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Language and Communication To make eye contact  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To make eye contact with an adult communication partner.

Early years skill:The world
Early years typical range:0-11m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English
P-scales/Curriculum level:P1ii
TAP skill:Language (old categories)
TAP level:TAP6
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:Inititation
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:Engagement
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
Gain visual attention

Use something that the child may be visually attracted by, for example:

  • Flashing light toy;
  • Any favoured toy;
  • Hair band with a visually interesting item e.g. Christmas bands.
  1. Work in an environment that has as little visual distraction as possible.
  2. Talk to the pupil and attract their attention by playing with the toy/flashing light.
  3. Once the pupil is looking at the item establish visual tracking (move it around a little so that they can follow it with their eyes).
  4. When visual tracking is established bring the item up towards your eyes so that the pupil is looking towards your eyes.
  5. If the pupil makes eye contact then give lots of verbal encouragement by saying "hello" smiling etc.

Remember that although the room needs to have little visual distraction the light needs to be sufficient to allow clear eye contact to be made e.g. a low light sensory room may not be so good for this activity.

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