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Eye to Eye
Song Lyrics and Sound Clip
Alan Riva and Karin Howard, MA/CCC - Speech Therapist

This song is available on Alan Riva and Karin Howard's
"Exploring Language Through Song and Play"

Social language (technically speaking, 'pragmatic language') is the way your child uses their language to interact with others. Examples of Social Language include: * When a child understands that their parent is not happy by the parents’ body language or facial expression.
* The ability to take turns during a verbal conversation or a play activity.
* The use of eye contact either before, during, after or absent of verbal communication to gain the attention of their communication partner. In other words, social language is the non-verbal form of communication that ties all of our language skills together to make us social communicators.

This activity is a lot of fun. All you have to do is look at each others’ eyes throughout out the song. My 2 1/2 year old likes to point to his eyes and then mine during the chorus. My 5 year old likes to have a staring contest. The point being that whenever possible try to achieve eye contact with your child during communication attempts, even as early as one day old, the more you model this skill for them the easier it will be for them to use this skill throughout their lives. I am often reminded of this by my 5 year old when I am trying to talk to the children in the other room while I am cooking a meal in the kitchen. She says, "Mom, you’re not using eye contact". What can I say? Nobody's perfect, just use as much eye contact as possible.

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Many thanks to Alan Riva for permission to display these lyric excerpts.
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