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Manding

Adults use mands a lot when working with children. When you use manding to create a teaching opportunity you are asking your child to say or do something or you ask a question that requires your child to do more than give a yes or no answer. Mands give you a leading role in the teaching opportunity because when you offer a mand, you are expecting a response from your child. Because of this, it's usually easy to tell if your child understands you or can perform your request - if she understands and can do what you ask, she does it. If she doesn't do it then you can assume one of two things:

  1. what you asked wasn't understandable or
  2. it was too difficult a task.

If either of those is true, then you can change your request so it is more understandable or easier to perform.

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