Communication and Interaction
There are many reasons why we communicate: to develop friendships and relationships; learn; interact; inform; ask questions; express emotions or moods; obtain reassurance; complain; express likes, dislikes, pain, discomfort; apologise; tell stories etc.
"A range of communication tools are used by all classroom-based staff and this ensures that all pupils are able to participate fully in lessons." Ofsted 2018
There are many ways in which we can communicate with the world around us many ways and modes in which we communicate with the world around us:
On body signing (Canaan Barrie)
Symbols (Makaton, Widgit, colourful semantics)
Objects of Reference (as agreed by Walsall Special Schools)
Drawing or writing
At Oakwood we strive to ensure that every child has a means of expressing themselves and we look to new ways in which our children can interact with the world around us. We work hard to plan engaging, real life experiences to give our children the desire and motivation to interact. We ensure that all adults in school are the best communication partners for our children; knowing each individual child and giving them the time to express themselves in their preferred style.
Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.
Makaton is a language programme that uses signs and symbols to help people communicate
We use Makaton signs and symbols in schools as one way to help our children communicate. Signs and symbols are used at the same time as speaking.