Quote from smartnurse1982
Not to intrude on the original question, but how are we to entertain children who are not cognitively aware?
Meaning children who cannot track,does not respond to voice, etc.
I would hold the child, and gently rock him, sing to him, stroke his arms & face (firm touch, no tickles), do passive range of motion, gently massage, continue with any OT/PT therapies that he has, use various textures (smooth, bumpy, rough, slippery, fuzzy, squishy, etc.) to stimulate his sense of touch, use various aromas (orange peel, cinnamon, perfume, etc. - as long as he isn't allergic) to stimulate his sense of smell.
Age doesn't matter. If he is too big to hold on my lap, I can still rock him in his bed (put him on his side and tip him forward and backward) or hold him close to me for a hug. I've had older kids - some in their teens - who relax and coo when held or rocked. Touch is so important!
I talk to him all day long. I talk about what we're doing, tell him about the weather, the season, family news, what time his mom is coming home, what kids do in school. If I do something and he shows that he likes it, I comment on that, and I tell him, "You're welcome." (He is thanking me the only way he can when he shows that he likes something by relaxing, smiling, or cooing, etc.)