Adapting Ways to Communicate

Age/Stage of Development:   Children need age appropriate speech; if the CYP are older they are likely to get sarcasm and jokes usually in the age group 12 -16 years (this needs to be used effectively), younger children find it hard to understand sarcasm.   If they are younger children they will need clear simple instructions to follow, older children are able to follow more complicated instructions.
Younger children like for adults to come down to their level and to focus on them, they like listening to adults, and the younger the children are the more likely they are to understand soft spoken tones.
7 years plus; to ask open ended questions and allow them to have time to answer.   Ask slower pace questions and give plenty of time for them to answer.   At the age 12-16 years CYP like to justify opinions.

Different Context: This can be used in Out of School Clubs; informal and friendly to get message across.   1:1; this can be done a lot quieter, tailor what your saying to the pupil to suit individual need.   Playground; this can be fun a lot more relaxed language and done in a louder voice as it would be noisy on the playground.   Inside teaching in the classroom setting; this would be more formal language, more intense vocabulary, and be factual.   Group work; meet everyone’s comprehension levels, and them being able to work together, this would become more formal.   Out of School; this would be more informal and more friendly.   Using different methods in different environments, using formal and informal language and communicating.

Communication Differences:   Laptops could be used for CYP who have difficulty in writing; correct font used for children who have may difficulty in reading, or have visual impairments.   EAL; translators could be used or flashcards for CYP to be able to communicate effectively with adults.   Language could be simplified for children who find it difficult to hear.   Mini whiteboards could be used for CYP to...