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Optimising communication
Girl and teacher preparing for an informal
                  communication review

Choose a child in your class with communication difficulties and review their ability to communicate.

Consider the following areas:

  • What methods of communication do they use?
  • Who do they communicate with - you, their peers, others?
  • In what areas of their life do they really communicate?
  • What steps do you take to make sure that they can express their views on matters that affect them?
  • How do you act upon their communication?
  • What is being/could be done to improve the child's ability to communicate? Think about features of the child's environment, not just ways of improving their communication skills
  • Make an action plan to improve the child's ability to determine things for themselves. Act upon it and monitor any resulting improvements in the child's quality of life.