Best practice tips for communication and language disorders
Set clear expectations
Consider using slower speech
This can help a student listen to and process instructions.
Encourage positive role-models
Encouraging other students for positive behaviours (for example, hands up before speaking, sharing) helps a student to see what is expected.
This may encourage them to imitate these behaviours.
Try not to rush or interrupt a student when they are trying to speak or communicate. Instead, allow extra time for them to speak and respond.
Supporting a student with a communication challenge can at times be difficult, and you may feel frustrated. Being aware of your feelings and thoughts is important for a calm and supportive relationship with a student. You may also find these wellbeing and mental health resources for teachers helpful.
Consider pairing the student with a buddy
If a student becomes easily distracted during learning activities, consider sitting the student with a peer who can encourage them to stay on track with tasks. A peer can also model tasks or repeat instructions.
Create a safe and supportive environment
You can help support student learning and participation by creating a secure and positive social environment where they can build friendships with other students.