A website for speech and language therapists, language and communication teachers and others to share ideas with those working with children with communication difficulties in schools and other locations
A website that is a searchable library of ideas and resources, organised by target, and contributed by a community of therapists
| Information for those who want to find out more about supporting all children and young people’s communication and those with speech, language and communication needs.
Helps partners create optimum conditions for learning through their resources and training on how to create Communication Friendly Spaces
We have developed a booklet for people who are training to become teachers to give advice and guidance on children's communication skills. Let's Talk About It includes information on:
• The importance of communication
• The impact that speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) can have for children and young people on learning and attainment, and on social, emotional development and behaviour
• How teachers can better identify children with SLCN and through making communication a priority, work more affectively with all children in their classroom
• Signposts trainees to a range of further information sources
This excellent resource makes this complex area of language development accessible to non-specialist staff. fAll those working in the field will appreciate the clear explanations and practical support and advice for those working and living with children at the pre-intentional and intentional stages of communication as far as beginning to use first words. The book explores a wide range of issues concerning children who have little or no means of expressing themselves verbally.
Language Builders for Complex Needs provides ideas for assessment and recording progress as well as detailed advice and practical activities. It is written for speech and language therapists, teachers, teaching assistants, pre-school practitioners and parents.
The book examines the characteristic communication skills, the interaction required and the thinking and play skills that need nurturing at each of the following stages:
Being able to anticipate events.
It also considers:
The link between play and language.
Total Communication – signs, symbols, Communication Passports, and briefly, Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Using first words, ideas and phrases.
Communication Builders for AAC provides comprehensive information about the assessment and use of the whole range of AAC options. Andrea Kirton, co-author, is a highly specialist speech and language therapist but she writes this book in a style which makes this important information accessible to education practitioners, parents, carers, SLTs. It is the core reading material for the accredited course Supporting Adults and Children using AAC.
It’s a one-stop-shop to AAC!
Chapter 1: What is AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication)?
Why use AAC?
What Does AAC Include?
The AAC Team
Chapter 2: Assessment
Who might benefit from AAC?
Cause and effect skills
Social Communication Skills
Understanding of Spoken Language
The expressive-receptive gap
Visual SkillsAccess Method
Tools for Assessment
AAC Profile and Action Plan
Definition of Communicative Competence for AAC users (Janice Light, 1989)
Social Networks (Sarah Blackstone and Mary Hunt Berg, 2003)
Means, Reasons and Opportunities (Della Money and Sue Thurman, 1994)
Chapter 3: Unaided Communication
What is Unaided Communication?
Assessing Unaided Methods of Communication
Observation Schedule for assessing Unaided Communication Methods
Developing Unaided Communication Skills
Chapter 4: Low Tech Communication Aids
Types of Low Tech AAC systems
Aspects of Assessment for Low Tech AAC
The Next Step – Activities to support and develop use of the Low Tech AAC system
Cause and effect with people (Communicative Intent)
Requesting item/indicating choice
Participation in a social activity
Chapter 5: High Tech Communication aids
Types of High Tech Communication Systems
Assessment for a High Tech System
The Next Step - Activities to support and develop use of the High Tech AAC system
Language Builders for Post 16s provides clear practical advice and activities to promote the communication skills of 16-25 year olds, and has been written to be accessible to speech and language therapists, learning support assistants, teachers and parents.
Areas covered include:
Considering the skills involved in communication
Improving listening and concentration skills
Developing strategies to help students understand spoken language and improve their verbal reasoning skills
Exploring the use of non-literal and ambiguous language
Facilitating vocabulary learning
Encouraging expressive language skills
Promoting social skills and emotional literacy
Considering the use of communication in the workplace
Information about Makaton Training for parents, carers and professionals.