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Difficulties with imagination

Provision and /or strategies

  • Harness the use of the child or young person’s interest when considering the approach.
  • The child may benefit from being taught and modelling imaginative play sequences sometimes referred to as structured play.
  • Familiar adults introduce simple pretend play, using familiar objects to model new play.
  • Role play and drama, use of props (e.g. puppets, hats or materials) to act out familiar stories.
  • Modelling; providing a narrative for the child’s play.
  • Story telling.
  • Use of technique such as ‘Helicopter stories’ to engage children in making up their own stories.
  • Singing and improvisation.
  • Photos used to talk through what might be happening.

Last updated 2 November 2021

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