How to Teach: Expressing Want

In this section, we will not only learn how to teach the word want, but also how to express who is the one wanting and what they want. This is the first explanation of a subject-directobject-verb sentence. In this section we will learn the following:
– You want that?
– You want that.
– I want that.
– No
– Ok
– Wait

Phase One

Step One

When you recognize they want something, sign “You want that?”

To do this:
1. Sign “you” (point to them)
2. Sign “that” (point to what they want)
3. Sign “want”

Step Two

At this point, you have two choices for what to do:
1. If they are not supposed to have what they want. Sign “no”
2. If they are allowed to have what they want, bobble your head to show them you understand them and either give it to them (if you have it) or sign “wait,” get it, and give it to them.

After you do this for a week, start phase two of teaching. In phase two, the steps are as follows.

Phase Two

Step One

When you recognize they want something, sign “You want that?”

Step Two

Make them sign “I want that.” Help them form the signs with their hand until they can do it on their own.

Step Three

At this point, you have two choices for what to do:
1. If they are not supposed to have what they want. Sign “no”
2. If they are allowed to have what they want, bobble your head to show them you understand them and either give it to them (if you have it) or sign “wait,” get it, and give it to them.

This is the final phase. This begins after the child regularly signs in response to the signed question and, hopefully, uses that sign independently to express their want/need.

Phase Three

Step One

When you recognize they want something, sign “You want that?”

Step Two

Wait till they sign it before responding.

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