Senders now act with intent as demonstrated through purposeful behavior for a variety of topics (social/nonsocial). These reciprocal interactions, many of which are initiated by a partner, provide the sender an opportunity during pauses to indicate a desire to continue or repeat interactions. Communication to reinstate or end these interactions is still partner perceived (i.e., interpreting the intent behind the behavior). Such opportunities create; an expectation of our sender’s active participation, their access to topics, and a context for shared experiences with their partner. Sender does not yet demonstrate coordinated behavior to both receiver and topic.
Focus of Instruction
Outcomes of Level I Instruction
Topic: Demonstrates preferences as a result of repeated shared experiences.
Means: Build fluency and expand repertoire of behaviors associated with topics (actions on objects or movements related to topic).
Sender: Demonstrates purposeful behavior to engage in interactions with people and things
Receiver: Expand communication partners to reinstate shared interactions
Achieving boosts child to emerging Level III-IV