Mini-Course: Preparing for School-Entry


4 - Teaching a Child with a Cochlear Implant

Example of giving verbal directions

Task: The child must clean up his/her area, go to his/her cubby to get lunch out of his/her backpack, and take the lunchbox to his/her eating spot for lunch.

Step one: Gain the child's attention by stating the child's name, tapping him or her gently, or using a designated signal.

Step two: Say: "[Name], please clean up your area. Next, get your lunch from your cubby. Then, bring your lunch to your spot and last, sit down."

Step three: Ask: "What did you hear?" This is a better question than "What did I just say?" which can make the child feel defensive.

Step four: Listen to the child repeat the directions back to you. Clarify if the child missed any of the steps. 

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