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Puppets as partners in supporting communication

Puppets support the Golden Keys of SPIRALS group work. The need for the adult to stop and consult with the puppet and consider the response means that the pace of adult talk will of necessity be slower and more accessible to the child who needs more time to process information. The flow of talk from the adult using the puppet tends to be more slowly paced and chunked in smaller pieces of talk and so is easier for the child to follow and process effectively. The puppet can not only praise the children but the children can take the position of being the ones who praise the puppet. To do this they have to recognise praiseworthy behaviour. They have also had a role in helping the puppet to achieve that so it really can be a positive social activity.