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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 conversations are an approach to support social understanding. Who are comic strip conversations for? Comic strip conversations 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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Download here: Glossary of subjects you will hear in secondary school 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....

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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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Download here: Glossary of words you will hear in secondary school  

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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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What is a school timetable? At secondary school your child will be given a timetable. The timetable tells them what lessons and breaks they have on each day of the week, who teaches the lesson and which classroom they need to go to. Some schools have a two week timetable called Week A and Week...

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What is an ‘All about me’ sheet? When a child is moving to secondary school, it can be helpful for their new teachers and SENCO to learn more about them. This information will help them best support the child in school and put extra help in place where needed. How do I use an...

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What does emotionally dysregulated mean? Being emotionally regulated means that you are ‘emotionally available’ to interact and learn. When we are emotionally dysregulated we might feel cross, anxious, stressed, upset, distracted and this makes it hard to be ‘emotionally available’ to...

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What are people games? People games are physical games you play with your child without any toys, for example, tickling and chasing. Why are people games so great for communication and interaction? There are lots of opportunities for your child to take a turn as they are repetitive and predictable....

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