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Choice Board

A choice board contains pictures of a child’s favourite items, such as toys and food and encourages them to communicate what they want by looking at, pointing to or saying the name of the picture they want.

Start with offering the child a choice of 2 objects; select the corresponding pictures to place on the choice board. Offer the objects to the child and say the name of each item “bubbles or car?” The child may look at, point to or say the name of the item they want. When they make their choice, give them what they’ve asked for and model the name again e.g. “bubbles!” Adults can show the child how to point to their chosen item by pointing to the picture on the board.

Gradually increase the number of pictures (choices) on the child’s choice board. You may need to add another Velcro strip or use smaller pictures to represent all of the possible options the child could choose. The adult can control what the child’s choices are. It doesn’t matter if you know what the child will choose every time or even if one of the choices is something they don’t like.

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Norfolk & Waveney Speech & Language Therapy Service by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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