Challenging behaviour reduces and outstanding resultsare reported from our Communication Friendly Schools
Friday, April 04, 2014
I have never felt so emotional about Elklan as I did last Wednesday at the Elklan meeting of tutors and co-tutors in Salford. Those who attended were treated to amazing presentations from two schools who talked to us about the impact of the Communication Friendly Schools (CFS) programme on the children's academic progress and behaviour and staff confidence and skills. Riverside Primary School, Salford and Ladywood Special School, Bolton, awed us all by their commitment and enthusiasm in supporting the development of communication throughout their schools. ..
Monday, November 18, 2013
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
There has been a great deal of press coverage recently about the book , by British speech therapist Nicola Lathey and journalist Tracey Blake, which suggests parents should start having back-and-forth "conversations" with babies from the age of 4 weeks. However, professionals might want to look at the latest Elklan book, ‘Language Builders for 0-3’. ..
Thursday, June 27, 2013We are delighted to announce that one of our Elklan tutors has been nominated for a national award. The Whats on 4 me awards ..
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I bought this a couple of months ago and have been using the activities in the groups we run. I think it’s an excellent resource which provides an exciting range of activities to embed vocabulary and language learning in the curriculum. ..
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
I was horrified at the weekend to read that 1000s of TA jobs are to be cut because they can't prove that they are making a difference to pupils' progress. Indeed, there were even some articles which said that children's progress had been delayed because of the TAs. We know that there is a great of mis-information in reports about any topic but it is very worrying nevertheless.
What was their criteria for success, how are they measuring progress or performance? There is however, one element of probable truth: staff need training to fulfill their own potential and the development of the children with whom they are working. This is true for any us. Yet, how many of us know untrained, inexperienced staff who are trying their best to support children with such complex needs that they require 1:1 support.
The Speech and language support for 5-11s and 11-16s are specifically designed to help practitioners including TAs understand the processes involved and how to apply practical strategies in the classroom. As all Elklan courses, the feedback is carefully anlaysed and has always been extremely well received. ..
Thursday, May 30, 2013
As part of the ELDP the Elklan course, Speech and Language Support for 0-3s is being offered free to Early Years practitioners at Level 4. Full details of the course content can be found here. Please note this is not for SaLTs. ..
Saturday, May 18, 2013
In the light of proposed changes to the DSM criteria for diagnosis of autism I was planning to re-write sections of the ASD course and the relevant parts in the other core courses. However correspondence on the NAS website prompted me to contact Julie Mullis RCSLT advisory for ASD to ask her advice. Her response is as follows: ..