How do OOR support a person’s communication?
Many people with learning disabilities have things ‘happen’ to them.
Objects of Reference let them know what is about to happen and help understand what is being said. Once the objects become objects of reference the person can begin to use them themselves to ask for activities and make choices. Objects can be used in the form of a timetable, so the person can begin to predict the events of the day.
Objects of Reference may be the basis of an individual communication system or the stepping stone to other systems such as photographs and signing.

Reflective task:
Think about the students you support?

  1. Do you or they use OORs to support their communication already?
  2. What would be the benefits of introducing OOR to them?
  3. What OORs would you introduce?
  4. How would you organise an OOR programme at school?

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