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Language and Communication use a sign or word to indicate more

Description:

For the child to use a word or sign to get more of an activity.

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:Language Expression
TAP level:TAP24
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs); Primary (5-11yrs)
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Using "go" after "ready steady"

Any simple activity that the child enjoys for example:

- marble or car run

- rolling a ball

- rolling a ball at some skittles

- pushing the child in a swing

For example for the marble run:

1. Hold a marble at the top of the run;

2. Say "ready steady go" (using a sign for "go" at the same time) and let the marble go;

3. Repeat a few times;

4. Now: say "ready steady" (but don't say "go") and wait, if the child makes any noise (or sign), interpret that as "go" and say and sign "go" clearly letting the marble go at the same time;

5. If after a time the child has said or signed nothing, say and sign "go" clearly and let the marble go anyway;

6. Repeat as necessary.

The activity must be motivating and interesting for the child, otherwise it won't work.

Be sensitive to how long you need to wait before saying "go" for the child and doing the action. You need to wait long enough to give the child an opportunity to make a response, but not so long that they get frustrated or lose interest.

Saying or signing "more"

Any simple activity that the child enjoys for example:

- bubbles

- balloon

- marble run

- rolling a ball

- rolling a ball at some skittles

- pushing the child in a swing

For example for the bubbles activity:

1. Blow some bubbles for the child;

2. Ask the child "more?" whilst signing more.

3. Pause, then say and sign "more" and blow some more bubbles.

4. Repeat the question "more?", and wait for the child to indicate something - any sound or gesture should be interpreted as "more" (if that's what they want). Say more and do a clear sign and then blow some more bubbles.

5. If after a time the child has said or signed nothing (and they want more), say and sign "more" clearly and blow some more bubbles anyway;

6. Repeat as necessary.

The activity must be motivating and interesting for the child, otherwise it won't work.

Be sensitive to how long you need to wait before saying "more" for the child and doing the action. You need to wait long enough to give the child an opportunity to make a response, but not so long that they get frustrated or lose interest.

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