MC11 Intervention Overview

Using the SHAPE CODING™ System Subj + Verb + Adjective Intervention Outline

You will need:

    • oval, diamond, cloud, hexagon shapes

      Puppets or character toys

      Emotions pictures

      Objects of different textures

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  1. Check up emotions vocabulary to use by laying out a set of emotions pictures and asking the child to show you each e.g. ‘Show me sad , show me angry‘ etc  Make a list of known words and use these for intervention .
  2. Choose one of the emotion cards used above, chose a name for the person and lay out a sentence
    Subject (oval) + copula (diamond) + adjective (cloud) e.g.
    Sam  is happy.

 3. Tell the child we can say feelings another way  – lay out the oval – hexagon pattern and drag the cloud inside the hexagon


Model the sentence. Say the sentence together and ask the child ‘How does Sam feel?

Repeat for multiple examples including the child themself. Do not focus on whether the child uses the correct tense form.

Complete written task to change is to feels if appropriate sample here



4. Explain that sometimes we don’t exactly know how a person feels but we can get clues from their faces and behaviour. We can tell someone else about the person using ‘look‘.

Bring out a puppet or toy to talk to (about the pictures).

Lay out the coding for ‘look‘ e.g. 

Sam looks sad



 Say the sentence ‘Sam looks sad‘ together to the puppet. Have the child speak for the puppet to confirm or deny this statement using the pattern above e.g. ‘Yes. Sam feels sad‘ or ‘No Sam feels angry‘.


Repeat with multiple examples.


  1. Repeat step 4 using seem/appear


  1. Remove shapes and bring them back for support if necessary
  2. Complete written task to practice  looks/seems/appears adjectives  if appropriate sample here
  3. Generalise with  other adjectives e.g. textures – The table is rough. The table feels rough. The table looks/seems/appears rough.








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