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It is critical that the individual initiates some actions without prompting (verbal or physical) from the adult. Through self-initiated activity the learner is developing neural connections and memories that may not be established by having an adult manipulate his/her body.

Let the learner determine when and how to act on an object or make contact and engage with the adult. In whatever ways possible, allow the learner to be an active participant in the world around him/her. Use the natural movements or responses of the the learner, and turn them into purposeful movement. For example, if a child is moving her head continuously, place an object like the Shanti Chime near her head that will make some noise when she bumps it.

If the learner is not actively participating, change something. Remember in the Dynamic Learning Circle this might indicate that the learner is not aware or interested in the materials you have provided. You may need to move the object closer or tie it in place so the object will return to its original position after the child interacts with it. If the child has been playing with an object(s) and then seems to stop playing with it or appears to have stopped learning with the object, it may be time to add some bit of novelty. For example, adding a ping pong ball inside a wire whisk that the child has previously enjoyed.