Objects of Reference are objects that are systematically and consistently used with a person to represent people, places, objects and activities. They are used alongside the spoken word.
They can be:-
Whole object – A cup to represent “drink”.
Parts of objects – A piece of a seatbelt to represent “car seat” or “going on a car journey”
· A miniature version of the object – A toy train to represent “A real train”
· An item that smells, feels, sounds or looks like the actual object, event or person – a small container of perfume specifically used to represent the person that uses it.
· An item that has no obvious connections to the activity but through using it cautiously and frequently can come to represent the activity – e.g. Lego people to represent school assembly