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What is joint attention? Joint attention is the sharing of a moment between two people when they both know that they are focused on the same thing.  You might also hear the terms ‘shared attention’ or ‘shared/joint engagement’. This means a child can focus their attention on the person they...

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Comprehension monitoring means checking that a child has the ability to be aware of when they do not understand information or instructions given to them. Once they are aware they need to realise that they need to ask for help to be able to understand. All children can benefit from being given or...

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What is intensive interaction? Intensive interaction is an approach designed to help people at the early stages of communication development. It was developed by the Intensive Interaction Institute. Intensive interaction is a fun and enjoyable way of developing your child’s communication. It is...

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What are comic strip conversations? Comic strip converstatinos are an approach to support social understanding. Who are comic strip conversations for? Comic strip conversaations were originally developed to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder but are also a useful approach for supporting...

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What are First and Then boards? First and Then boards are a type of visual support. They show two activities that take place in sequence, to help your child understand what is going to happen. Why do we use First and Then boards? First and Then boards are really helpful for helping children to...

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What do we mean by ‘creating opportunities’? As parents and carers, it is natural to give your child what you know they want because you are able to predict it. For example, if they sit in a particular way or make a certain noise, it means they’re hungry, thirsty or need help. Parents...

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This vocabulary sheet can tell you the words for lessons at school. We have included some suggested colours if you are planning to colour-code your timetable. Art A lesson where you paint, draw and create different artwork. Biology A lesson where you learn about the things that live on earth...

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What are objects of reference? Objects of reference are objects that are used alongside spoken language to represent activities, people, places, or events. These objects can support transitions from one activity or place to another. You’re probably already using some objects of reference, for...

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What is a first… then board? Using schedules and timetables (for example ‘first…then…) are a more permanent way of showing children what will happen rather than spoken language which is transient. Visual timetables are useful to help children: understand what they are going to do as part...

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What do we mean by ‘creating opportunities’? As parents and carers, it is natural to give your child what you know they want because you are able to predict it. For example, if they sit in a particular way or make a certain noise, it means they’re hungry, thirsty or need help. Parents...

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Moving to secondary school can be a big step for some children. It can be difficult for children to remember what to do in certain situations, especially if they are feeling anxious or overwhelmed. How do we use the help cards in school? Use the ‘help’ cards to talk through these situations with...

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What is a school planner? Most secondary schools provide their pupils with a planner. This helps the pupils to be organised. It is like a diary but it goes from September until July. The planner has different sections. The main part is the diary section. This is where pupils record homework they...

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Visual Support When chatting with your child, referring to pictures or objects related to the conversation topic will help them to learn and remember new words. Use sign and gesture to support your spoken language.   ‘Here and Now’ Try to relate things to the ‘here and now’ and your...

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What is comprehension monitoring? Some children find it difficult to understand language, and what people are saying to them. This might include instructions and stories. These children often also need support to be aware of times when they don’t understand information or instructions, for...

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Pre and over-learning topic vocabulary using word webs Choosing vocabulary Select the most important vocabulary items from the curriculum (identified on a weekly or half-termly basis). Learning vocabulary Create a ‘Word Web’ for each word: what it means what it sounds like how many...

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