See our Therapy Programs Here. Join our Therapy Waitlist Here.

Relating two things together

1 September 2021

Why is this important?

Being able to relate two objects together demonstrates the beginnings of cause and effect (e.g. if children bang two bricks together, they make a noise). The noise provides the reward and they will do it again.

What to do

  • Sit your child on the floor (supported if necessary).
  • Put out a variety of easy-to-hold things – such as stacking pots, empty plastic bottles and tubs, bricks.
  • Encourage your child to hold two things (objects) – one in each hand.
  • At first, the two things might come together quite by chance – give lots of praise!
  • Your reaction and the satisfying clunk are rewarding and the bringing together of the two things will become intentional.

Step up

  •  Introduce things that sound different or have different textures (e.g. softballs).
  • Try using a drum and a spoon – your child is then learning to relate two different objects together.
  • Encourage your child to choose what to pick and start banging them independently.

Step down

  • Put your hands over your child’s and bang the objects together.
  • Bang your own set of objects and encourage your child to copy.
  • Use toys that are attached using wrist bands, such as mini-cymbals –children’s hair ties can be useful for this too!