Sign Of The Week – Sorry

Welcome to the Sign Of The Week.

Today, I am teaching you a sign that can help you when working on promoting social skills with your students, the sign for SORRY.

Young children often show concern when other children are upset and crying. Support your students understanding other children’s feelings, and encourage them to do something kind for their friend.
Some children might even hug the other child spontaneously.

But it’s not until a later stage (in typically developing children this happens at the ages of 4-5, and for children with developmental delays, particularly for autistic children, it can happen much later) that they can see issues from the other person’s perspective.

It’s only when they can put themselves in someone else’s shoes that they are ready to understand that something they did might have been upsetting for another child. Only when the child can understand that, you can start teaching them how to apologise to others.

Some of your students may not be ready to understand the concept of apologising. In this case, you should focus on teaching them on the incident that has happened. For example, if a child hits another child, keep your response short and direct: “no hitting” or “gentle hands”, as this message will be more effective rather than focus on saying sorry.

If a child is not ready, forcing him to apologise, does little good. Instead, focus on the child who has been hurt and offer an apology and comfort.

However, older students who understand other people’s emotions and what they did has upset someone else, you can start working on the concept of apologising.
Help them understand that what they did is not ok and why, and teach them what behaviours are more appropriate. Then, encourage them to apologise to the other person by saying sorry or doing something nice for them.

So, the sign of the week starting on Monday the 30th of November is SORRY.

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Sign Of The Week – SORRY

Sign Of The Week – Coat

Welcome to the Sign Of The Week.

As we move into the end of November and the weather is getting colder, I am going to teach you a sign that you will undoubtedly need from now on: COAT.
Remember that when you introduce a new sign, you should use the new sign with the child as much as possible. So, next week, when you introduce the sign for COAT, make sure you plan other activities to reinforce this new word/sign throughout the day.

Some ideas are:

  • Colour a picture of a coat when doing colouring activities.
  • Play dressing dolls and teddies and use lots of little coats.
  • Read the book “Buster keeps warm” by Rod Campbell.
  • Or sing-and-sign along with me to the song You Won’t Be Cold Anymore!

So, the sign of the week starting on Monday the 23rd of November is COAT.

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Sign Of The Week – COAT

Sign Of The Week – PE

Welcome to the Sign Of The Week.

Today I am going to teach you a sign related to one of the school subjects: P.E. (Physical Education).
Based on a natural gesture, The sign for P.E. is quite fun and easy to learn.

Using the sign for P.E. will help your student understand what activity he/she is about to do. Do the sign for your student before you walk to the yard or the P.E. hall, this will help the child transition from the classroom to the yard or school gym.

You can even ask your student to help you bring some of the P.E. equipment to the yard, so you reinforce even further the fact that they are getting ready for the P.E. class.

So, the sign of the week starting on Monday the 16th of November is PE.

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Sign Of The Week – PE