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Language and Communication Verbalise feelings appropriately  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Able to say 'No' and 'I don't like it' appropriately

Early years skill:Managing feelings and behaviour
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Social Interaction
TAP level:TAP36
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
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
Make choices between desirable and non-desirable things using language appropriately

Attractive and non attractive food stuffs

1. During snack time have crisps/fruit etc on table and raw onion.

2. Offer raw onion. Model shaking head and saying 'no' and 'I don't like it' when raw onion is offered. Praise child for making appropriate refusal and then offer more attractive food. Model saying 'yes' appropriately.

3. When the child is used to this activity can you offer an unattractive food and wait for a short time before offering an attractive food?

4. Incorporate another adult in this activity who can model accepting and rejecting in a good way and a bad way. Can the child comment on the adult's behaviour and say if it is good or bad accepting/rejecting behaviour.

Extend this skill to everyday experiences as the child gets better at it e.g. in the dinner hall, when choosing library books/videos.

Clothing choices going out to play

Warm clothes

Cool clothes

Offer thick coat/hat etc on a sunny day and suggest taking a jumper off on a cold rainy day. Can the child say 'No' and not get upset?

Toy choices during wet play

Broken or very babyish toys

Popular toys for the child's age group

Offer choices as above. Model saying 'No' and 'I don't like it' if needed. Reward acceptable rejecting and accepting behaviour with praise.

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