Why we don't teach the language "more" and "again"

We often explain to people why we don’t teach children to ask for “more” or “again”, so we thought we’d explain ourselves here.

It is much more functional for a child to learn words for specific items – necessary nouns, and later on adjectives. If a child asks for “apple” you know exactly what they mean. If they ask for “more” then you can never be 100% sure of what it is they want more of. It might be the apple they have just eaten, or it might be the sandwich they had just before the apple, or even the yogurt that they usually have after the apple. If the child is taught to ask for “apple” “sandwich” and “yogurt”, you will know exactly what they want, and when they want it.  

If a child is playing on their own in a different room, and then approach you and say “more” you won’t know what it is that they want more of.


This is exactly the same as a child saying “again”. You won’t be sure what they want to happen again, whereas if they ask for a specific item, you’ll know exactly what they mean.

The more specific the language that the child is taught, the better.

Later on, when the child has a bigger vocabulary, there is absolutely no reason why they can’t be taught to use this language, as part of a two word request. So they might ask for “more trains” or “slide again”. This would then make their requests even more specific and more easily understood by everyone around them.

This is the case for any mode of communication – speech, sign language or picture-based communication systems.

If you have any questions about this, or how to make the language of a child more specific and more easily understood, please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you http://earlyactionforautism.co.uk/contact/