- Use the child’s name first to draw their attention, followed by key word instructions e.g. “Jamie … stop.”
- Consider booking Attention Building training delivered by the Speech and Language Setting Support (SALSS) team.
- Give clear simple instructions (avoiding idioms)
- Use objects of reference to support routine
- Use literal language (avoiding sarcasm and figures of speech)
- Use of symbol communication such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) if recommended by a specialist who has also provided training to enable practitioners to implement the system correctly.
- Be aware of you own body language: 93% of what we communicate is non-verbal, 7% is communicated through spoken word, 38% through tone of voice, and 55% through body language
Have an awareness of:
- an appropriate tone of voice (calm, not too loud)
- an appropriate environment (noise, temperature, lighting, layout)
- use of language (some children may need a language rich environment; others may need it to be kept simple)
Last updated 17 November 2020