How To Teach Your Child The Concepts “On” and “In!”

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By Sarah Fowler

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For clinicians or parents, this resource is a great activity with a variety of possible target goals. Today we’ll focus on the concepts “in” and “on.”

Why “In” and “On?”

Around13 to 24 months, toddlers typically start using the words in and on. Between 27 and 30 months of age, most toddlers correctly use “in” and “on” 90% of the time. However, because language development is so variable, some toddlers may not use “in” or “on” correctly until 36 months of age. [1]

  • Use ON to describe the relationship between an object and the surface it is on. For example, “Hat on” when putting a hat on a doll. [1]
  • Use IN to describe the relationship between an object and the container it is in. For example, “Truck in basket” when cleaning up toys. [1]

There are a lot of applications to using the concepts such as following directions and requesting help!

How?

With all new language skills, it’s best practice to first spend time modeling the word before requesting anything from your child. That means everytime you put an object “on” or “in” a place, you exaggerate the word “ON” or “IN.” This helps bring your child’s attention to the words in relation to the context. Once you’ve modeled on/in for about a week, you’re ready to purchase and use our resource! Check out our TikTok tutorial below!

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References

  1. Introduction to Language 3 – 5 Years – More Mature Understanding and Use

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