Pedagogues: The Best Chance of Reaching a Diversity of Students

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Pedagogues play highly important roles in the fostering of speech and language for young children, particularly for those who may have a disability in this area of processing and cognition. Teachers actually serve a multitude of purposes in this respect. They act as models of proper language and speech, helping children to see and listen to how people talk and how the children themselves should one day speak. They also serve as coaches, and utilize a variety of methods to coax understanding of language and of speech from children themselves. Additionally, they function as facilitators who provide a variety of different mechanisms and means to initiate understanding in children, both of what it is the child wants and a comprehension of what the teachers expect for the children to do as a result. In terms of modeling effective communication and language through speech, there are a number of different approaches teachers can take to achieve this end. One of the best ways to do so is to verbalize a child's desires. Some children may look at things when they want them, or perhaps point or even cry. Teachers should take these non-verbal cues as a sign to verbalize whatever it is the child wants, and ideally get a response (either non-verbal or verbal) that the child understands what the teacher is saying. This sort of modeling speech is referred to as talking to children in ways that facilitate communication, and essentially involves the teacher talking out actions and

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