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Difficulties with language / difficulties with communication

Provisions and /or strategies

  • Use the CYP’s name first to draw their attention, followed by key word instructions e.g. Jamie, stop.
  • Give simple instructions (avoiding idioms)
  • Use literal language (avoiding sarcasm and figures of speech)
  • Use of symbol communication such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Be aware of you own body language: 70% of what we communicate is non-verbal

Have an awareness of:

  • what would be an appropriate tone of voice (calm, not too loud)
  • what would be an appropriate environment (noise, temperature, lighting, layout)

Last updated 3 September 2020

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