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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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