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Language and Communication Be aware of an imminent change  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To be aware of an imminent change, for example changing environment (e.g. going to lunch, going out), or change in person interacting with them.

Early years skill:Listening and attention
Early years typical range:0-11m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P1i
TAP skill:Language Understanding
TAP level:TAP6
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info; Post School Education info; Adult info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Use an object cue to signal a change in activity

Set of object cues, including the one relevant for this change

Difference between object cues and objects of reference

  1. Immediately before a change - for example if they are just about to go to lunch - present the object related to the new activity to the person/child to handle;
  2. Go straight to the new activity.

You can use object cues to signal the arrival of a new person, a change in object (e.g. about to move to a standing frame), a change in location, or an imminent event ("POLE") - see:

Objects of reference and object cues are both used to refer to a person, object, location or event; however an object cue could actually be used in the situation, whereas an object of reference is not used in the situation.

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