Welcome to the Sign Of The Week.

The sign for the week, starting on Monday the 14th of October is PAINT.

If you have never used the sign for PAINT before with the child you are working with, simply sign PAINT every time you do a painting. You could display all the paintings in the classroom, and keep signing the sign for PAINT every time the child admires the painting on the wall. It is important that the child sees the sign many times to be able to learn it.

Once you have been signing PAINT for some time, you can start thinking of getting the child to sign back to you.

A simple strategy you can use to get the child to sign is to give him a choice. ?Would you like PAINT or playdough??. This will encourage your student to initiate communication with you. Initially, the child might just point or reach out for their favourite activity, and that is ok! Never force a child to sign back. If your student just points at the paint, model the sign back to him ?You want PAINT?.

Stay consistent using signs as some children will need time and lots of repetition before they learn to use signs to communicate.

The sign for this week, starting on Monday the 14th of October is PAINT.

Are you offering choices to children in your class? How are they communicating back to you? Join the conversation below.

Let?s #spreadthel?mh this season.

Enjoy the video and happy signing,

Sign Of The Week ? PAINT