Q: 'What do I need to open the door?'
A: 'A key.'
So, in order for him to learn the function of something (what opens a door? what cuts the banana? what do I need to call someone with?) we need to start using more complex questions -instead of just looking for a response to a question - we need to prompt him to answer these types of questions.
This morning, Jen used the 'Parents Animal Hospital' (one of my all-time favorites) to show us how to tap into this new concept. She would ask him 'What do we need', because he already knew he wanted the animals out. Then we would say 'We need the key. The key opens the door.'
Seems simple enough. We'll just try to add these questions to our vocabulary so that we're prompting him to answer the questions before we just give him a handout.
If he wants a drink.... 'What do we need to put the drink in?' 'A cup'
If he wants to brush his teeth... 'what cleans your teeth?' 'A toothbrush'