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Language and Communication To indicate own needs.  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


The child must indicate their needs to an adult or peer in a range of situations, and ask for help.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L1b
TAP skill:Language Expression
TAP level:TAP56
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Help card

Laminated 'I need you to help me' card

Use the card during classroom tasks. Introduce it as something that reminds us to ask for help when we need it.

Make it a 'reward' to have the card for an activity. Tell the child who has the card for that activity, that they can ask anyone for help by showing them the card. Give them a target to use it at least once.

Praise the child for using the card.

Sabotaged class activities

Some children are shy of 'correcting' adults, so make sure they know it is ok to tell you can't do the activity.

You may find it useful to 'prime' the children and tell them that you might give them an impossible instruction to check if they are listening.

You may need to provide the children with a model sentence to use when they let you know that they cannot carry out your instruction.

Shopping Game
  • Pictures of dishes - e.g. baked potato with beans and salad;
  • Pictures of the ingredients to make each dish.

There are commercial games which are similar to this, many of them lotto games. Have the children work in pairs,, so that they must ask each other to collect the pieces they need.


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