Careful use of language

Careful use of language

School staff are trained in using appropriate level of language as well as in maintaining an appropriate pace of delivery when communicating with individual children. They know that children’s levels of verbal communication are not necessarily accurate indicators of the extent to which they understand language. The range, and level of language that staff use vary considerably from pupil to pupil and this is not necessarily linked to chronological age. For instance, when pupils function at a very low level, staff use language which consists of a few single key words which accompany object and picture cues together with Makaton signs or gestures, if appropriate. Pupils who understand and use language at much higher levels may understand language that is only slightly modified. However, they too may require that staff adjust their language quite considerably particularly at times when they experience stress and are slightly anxious or upset. Staff may in these situations cut down on their use of sentence length and complexity of language (vocabulary and grammar) and make more use of pauses in order to facilitate processing of the information. Allt pupils need specific assistance with how to communicate and interact in different social situations and with interpreting and managing emotions.

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