To encourage communication:

  • Get down to the child’s level
  • Give time for the child to respond 
  • Use the child’s name to attract their attention
  • Reduce background noise
  • Offer a running commentary of the child’s play instead of asking questions
  • Focus on the child’s interests rather than introducing something new

Create communication-friendly classrooms where pictures and symbols are used to organise and label resources and picture timetables and schedules help children understand the sequence of the day. A classroom that is divided into small spaces and activity zones will encourage better communication.

Communication passport

A communication passport can help ensure that the systems are consistent between home and school.

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