Individualized program steps and the adapted materials tailored to the child’s interests and his visual strengths will get him exploring and playing soon. Gradually he will get engaged and attentive to the selected learning tasks at hand and then to the surroundings and the daily routine activities too.
As the child grows confident about his communicative skills, play and routine tasks, his eye contact will improve naturally. You will notice him looking at you for approval, communication, initiating a social interaction and even as an invitation for sharing his play!
Kids usually have lots of energy and can be easily directed to a structured outdoor activity of 10-15 minutes during the home sessions. It could include teaching to ride a tricycle or using swing/slide or a trampoline if available. This break will go a long way in producing better focus during the rest of the session, as well as help in interactive sibling play set ups at home and later with peers at school.
Even when the child is inattentive to you and the routine activities, you might have observed him/her being overly focused at certain times, to a particular activity or an object. At other times you might have observed an intense negative reaction to a seemingly casual happening. Those moments and activities can help us clue into the child’s sensory areas of strengths and challenges.
Structured activity time with the siblings and peers has innumerable benefits. Kids are natural helpers and with a little guidance can be great role models for your child. The encouragement for learning and interaction from the peers, goes a long way in building the child’s self-confidence and help nurture friendship.