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Masters in Educational Practice: Child and adolescent development 0-19

3

Speech, language and communication development

3.8

Ideas for the classroom

It is best to use real-life situations, toys, books, or activities that stimulate real conversations. Activities should vary depending on the chronological and developmental age of the child.

Practise:

  • correct greetings for different individuals
  • requesting items – politely vs. impolitely
  • situational language – quietly vs. loudly; staying on topic; retelling stories; or talking about certain topics
  • non-verbal signals used in language – frowning vs. smiling.

Some further ideas to help children with language difficulties are:

  • have learners repeat directions orally (sequentially).
  • require learners to respond in complete sentences.
  • redirect focus with repetition of same stimulus statement/question.
  • combine oral and written (visual and auditory) presentation of materials to reinforce structure.
  • call learner’s name, touch shoulder and/or whisper to retain attention of learner who appears to be distracted.
  • practise sound and symbol association drills consistently to facilitate appropriate sound production.
  • give learners alternative vocabulary – use multiple words to express one concept.
  • teach vocabulary explicitly.
  • have learners define words based on concept.
  • redirect learners who exhibit behaviour problems.

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