In my current Early Childhood Special Ed. classroom, I have approximately 14 out of 16 students who qualify for special education services in the category of Speech and Language. In addition, the remaining students who qualify to be in the class under different categories all have some speech needs – everyone has speech IEP goals, in fact.
That being said, it is not surprising that we are all about language in our classroom. We set pretty high expectations, and expect a lot out of our Little People as possible.
One of the ways that we work on language is to teach our students acceptable ways to ask for help when they need something opened. (And sometimes we work to put toys in containers that they can’t open, just so they will have to ask…)
To prompt them in this, I use this visual:
I carry multiple copies in our lunch bag to the cafeteria, and refer to them with the students who needed the visual prompting to help them in the task of asking this way. (Usually, even those students who don’t need the visual love to hold a copy and practice asking.)
In fact, this school year I am making enough copies to send home a laminated copy with each student to promote this “asking appropriately” language at home.
It’s not that I think this is the magic way to ask for something – this is just one way. However, when this is our set expectation, we avoid letting children get away with what the “easy way out”: just holding up the object they want opened and not using their words at all.
This download is a pdf file, and there are three copies of the visual on an 8.5″x 11″ page.