This is a strategy for initiating spontaneous language by placing a highly preferred object in sight of the student, but not easily attainable without involving communication with an adult. For example, the teacher knows that the computer is a student’s favorite activity. She takes the mouse and hangs it on a hook above the computer and out of his reach. She waits for him to say something before she gives him the mouse.
I can’t get my student to request something without providing a verbal prompt or model. He is so dependent on me and waits until I ask him to talk.