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Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:not specified
TAP level:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info; Post School Education info

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This page was originally created for/by the following organisation: Barts Health NHS Trust (Tower Hamlets) Speech and Language Therapy for Children.
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Picture pairs

Plastic perspex sheet with hole in the middle, around 40cm x 30cm (e.g "E-tran frame");

Two sets of everyday picture cards - or whatever the student is interested in.

  1. Start with using just one picture at a time;
  2. Have the two sets of pictures face up;
  3. Take one picture and put it on the frame in one of the four corner positions;
  4. Show the student its matching card;
  5. Ask the student to find the matching card on the frame (e.g. "Where's the banana?");
  6. If they look at it, confirm what they have looked at ("Yes! The banana!"), and pair it with the other one, and put it in a "done" pile. To make it more fun, you could pretend to eat it (or whatever is relevant for the picture you have used).

If the student has difficulties, you can try pointing it at each position on the frame - starting from their top left and working across and down - say "is it here" at each position ("no!") - until you get to the right position, say "yes" "here's the....". Say "look at the....", then ask them and say "where was the....?" - taking your eyes slowly to the position - trying to take the student's eyes with you. When you get there, take it off, pretend to eat it (for example) and then put it on the "done" pile with the other card.

More ideas about this here from Call Scotland

Going further

When a student can do this with one picture, try adding more pictures on the frame (distractor pictures). Start with two, then three/four (one on each corner), then gradually up to seven (each corner and the middle of each side except the bottom side. Put the target card - the one you are working on - in one of the positions you are using.

Find the picture/item

Plastic perspex sheet with hole in the middle, around 40cm x 30cm (e.g "E-tran frame");

Two sets of everyday picture cards - or whatever the student is interested in.

If the student has difficulties, you can try pointing it at each position on the frame - starting from their top left and working across and down - say "is it here" at each position ("no!") - until you get to the right position, say "yes" "here's the....". Say "look at the....", then ask them and say "where was the....?" - taking your eyes slowly to the position - trying to take the student's eyes with you. When you get there, take it off, and pretend to eat it/drive it etc.

More ideas about this here from Call Scotland

Going further

When a student can do this with one picture, try adding more pictures on the frame (distractor pictures). Start with two, then three/four (one on each corner), working up to seven (each corner and the middle of each side except the bottom side. Put the target card - the one you are working on - in one of the positions you are using.

Confirmation using a "special spot"

Plastic perspex sheet with hole in the middle, around 40cm x 30cm (e.g "E-tran frame");

Two sets of everyday picture cards - or whatever the student is interested in.

The idea of this activity is for the student to learn how they can confirm a choice. It is necessary to have some way of them confirming a choice because:

  • They may look at the picture they want to communicate for a short period of time;
  • They may gaze to several pictures;
  • They may gaze at you to confirm a choice, or they may gaze for you to say something.

All these will make it difficult to be sure what they are trying to communicate.

The "special spot" (which could for example be a red circle stuck in the bottom middle of the frame) can be a point that a student to look to to:

  • confirm a selection;
  • to indicate starting or stopping the current communication exchange.

More ideas about this here from Call Scotland

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