WOW! Word™ of the Week: AVAILABLE

by Caity Whiteaker June 02, 2014 1 Comment

A WOW! Word™ is any word that, when used by a child in conversation, causes the listener to sit up and take notice. That's positive attention, mind you. Positive attention that generally includes the verbal response, "Wow!"

It's true. WOW! Words invite children––regardless of natural or learned language abilities––to be confident and powerful talkers, talkers who hold their listeners' attention.

To introduce a new WOW! Word, merely begin using the word and any of its forms––available, availability––often and every day. Look for opportunities to use the WOW! Word in daily conversations for a week or more. Then continue using the word as you add to your ever-growing collection of WOW! Words.  

It's noteworthy when your infant shows she understands words like bye-byemommy, or daddy. So too, you'll notice her understanding of each new WOW! Word. And when she begins to lead those conversations, she'll just naturally use every kind of word you've been modeling for her. 

This week's WOW! Word: available 

Use the word in sentences, such as: 

  1. We'll ask Grandpa if he's available to play with us. 
  2. We have extra markers available for your friends.  
  3. Mommy is available to read to us.  
  4. Are any of those seats available?
  5. I see a parking space available over there. 

To introduce your older child to WOW! Words, check out Babs' WOW! Words for ages 4–7.


Copyright © 2014 Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz

Caity Whiteaker
Caity Whiteaker


1 Response


March 25, 2015

I imagine that the reaosn they’re having an all-disabled vesion of the show is to minimise people’s tendencies to see the disability and not see the person. I know that my attitude to disability changed profoundly the first time I found myself in a situation where able-bodied people were in the minority. You’re right, though.

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