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Language and Communication Indicates wanting to continue an enjoyable experience  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Child will indicate that they want to continue an enjoyable experience.

Early years skill:Listening and attention
Early years typical range:0-11m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English
P-scales/Curriculum level:P2
TAP skill:Language (old categories)
TAP level:TAP12
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:Realisation
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:Engagement
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Songs with actions

No materials required.

Sing songs with simple actions like 'Row row the boat' (with rocking).

When the song is very familiar pause after (or during) the song and encourage the child to indicate that they want the song to continue by looking at you, smiling, or pulling on your hands to continue rocking.

Use simple familiar songs with simple physical actions.

Pause and allow the child time to indicate they want more.

Look for actions, looks or movements which suggest the child is communicating that he wants to continue.

If he makes no indication that he wants to continue pull a few times on his hands (to prompt him) and then sing the song again.

Sensory Toys

Vibrating toys, light and sound toys.

Use sensory toys that the child enjoys.

Turn on the toy, give it to the child, let him hold it for a while and then turn it off.

Look to see if the child communicates that he wants the item turned back on.

Allow the child time to enjoy the toy before turning it off.

After you turn it off pause and look for any communication.

If he makes no communication prompt him by making a sound ( 'ah'?) and turn it back on.

Continue for a few turns.

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