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What is colourful semantics?

Colourful semantics is a targeted approach to support children with their sentence building and to teach them about sentence structure. It was developed by Alison Bryan and is now widely used with children experiencing language difficulties.


Who might the colourful semantics approach help?

Colourful semantics works really well for lots of different children and young people. In particular, it can be useful for children who:

 Show real problems with putting sentences together.

 Confuse the order of words within sentences.

 Miss out verbs (action words) or key information from sentences.

 Have a tendency to start a sentence, trail off and then try again.

 Always use the same types of sentences.


What is the idea behind colourful semantics?

The approach teaches a child the different parts of a sentence by giving each one a colour and an associated question prompt. The main parts of a sentence taught are: Question Cue (to elicit the part of the sentence) Who? Orange What doing? Yellow What? Green Where? Blue.  Using colours and questions for each element of the sentence means that you can support a child in two main ways:

 Help them to understand different questions by associating them with a colour, e.g. when you’re reading a book together you could ask ‘who’s the story about?’ and show your child an orange question prompt so that they understand what kind of answer you’re looking for.

 Help them to build up different sentences by combining different colours together. The colour coding system makes the approach very visual meaning that it works well for children whose visual skills are a strength. 



Colourful Semantics Starter Pack - Integrated Treatment Services

SKU: 364215376135191
  • A full laminated colourful semantics starter pack. The pack is organised in a neat folder with velcro strips for easy use. The pack also comes with a how to use guide. 

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