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Solution Name:​​ Improving Pragmatic Language Skills Module​​ 

SKU:​​ PSLSCOTST

Solution Plan: ​​ 

Social communication or pragmatics refers to the way in which children use language within social situations. It has three components including: The ability to use language for different purposes (to greet, inform people about things, demand, command, request).

 

  • Participate in pretend play activities with​​ the​​ child

  • Play simple games to encourage turn taking​​ 

  • Participate in group activities with peers

  • Create stories together

  • Practice making music with different instruments

  • Role play scenarios in which there are problems and solutions (i.e. finding a toy in a story, ordering food in a restaurant)

  • Allow​​ the​​ child to lead during motivating activities

  • Work on greetings with familiar people (i.e. mailman, family friend, grandparents)

During Mealtime:​​ 

  • Offer choices of different foods​​ 

  • Put foods in zip lock bags, plastic containers to encourage the child to hand the container of food to be opened. This may also encourage the child to request the food item by its name​​ (ex., apple, or to request​​ “help or open”).​​ 

  • Present some of the food but not all of it –this will encourage the child to indicate that they want more.

  • Put the food the child likes somewhere out of reach but in view to encourage the child to reach, point, or look at you. Doing this creates a need for them to engage with you.

  • Present food you know your child does not like and model 'no' or a 'head shake' to encourage more appropriate communication for rejecting things

And more…..

  • Share ideas and experiences

  • Develop new insights

  • Dispel misunderstandings

  • Build relationships

  • Answer and ask questions

  • Wait for their turn in a conversation​​ 

  • Use body language that shows interest in a speaker's message

  • Use appropriate volume and intonation for different situations

 

 

Materials Required:

N/A

 

 

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