MC4 Intervention Overview

  1. Introduce sentence pattern – Discuss how the cloud shape tells us what the oval shape is like. Check student understands this.
    1. write the words in the slots in the correct colours (or use the app)
    2. say the sentence (or get app to play sentence) while pointing at each word
  2. Picture of a large animal (e.g. bull) next to a small animal (e.g. mouse)
  3. Discuss: “look at the bull. The bull is big”.
  4. If using physical shapes, write “what” on back of oval and “what like” on back of cloud
  5. Turn oval over (either physically or using a long press on app), read the question “what is big?”



  1. Turn the oval back to give the answer “the bull”
  2. Turn the cloud over and ask “what is the bull like” (can’t do this on the app yet, so will need to just ask orally), turn cloud back to the answer “big”
  3. Create new sentences using shape template (either copy template on app and fill in new words, or do on physical shapes using pens, or just orally pointing at the coloured lines on the shapes). If the child is not yet able to produce determiners (pink words), use names or pronouns instead. If child omits copula in spontaneous speech, this may be an additional target. If not appropriate at the moment, still use full sentences, but you do not need to focus on this much with the child – that can come later
  4. When several sentences have been created, ask questions and get child to answer them (also get child to ask questions but no need at the moment to worry about the word order of the what like questions – the focus at the moment is on creating the link between the words, shapes, colours and question words) e.g.,
    1. what is small?
    2. what is red?
    3. what is big?
    4. what is the car like?
    5. what is the mouse like?
  5. If consolidation of ‘What like?’ is required carry out activity where SLT shows student two objects that differ on one dimension (e.g. colour or size). The SLT then asks e.g. ‘What is this car like?’ (turn shape over to ask question so answer is on the back). Target response ‘red’.