Date
20 November 2019

Support communication

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Supporting literacy, social interaction, and communication’

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Ideas to support conversation

Ideas to support conversation

Role model wide and varied vocabulary to enrich language experiences.
  • Cut down on the amount you talk.
  • Comment on what students are doing – this is less pressured than asking questions.
  • When students can’t think of what to say, help them. For example, if a student wants to join in a game say, “Ben, you could say, ‘Can I join in?’”
  • Demonstrate how to say things. Should a student say, “Car blue school”, you can continue the conversation by adding, “So you saw a blue car on the way to school.”
  • Expand on what students say – this helps them to build longer sentences.
  • Expand students’ vocabulary. Instead of saying “Pass me the blue and red container”, say “Pass me the colourful container.”

Ideas to support task completion

Ideas to support task completion

Adapt your language to support student processing.
  • Break tasks into very small stages.
  • Give one instruction, then time to complete action before giving the second instruction.
  • Speak in short sentences, with a short pause in between to allow for processing.
  • Use simple sentences, with simple vocabulary.

Source: Raise Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (opens in a new tab/window)

Support under­standing with visuals

Support under­standing with visuals

Offer information in more than one way.

Use symbols and graphics to illustrate text.

Keep the layout clean and uncluttered.

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Listen up

Publisher: The Communication Trust

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Other ways of speaking Supporting children and young people who have no speech or whose speech is difficult to understand2

Other ways of speaking: Supporting children and young people who have no speech or whose speech is difficult to understand

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Publisher: The Communication Trust

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Teacher tips 2: Practical strategies

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Key areas to support”:

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