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Language and Communication Starts to greet familiar people using a reward chart system  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Greets familiar people using a reward chart.

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Early years skill:Making Relationships
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:P3ii
TAP skill:not specified
TAP level:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:Anticipation
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
Says ‘Hello’ to 3 familiar people
  • Digital camera
  • Velcro
  • Laminated sheet of paper
  • Stickers
  • Laminated symbols for  ‘Hello’ (ask your speech and language therapist)


  1. Agree with 3 familiar people that the child is going to start greeting them by saying ‘Hello’.
  2. Explain to the people you have selected that the child is learning to greet another person and there are a number of steps to this.
  3. Explain that the child will get a sticker reward for starting to say ‘hello’.
  4. Ask the people you have selected to respond to the child’s greeting by making eye contact and saying ’hello’ with a welcoming gesture.
  5. The steps for greeting include:
    • Stopping
    • Looking
    • Gesturing
    • Handing over a symbol of ‘Hello’
    • Saying/signing ‘Hello’
  6. Take photos of the people you want the child to greet and laminate.
  7. Put the photos on a laminated sheet of A4 paper using velcro.
  8. Next to each photo velcro on a laminated symbol of ‘Hello’.
  9. As you approach the target person they need to stop and get down to make eye contact with the child and say and gesture ‘hello’. It is best to use just one word.
  10. Help the child identify the person in the photos by pointing to the photo.
  11. You model saying ‘Hello + name + welcoming gesture. As you do this point to the person’s photo and then point to the ‘hello’ symbol.
  12. Support the child to do the same by using hand over hand if needed.
  13. The child gets a sticker for stopping / looking / gesturing / saying ‘Hello’ verbally.
  14. As the child learns the routine slowly give fewer and fewer prompts for greeting targeted adults.
  15. Keep giving stickers for as long as the child needs this reinforcement.

The length of these instructions show that this is quite a difficult routine to learn!

The object of the activity is give the child conventional politeness.

Allow time to develop this skill.


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