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Language and Communication indicates yes given a choice  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Indicates 'yes' given a choice

Early years skill:Speaking
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:Expressive Language
TAP level:TAP24
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:Spoken language/English
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:Standard 1
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info

Note, the child should be able to indicate "no" clearly before starting on these activities

Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Indicating 'Yes'

An undesirable food item

A favourite toy

Two helpers

1. Sit the child at a table with one communicator adult in front and one helper behind the child.

2. Offer the child an undesirable item and wait for the child to reject this. Then offer an item you know the child likes - either food or a toy - say 'Do you want this?' The communicator adult models acceptance by smiling, nodding and saying 'Yes'. The helper adult gently takes the child's head and makes a nod to indicate 'Yes' at the same time. The helper adult does not speak.

3. Continue until the child has learnt to indicate 'Yes' in an acceptable way.

4. Vary the items offered to the child. The child is automatically rewarded for indicating 'Yes' by getting the desired item.

Saying 'Yes' is more difficult for most children than saying 'No'.

Work in short sharp bursts. When the skills for rejecting and accepting look as though they are understood extend the skill to lunch hour choices or playground choices of toys etc.

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