Speech and Language Support for 3-5's course outline
The course runs for ten sessions, usually taught weekly but can be delivered over three separate days.
Session 1: What is communication?
- Identify the processes involved in communication.
- Demonstrate the wide range of communication difficulties.
Session 2: Communication friendly settings, adult-child interaction and working with families
- Consider what a Communication Friendly Setting is and how to achieve it.
- Understand the effect of adult-child interaction on the development of communication skills.
- Reflect on how to engage families to support their child’s communication skills.
Session 3: Play and social communication
- Explore the link between play and language development.
- Know how to develop play to support language and communication.
- Identify skills required for successful social communication and share ideas as to how to promote these.
Session 4: Listening, looking and understanding spoken language
- Understand the development of listening and attention and how to support this.
- Explore the importance of non-verbal communication behaviours.
- Reflect on the use of visual information to help children learn and understand.
Session 5: Promoting the development of vocabulary
- Explore how children learn words and the typical pattern of vocabulary development.
- Discuss strategies to help children develop a rich and varied vocabulary.
Session 6: The BLANK Language scheme (or Language for Thinking)
- Discuss supporting verbal reasoning skills, including why & how questions, inferencing, sequencing, predicting.
- Practise modifying the adult’s language accordingly.
Session 7: Modifying adults' speech to help a child understand language
- Practise modifying the adult’s language through an understanding of information carrying words.
- Consider how to use information carrying words to develop all aspects of communication.
Session 8: Encouraging expressive language and narrative skills
- Develop strategies to encourage the use of sentences and expressive language.
- Discuss how to support children learning additional languages.
- Share ideas to develop narrative skills.
Session 9: Supporting children with unclear speech and developing phonological awareness skills
- Know the development of speech sounds.
- Discuss strategies to support children with unclear speech.
- Consider the link between speech, reading and writing.
- Review phonological awareness and the four main components.
Session 10: Management of stammering and other issues raised during the course
- Explore the appropriate management of children who stammer.
- Revise any issues from the course as requested by the course participants.
- Present evidence of applying knowledge gained across the course during everyday activities.
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