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Language and Communication Able to turn take and interact in a group  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils respond to others in group situations, playing or working in a small group cooperatively for example taking turns appropriately.

Early years skill:Making Relationships
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Social Interaction
TAP level:TAP36
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Structured snack activity

Sit 2/3 children round a table

Prepare the things to eat in advance e.g. biscuits on a plate broken into small bits and juice and mugs near to hand.

If using PECS symbols put the biscuit symbol in front of the child and help the child to put the symbol in the adult's hand.

Offer the child the plate of biscuits and support taking one piece only. Say 'Good choosing'.

Move onto next child.

Follow same routine for drinks.

Give only small portions to get the maximum number of interactions before the supply of food and drink runs out.

Keep the pace speedy during this activity so that children do not get too desperate for the food.

Use hand over hand modelling initially to support taking only one piece of biscuit and fade the prompt after a time.

Keep a watchful eye for the child taking extra turns!

Reward desired behaviour with social praise.

Shared toys

Fun toys

Choose high interest toys.

Keep the pace of the activity snappy so children don't loose interest.

Keep each child's turn short so children don't get impatient.

Banging on a drum


Keep the activity snappy and turns short.

Use lots of social praise for behaviour you want.

Use a drum that you bang with a hand not a beater.

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