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  • Writer's pictureSarah Shiovitz, M.S., SLP

The Power of Waiting

Updated: Feb 24, 2021

There is often the temptation to speak and answer for our little ones.

Waiting is SO SO hard.

Think about a conversation you recently had with your little guy or gal. When engaging them in a conversation or holding a conversation, research shows that providing three seconds or more of "wait time" improved ability to respond and response quality (Rowe, 1986). 

What can we do?

Even though it's hard and takes a great deal of mindfulness and restraint, holding off on asking multiple questions, statements, or requests will allow for more "wait time" and give the opportunity to respond or ask a question.

Here’s how to do it...

  1. Stop

  2. Take a breath

  3. Count to 5

  4. Count to 5 again

  5. Ask an open ended question (e.g. "what do you think we should do now?")

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