Ying: Ah Shan, Ah Kin and I teach Yau Yau using the ways you told us. She speaks more now and we enjoy while we play together.

Ah Shan: This is good.

Ah Kay: Right, recently my Chun Chun also says a lot more!

Ah On: Huh? What does she say?

Ah Kay: I don’t know! She tries to say something but she likes to talk to me.

Yau Yau: Chun Chun, I’m really happy to see you again.

Chun Chun: Yau Yau, Alvin said your mom and dad are learning how to communicate with you.

Alvin: Right, my mom taught them.

Yau Yau: In the past, I had to look up before I could see them. It is different now they sit down on the floor or lift me up when talking to me.

Chun Chun: Your mom really improved a lot. But sometimes, adults are just careless. Just like my mum, once we were waiting for the elevator. I wanted to press the lift button but she misunderstood I was naughty. Well, my dad knew what I wanted and taught me to say the word “light” too.

Scene: Father Ah Kam, Mother Ah Kay and baby Chun Chun are waiting for an elevator. Chun Chun stretches out her arm trying to press the elevator button.

Ah Kay: Chun Chun, don’t be naughty.

Scene: Ah Kam squats down, face to face with Chun Chun.

Ah Kam: Hey! Chun Chun, you want to press the button?

Scene: Chun Chun nods her head, father Ah Kam picks up Chun Chun and shows Chun Chun of him pressing the elevator button.

Ah Kam: Chun Chun. It glows. It’s a “light”. Press the button!

Scene: Chun Chun stretches out her arm and presses the elevator button.

Ah Kam: Wow, terrific! Let’s wait for the elevator to come down.

Scene: Back to the pavilion in the park, the three babies sit in their own stroller.

Alvin: Ah, your dad is very smart. He can read your mind and teaches you so many things

Chun Chun: As long as the adults observe what we are doing and what we like before teaching us. That will make everyone happy.

Yau Yau: Alvin, how about your dad?

Alvin: My dad loves me very much but when he talks, it is either too long or too difficult so I sometimes do not quite understand.

Scene: Father Ah On, mom Ah Shan, baby Alvin and sister are waiting for the school bus at the school bus station, Alvin stretches out his arm and pulls his sister’s school bag.

Alvin: Once my mom and dad brought me to send my sister to school. I wanted to play with her school bag.

Sister: Dad, Alvin pulled my school bag!

Ah On: Alvin, why are you pulling your sister’s school bag? There‘re lots of books and notebooks inside ……

Scene: Ah On bends down, says a lot of things to Alvin.

Alvin: Dad said many things I did not know what he wanted.

Ah On: Remember don’t pull your sister’s school bag again!

Scene: Mom Ah Shan picks up Alvin.

Ah Shan: Do you want to play with sister’s school bag?

Alvin: Mom was different. She simply told me that I should not play with sister’s school bag. She knew that I wanted a school bag and let me put a small bag on.

Scene: Back to the park, the three babies sit in their own stroller.

Chun Chun: Your mom is so clever!

Alvin: Yes, my mom understands my mind very well. She explains things to me in simple words that make me understand easily. Yau Yau, how are uncle and auntie recently?

Yau Yau: Since Auntie Shan came last time, mom and dad have improved a lot. A few days ago, they took me to fruit store.

Scene: Ah Kin holds Yau Yau’s hands, together with Ah Ying, walks into a fruit shop. Ah Ying picks up an orange.

Ah Ying: Yau Yau, here are your favorite oranges!

Scene: Yau Yau picks up a lemon, Ah Kin squats down.

Ah Kin: Come on! This is a lemon, very sour. Yau Yau, do you like it? Lemon, lemon is very sour. Do you like it? “um” Right! Wonderful, Yau Yau!

Scene: Yau Yau passes the lemon to her father, Ah Kin put it back onto the shelf, and picks up a bunch of bananas.

Ah Kin: Come on, let’s look at this. Wow! Banana, it smells good, it tastes great, do you want to try one? Banana.

Yau Yau: Dad knew that I liked the fruits, so he let me have a close look and taught me a lot of things about lemon and banana.

Scene: Yau Yau stretches out her arm and touches a pear.

Ah Kin: This is a pear

Shopkeeper: Is this your child?

Ah Ying: Yes.

Shopkeeper: She’s cute!

Ah Ying: Thank you!

Scene: Back to the park, three babies sit in their own stroller.

Yau Yau: The shopkeeper said that I was cute!

Alvin: See how happy you are when being praised!

Chun Chun: Yau Yau, your mom and dad have really improved a lot!

Yau Yau: Hope they will get even better!

Scene: Ah Kin and Ah Kam are walking along the street outside the park chatting.

Ah Kin: Now my wife and I have learned how to play with Yau Yau anywhere and anytime. Besides being at home, we can also play when going shopping like buying fruits. This gives her more learning opportunities.

Ah Kam: You really become smarter after some time!

Ah Kin: Of course!

Ah Kam: But you have to remember one thing is to relax yourself. Don’t force yourself when you’re too tired. There are also times when babies don’t want to play, like when she is too tired or hungry don’t force her too. That’s to say, when playing with babies, we have to be relax and happy.

Ah Kin: Absolutely agree

Scene: Back to the park, Ah Kin and Ah Kam give out drinks to others.

Ah Kam: One bottle for each, let’s quench our thirst.

Scene: Few weeks later, Ah Kin, Ah Ying, Ah Shan and Alvin are in living room at Yau Yau‘s home. Yau Yau and Alvin sit on floor mat.

Alvin: Yau Yau, after these few weeks, did your mom and dad have any progress?

Yau Yau: They improved a lot. I am so happy.

Alvin: See! I have said they are pretty smart!

Yau Yau: You are right!

Ah Ying: Ah Shan, Yau Yau is still saying baby words. Why do other kids seem to do better than her?

Ah Shan: Don’t worry too much. When Alvin’s elder sister was just before two, she only knew to say a few words. At first, I thought she had a problem. Later I took her to the Maternal and Child Health Centre for check-up, the nurse told me that she was just a bit slow in talking but otherwise was good. The nurse also taught me how to play with her and continue to observe her. By the age of two, she really said a lot more.

Ah Kin: But Ah Ying and I are still very worried!

Ah Shan: It’s normal that you are worried. Every child is different, some progress faster while some are a bit slower so don’t compare your child with other children! Sometimes, even if we spent a lot of effort our kid may not have significant improvement so don’t put pressure on yourself and your baby. If you are still worried, you can make an appointment at the Maternal and Child Health Centre. It is better than being cranky.

Ah Ying: You’re right, I’d better call to make an appointment and ask the nurse’s advice.

Alvin: Yau Yau, uncle and auntie care for you so much!

Yau Yau: Yes, though I’m not speaking well, they understand me more. We communicate with each other very happily!

Heading: Tips from the Speech Therapist

Scene: Miss Siu and five parents are in Child Assessment Centre of the Department of Health.

Miss Siu: Welcome to this parents sharing session. I am Miss Siu, Speech Therapist of the Child Assessment Service, Department of Health. Today’s session is divided into two parts. The first part is on sharing of our experience in communicating with children. The second part is sharing of some video clips. Well, who would like to speak first?

Father A: Let me start first! I have a one and a half year old baby and I know the importance of parent-child communication, so I find time to play with her after back from work everyday.

Mother B: What do you play with her?

Father A: We usually play riding on horse back or hide and seek. I catch her, she catches me too. We have so much fun.

Father C: Miss Siu, is that what you called parent-child communication?

Sub-heading: Enjoy Quality Time with Child

Miss Siu: This dad has done a good job, because you know how to treasure your time with children and has done the most important thing. That is, both of you enjoy the play time very much. Apart from having fun, we also need to know play can help in many aspects of children’s development.

Father A: I never think of it! Can you tell us a bit more?

Sub-heading: Learn in Play

Miss Siu: In fact, for young children play is part of their lives. Through the relaxing atmosphere during play, children will be curious to explore and learn things around them. Parents can take this opportunity to teach them how to get along with others and learn how to express themselves.

Father A: Wow, play is so important in learning!

Miss Siu: Yes, we can help children learn many different things through play! Let’s say, like language, we can teach children many different vocabularies while we play. For example: A variety of nouns and relevant verbs.

Mother B: Well, there are so many things to learn in play.

Sub-heading: Learning through Play

Point 1: Build a relaxing atmosphere

Point 2: Foster chances to communicate

Point 3: Explore and learn

Point 4: Learn to express needs

Sub-heading: Queries on Language Development

Mother D: In fact, I am quite worried about my son’s ability to speak! So I teach him all the time but he refuses to imitate what I say.

Miss Siu: There are many different factors that can affect children’s language development. So we should pay attention to children’s other areas of development too, such as hearing, cognitive development and intention to communicate. We should not forget factors in the environment. We need to think whether we have given children the opportunities to express their needs and also whether we have encouraged them at the appropriate time. These are some very important prerequisites.

Sub-heading: Factors affecting Language Development

Point 1: Hearing development

Point 2: Cognitive development

Point 3: Intention to communicate

Point 4: Chances to communicate

Sub-heading: Observe Expressions of Child

Mother D: I have paid attention to areas you already mentioned, but I don’t worry about my son’s hearing because he would go and look for the slightest sound. And when I ask him to do something, he knows exactly what to do. He even picks up a toy and asks you to play with him.

Miss Siu: This mom has done a good job! You have observed many details particularly on what your child understood. Children must understand before he can express. At the age of two, children’s ability to express varies greatly. Sometimes we just have to be patient.

Father D: What should we do then?

Sub-heading: Methods to Facilitate Language Development

Miss Siu: Good question! There are many things that we can do, such as describing the things around them or describing what they are doing or what we are doing. In short, is to talk while doing. They do not necessarily imitate what we say, but what we have said is not wasted. By doing so, we are helping their understanding.

Sub-heading: Important Points on Language Development

Point 1: First understand then speak

Point 2: The pace can be different

Point 3: Make use of daily situations and talk with the child

Mother E: Miss Siu, I have studied what you have just said. I have also practiced with my daughter for some time still she does not speak.

Miss Siu: Having heard what you said, in this case I encourage you bring your child for a check-up at Maternal and Child Health Centre or seek your family doctor’s advice.

Sub-heading: Seek Medical Advice if You Have Any Questions

Miss Siu: Do you have any other experience to share?

Parents: No!

Miss Siu: Let’s have a look at the following demonstration video.

Parents: Okay!

Heading: Communication Skills in Practice

Miss Siu: Effective parent-child communications are “two-way” and interactive. We shall show you four skills that can encourage children’s participation. The first skill is “Face to Face”. We shall see how the following parents change position according to their children’s height to get the effect of “face to face”.

Scene: Father Ah Kin kneels down on the floor mat, plays with the stacking rings and talks to his baby.

Ah Kin: “woo” ……“woo”……

Miss Siu: This father kneeled down on the floor so his son could see his expression clearly.

Ah Kin: You put this one down, right!

Sub-heading: Face to Face

Scene: Mom Ah Shan and baby Alvin are at school bus station.

Ah Shan: Alvin, you want to play with your sister’s school bag?

Scene: Mom Ah Shan picks up Alvin and talks to Alvin face to face.

Miss Siu: This mother used another approach. She lifted her son up before speaking to him. She can see his facial expression clearly.

Ah Shan: Sister carries her school bag and this small one is for you.

Sub-heading: Face to Face

Scene: Ah Kin holds Yau Yau’s hand and walks into a fruit shop together with Ah Ying. Ah Ying picks up an orange.

Ah Ying: Yau Yau, here are the oranges you like!

Scene: Ah Kin squats down, picks up a bunch of bananas and talks to Yau Yau face to face.

Ah Kin: Right! It smells good!

Miss Siu: This father squatted down to speak to her so they could see each other. You see how happy they were.

Miss Siu: The second skill is “Allow the Child to Lead”. Let us see how the parents first observe their children then follow their interest and play together.

Scene: Mom Ah Ying and baby Yau Yau sit on floor mat at home and play with toys.

Ah Ying: Baby, shall we play this one? Come on, “woo”, baby, you try this.

Miss Siu: The mother planned to play the ring with her daughter but she preferred playing a ball so the mother changed to play the ball with her!

Ah Ying: Throw, throw it, throw, throw it.

Miss Siu: Mother also taught her the verb “Throw”.

Ah Ying: Roll away! The ball rolls away!

Miss Siu: And said “The ball rolls away!” to describe the scene.

Sub-heading: Allow the Child to Lead

Scene: Father Ah Kin, mom Ah Ying and baby Yau Yau are in fruit shop. Yau Yau touches banana with her hands.

Ah Kin: It tastes great!  

Miss Siu: In this video, the daughter was interested in banana so the father followed her interest, showed her the banana and encouraged her to smell it.

Ah Kin: Banana! It smells great! Its yummy, do you want to taste it?

Miss Siu: When he knew her daughter was interested in banana, he took this opportunity to introduce vocabularies related to banana too.

Miss Siu: The third communication skill is to “Talk about What Is Happening”. While playing, the parents take opportunity on what they are doing and use actions and words at the same time. Let us see how they do it!

Scene: Father Ah Kin sits on floor mat, gives a toy duck to a child.

Ah Kin: Hold the ducky, ducky, put it down. Here is a hole that can be put through. You can try.

Miss Siu: This dad and his son were playing stacking rings. When he held a ducky up, he said “ducky”. When he taught his son to put down the ducky, he talked while he demonstrated: “Here’s ducky, put it down!”, “Here is a hole, you can try!” to help the child understand what he was doing!

Sub-heading: Talk about What Is Happening

Scene: Father Ah Kam, mom Ah Kay and baby Chun Chun are waiting for an elevator. Chun Chun tries to press elevator button. Ah Kam squats down and talks to Chun Chun face to face.

Ah Kam: Chun Chun, do you want to press this?

Scene: Chun Chun nods her head, father Ah Kam picks Chun Chun up and shows Chun Chun of him pressing the elevator button.

Ah Kam: Chun Chun, it will glow up that’s a light button, you can press it!

Scene: Chun Chun stretches out her arm and presses the elevator button.

Miss Siu: When the father knew that his daughter would like to press the elevator button, he pressed the button and said something related such as: “A light! It will glow!”.

Sub-heading: Talk about What Is Happening

Scene: Father Ah Kin, mom Ah Ying and baby Yau Yau are in the fruit shop. Yau Yau picks up a lemon. Ah Kin squats down.

Ah Kin: This is a lemon, it’s sour. Yau Yau, do you like it? Lemon, lemon is sour. Do you like it? “um”.

Miss Siu: In this video, the father knew that the daughter was interested in lemon so he took this opportunity to teach her the name of the fruit and the characteristics of lemon.

Miss Siu: The fourth skill is “Response More and Praise More”. Let us see how the following parents use simple words to respond and praise their children, so as to increase their interest to participate.

Scene: Mom Ah Shan and baby sit on floor mat and play with the cooking set.

Ah Shan: Let’s put this in, okay? Put it down, put it down, right! Well done!

Miss Siu: The mother was playing cooking set with her child, she guided him how to put the food inside the cooker. When the child followed her act she would praise his attempt.

Sub-heading: Response More and Praise More

Scene: Father Ah Kin and baby sit on floor mat and play with the stacking rings.

Ah Kin: Put it in! Right! Wonderful!

Miss Siu: When the father and the child played stacking rings, he praised his child for his attempt all the time.

Ah Kin: Come on, put it in, put it in. Don’t you want to play this? How about this one?

Miss Siu: Later, the child became impatient and screamed, the father guessed he was not interested in stacking rings so he voiced out his thought as a response to the child “Don’t you want to play this?” and suggested another way to play “How about this one?”.

Miss Siu: We have just seen how to use each of the four parent-child communication skills. Next, I shall demonstrate to you how to combine these skills together when playing with children.

Scene: Miss Siu, a child and mom sit on a floor mat and playing with a toy food and a knife.

Sub-heading: Face to Face

Miss Siu: See what else auntie has to cut. You see, what is it? What is it? It’s bread.

Child: Bread.

Miss Siu: Bread, shall we cut the bread? Yes!

Child: Yes!

Sub-heading: Talk about What Is Happening

Miss Siu: Okay! Let’s cut, cut. Take the knife. Hold it, hold the knife, hold it. Hold the bread. One, two, three, cut. Ouch! Ouch! So hard! Cut! Cut!

Miss Siu: It’s done! Cut again! Well, ready, one, two, three, cut…… Oh! Cut…… Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! So hard. Ouch! It’s done!

Sub-heading: Allow the Child to Lead

Miss Siu: One more, yes! Let’s do it again. Let auntie hold it! Cut……Cut…… Ouch! Ouch! Not yet, try again, let auntie help you. Cut…… It’s done! It’s done!

Scene: Miss Siu and another child sit on floor mat and play with a toy teapot.

Miss Siu: There’s a sound, let’s open it!

Sub-heading: Response More

Scene: The child gives the toy teapot to Miss Siu.

Miss Siu: Want auntie to open it, right? Auntie opened it. Auntie opened it, opened it, opened it!

Sub-heading: Talk about What Is Happening

Miss Siu:  It’s a strawberry. Cover it, put the cover on! It’s gone, it ran away! Put it in, put it in. Oh!

Sub-heading: Praise More

Scene: Miss Siu and the child are clapping hands to show praise.

Miss Siu: Well done, yes, well done!

Sub-heading: Common problems while communicating with child – How to talk about what is happening?

Miss Siu: Talking about what is happening will benefit the children’s development. Parents may ask how they can do it.

Scene: Miss Siu, children and mom sit on floor mat and play with toy food and knife.

Miss Siu: Wow! There is a fish! You see!

Miss Siu: In fact, we can use action and words at the same time, for example you can describe what the child is doing.

Miss Siu: Fish, goo…goo…goo…goo…goo…goo… Break it. Ouch, it’s broken!

Sub-heading: Describe Child’s Action

Miss Siu: And your own action.

Miss Siu: Let’s get a knife to cut it, okay? See whether auntie has a knife. Take the knife and cut. Okay, let Auntie stick it together, stick it together. Then let me place a chopping board here. Get ready, one, two, three.

Miss Siu: Remember, you have to wait and allow her to response.

Miss Siu: It’s separated! Hold it. Do you want to stick them together…… Stick them together? Stick together, stick together, okay! Let us stick them together, stick them together.

Miss Siu: In this way the child can have the opportunity to take turn and response.

Miss Siu: One, two, three, cut.

Sub-heading: Common problems while communicating with child – What to do if the child loses interest after playing for a while?

Miss Siu: Parents may also ask what they can do if the child loses interest after playing for a while. First, we should check whether the toy or game we’ve chosen suits the child’s ability. Too difficult or too simple ones will decrease the child’s interest. If they are suitable we can try the following ways to attract their interest, for example, by making some noise.

Scene: Miss Siu and children sit on floor mat and play with a toy teapot, make noise by banging and shaking the toy teapot to attract child’s interest.

Miss Siu: Pull it, open it! Here, here, look here! Open it!

Scene: Miss Siu, another child and a mom sit on floor mat, play with a toy fish and a toy teapot.

Miss Siu: Wow! Here is a fish, you see!

Miss Siu: An action.

Miss Siu: Goo…goo…goo…goo…goo…goo… Fish, goo…goo…goo…goo…goo…goo…Break it. Ouch! Take the knife, take it, cut it. Cut here, cut it. Wow!

Miss Siu: Use a different way to play a toy. For example: a toy teapot, apart from pretending to make tea with it. We can also use it as a box for putting things in and taking things out in order to arouse children’s interests.

Miss Siu: Oh! See, what is it?

Miss Siu: If you noticed that the child has lost his interest or even tired of the game. Don’t push him!

Miss Siu: Alright! Let’s stop here!

Sub-heading: Realistic Expectation

Miss Siu: Fostering children to grow up is full of joy and challenges. Each of them has different abilities and pace in development. Some children may be more mature in certain areas but slightly behind in others. Parents need to understand and accept there are individual differences in children and they may progress differently. Sometimes, even if you have nurtured your child with effective methods His performance may not progress as you expected. If you still have doubts about your child’s performance, you can seek professional advice from Maternal and Child Health Centre or other medical staff. In conclusion, as long as you follow the children’s learning pace and guide them patiently, they will grow up happily in a relaxing atmosphere.