- Consider how many information carrying words a child can manage when giving instructions – adapt use of language and method, e.g. simple choices, reduce complexity and sentence length.
- Provide visual prompts alongside language, including key vocabulary, visual timetables, now and next, gestures
- Labelling equipment with pictures, signs and words
- Ensure the adult is physically at child’s level
- Give extra / allow take up time to process what has been said
- Think about the environment and how to limit any distractions
- Check you have engaged the child’s attention before talking to them, use the child’s name to attract attention
- Check that hearing has been tested
- Plan specific opportunities to teach new vocabulary as well as opportunities to revisit and practice, to develop understanding and use of new words.
- Consider use of ‘first and then’ or ‘now and next’ supported by visual prompts
- Meet regularly with parents to discuss how advice and strategies can be continued and strengthened when used at home
- Repeat key words and phrases
Links and Resources
ECAT Guidance for Consultants
Last updated 17 November 2020