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Language and Communication Accepts not getting what he or she wants sometimes  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupil accepts not getting what he/she wants on some occasions.

Early years skill:Managing feelings and behaviour
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Social Skills
TAP level:TAP42
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
Turn taking in a circle

Selection of highly motivating toys

Squeeze ball/sponge

1. Sit the children in a circle and take toys out of a bag. The child is allowed first choice of toys on the first occasion that toys are taken out of the bag but on subsequent occasions will have to wait. A squeeze ball or sponge may help a child to wait by giving the child something to fiddle with while they wait.

2. While the child is waiting for a go with a desirable toy praise good waiting.

3. Gradually extend the time the child must wait.

Sharing desk equipment during class.

'First......then' card - example

Desk equipment e.g. glue, scissors, rulers.

Situations where the child has to accept not having his/her own way straight away.

A short 'story' specially written to explain the behaviour that is wanted in the situation.

Writing short stories to explain difficult situations and to help children manage their behaviour is a technique developed by Carol Grey. The stories are called Social Stories.

Her books about writing social stories and how to use them include:

'My Social Story Book' and

'New Social Story Book'.

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