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Schools as Commissioners: Severe or Complex Needs: Courses for Practitioners

Communication Support for 0-25s with Complex Needs

Elklan have developed this highly successful accredited seven week course for practitioners working with children with special needs who are beginning to develop the skills required for purposeful communication. The course focuses on supporting children at the pre-intentional and intentional stages of communication and aims to provide some theoretical knowledge and an abundance of practical skills and ideas.

There are eight, two and a half hour sessions giving a total of 20 hours teaching.

This course trains assistants and teaching staff (including speech and language therapy assistants) working with pupils with complex needs in special schools and specialist units. It will provide opportunities for them to develop knowledge and practical ideas to promote the communications kills of children with severe and complex communication needs.

Elklan courses are externally quality assured and accredited by an OfQual regulated national Awarding Organisation. Participants can achieve 6 credits at level 2 or 3. The choice of level is made by the individual with guidance from the course tutors.

The course covers the following topics:

  • What is communication?
  • Pre-Intentional Communication
  • Anticipating the Event
  • Intentional Communication
  • The link between play and language
  • Total communication
  • First Messages
  • Linking it all together - Developing a Communication, Interaction and Thinking plan (C.I.T. plan) for a child. The aim is to link all the ideas explored during the course and apply the knowledge in a real, everyday situation.


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