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Resources for 11 - 16s

120 Idioms At Your Fingertips

120 Idioms At Your Fingertips

£35.00

An extremely useful book for teachers and therapists working with both children and adults, by June Nicols.

by June Nicols, first published in 2003. New edition 2018.

New Price. New CD version.


This extremely useful resource will appeal to teachers and therapists working with both children and adults. 120 idioms are defined and illustrated together with activities for consolidation and learning. There are 3 sections:

Section 1 – Idioms are amusingly illustrated and defined.

Section 2 – Multiple choice for matching meaning to idiom for consolidation.

Section 3 – Cards of the idioms and their meanings for games and activities providing revision and recall.

Updated and now supplied on CD so sheets can be easily printed on demand. An A4 manual is included with information, summaries and sample sheets for each section.

Adeiladwyr Iaith Uwchradd

Adeiladwyr Iaith Uwchradd

£22.00

This invaluable book provides detailed advice and activities to promote communication skills of secondary school aged children

This invaluable book provides detailed advice and activities to promote communication skills of secondary school aged children

Adeiladwyr Iaith Uwchradd provides detailed advice and activities to encourage the communication skills of 11-16 year olds. It has been written to be accessible to teachers, teaching assistants and parents and, with help, the students themselves.

Many aspects of communication are covered including:

  • Understanding memory and learning
  • Using visual strategies and considering independent learning
  • Helping students to understand spoken language
  • Using strategies to improve vocabulary learning
  • Using strategies to improve sentence structure and grammar
  • Finding ideas to structure written work
  • Supporting preparation for tests and exams
  • Coping with social communication and social situations
  • Understanding what is involved in speaking clearly and helping students with their speech.

The book is illustrated.

Adeiladwyr Iaith Uwchradd forms the core reading material for the accredited course ‘Cefnogaeth Iaith a Lleferydd ar gyfer ieuenctid 11-16 oed’.

As with all Elklan materials having purchased the book you are free to photocopy any relevant pages so equipping others who work within your school or health provision.

Blank Poster

Blank Poster

£3.00 plus VAT

An A3 blank poster. The four levels represented clearly and visually.

The four levels represented clearly and visually.

A3 size to fit any wall.

Chunk, Chill, Check poster

Chunk, Chill, Check poster

£3.00 plus VAT

Colourful Semantics - A Practical Resource

Colourful Semantics - A Practical Resource

£45.00 plus VAT

A practical resource on Mac / Windows-compatible CD-ROM for putting Colourful Semantics into practice, by Nicola Ogg, SaLT.

By Nicola Ogg, published in 2013 by STASS Publications Ltd.

Colourful Semantics - was developed by Alison Bryan and is used by SaLTs across the UK and beyond, to support spoken and written language development across a wide range of client groups.

Colourful Semantics – a practical resource is a Mac / Windows-compatible CD-ROM which uses this theory and provides a wide range of practical games, advice sheets and illustrations, to support the use of ‘Colourful Semantics’ with primary and secondary school children across the curriculum. This resource has been developed with Alison Bryan’s support and she has written the forward.

The pictures are fun, the ideas are varied and the advice is practical. Resources can be printed off, copied and used for therapy by SaLTs, Teachers and assistants to support expressive and receptive language targets. The disk is clear, easy to use and ready to go.

Development Language Disorder (DLD) – I’ll Help You Understand It

Development Language Disorder (DLD) – I’ll Help You Understand It

£9.99

A book for parents and pracitioners, exploring aspects of communication which are challenging for children with DLD.

By Amanda Hampshire & Susan Stewart

Illustrated by Debbie Mason

The book is for parents and practitioners. Each chapter explores a different aspect of communication which is challenging for children with DLD. Follow the journeys of Joseph, Annoop, Connor, Lakshmi and others to gain an insight into the daily challenges faced by children and young people with DLD and strategies to help them.

Each chapter concentrates on a specific topic and is explored in clear sections: 'Our Experiences', 'Information', 'Put yourself in their shoes' and 'Strategies'.

The topics covered are:

  • Understanding Language
  • Talking
  • Word learning
  • Social Skills
  • Sensory Issues
  • Memory
  • School and College
  • Explain to your child about DLD
  • Life Implications
  • People and organisations who can help.

Review

‘Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) I’ll Help You Understand It’ written by two Speech and Language Therapists, Amanda Hampshire and Susan Stewart, is an accessible A5 sized book for parents to support their child. Each chapter covers different areas that a child or young person with DLD can present with including: understanding language, talking, word learning, social skills, sensory issues and memory. There are also chapters on School and College, Explaining to your child about DLD and Life Implications.  Every chapter following the structure of:  a case study, Information, ‘Put yourself in their shoes’, Strategies and Useful reading.

The case studies are from the authors’ own experience, such as ‘Joseph’ who finds understanding language challenging or ‘Anoop’ who struggles to translate his thoughts into words which impacts on his ability to share his thoughts and feelings.  Parents are then provided with ‘information’, for example on Page 13, the authors discuss the complex process needed for talking, from having an initial idea and to feel motivated to talk to then being able to construct an idea using the correct grammar structure.

I really liked the ‘Put yourself in their shoes…’ section. It invites parents to feel what it might be like for their own child -  a short passage is provided with a mix of upper and lower case letters and no spaces between words to show how hard it can be for their child to understand and process spoken language.

Every chapter also includes really clear and easy-to- follow strategies and practical ideas for parents to use with their child, such as visual supports like the Word Mat on Page 62 and Task Plan and Word Map on Page 63 as well as a Planner to support writing stories, Pages 77-78.

A key section of the book is Chapter 8 ‘Explaining to your child about DLD’ as the authors recognise the importance of promoting and developing children and young awareness of their DLD and self-advocacy skills.  It discusses the terminology of the specific words of ‘developmental’, ‘language’ and ‘disorder’ and encourages parents to explore this in an open and sensitive way together with their child, helping them to describe their DLD, recognise their own strengths and help the them to identify their individual self-help strategies.

The Appendices contain really useful information on professionals who can help and great website links to organisations such as RADLD and AFASIC. Additional references, useful You Tube video links on Page 91 and legislation on Pages 102-103 is also included.

Although this book is primarily written for parents I could also see it being useful for the wider family, education staff and those leading extra-curricular activities, e.g. Brownies, Cubs, Scouts.

Thank you, Amanda and Susan – I have been hoping to find something like this for a while and will certainly be sharing it with the families, colleagues and education staff I work with.

Paula Price
BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), MRCSLT, HCPC-Registered Speech and Language Therapist, Advanced Specialist in Developmental Language Disorders (DLD)

Interview Skills Training

Interview Skills Training

£45.00

This resource has everything you need to run interview skills group therapy sessions for young people.

Interview skills are an important life skill for successful college placements and to enter the world of employment. This resource has everything you need to run interview skills group therapy sessions for young people – a manual including session plans and a CD of resources. Tried and tested on young people with speech, language and communication needs with fantastic results. This resource could also be used with adults who need support in this important life skill.
 
The resource works on both non-verbal skills and answering interview questions. Interview skills link with many areas of the curriculum including Literacy from completing application forms to extracting relevant information from interview letters, and Careers.  
 
The manual includes information on:

  • Evidence based practice
  • Contents of resources
  • Top Tips
  • Session Plans
  • Helping young people to answer questions and produce mind maps
  • Example mind maps
  • Group Interviews
 
The CD of 48 printable resources includes:
  • Job adverts
  • Application forms
  • Prompt cards to choose jobs, and to read for meaning – extracting relevant information from interview letters
  • Prompt cards of non-verbal interview skills
  • Sheets to help young people relate their answer to interview question
  • Examples of young people’s interview packs including mind maps
  • Interviewer questions and evaluation forms
  • Templates for session plans, records and notes
  • Overview of therapy programme     
 
You can alter the printable resources to suit the specific needs of your students.  

Language Builders for Pupils with SLD

Language Builders for Pupils with SLD

£22.00

Detailed advice and activities to support children and young people (5-25yrs) with Severe Learning and communication Difficulties

Language Builders for Pupils with SLD (Severe Learning Difficulties) book provides detailed advice and activities to promote the communication skills of children and young people (5-25yrs) who are able to verbally understand and express their basic needs and ideas but who are really struggling to learn and cope in education settings. It has been written to be accessible to parents, learning support assistants and teachers and many speech and language therapists use it in their daily work. It is the core reading material for the accredited course Speech and Language Support for Pupils with SLD.


It addresses many areas including:
  • What is communication?
  • Using positive adult-pupil interaction to promote communication
  • Supporting effective vattention and listening
  • Helping pupils who have learning difficulties to understand spoken language and develop verbal reasoning skills
  • Using Total Communication as a core approach to communication
  • Promoting vocabulary development
  • Develop expressive language and narrative skills
  • Learning how to identify and support pupils’ social communication skills

As with all Elklan materials having purchased the book you are free to photocopy relevant pages so equipping others who work within your school or health provision.

Language Builders for Vulnerable Young People

Language Builders for Vulnerable Young People

£22.00

Clear, practical advice and activities to promote the communication skills of young people for whom behaviour is the major concern

Language Builders for Vulnerable Young People has been written to be accessible to speech and language therapists, social workers, teachers, support staff, parents and those working in the youth justice sector.

Forwarded by Juliet Gregory, Specialist SaLT in the field.

Areas covered include:

  • Why is knowledge about speech, language and communication important when working with vulnerable young people?
  • Communication basics – non-verbal communication listening and attention
  • Understanding spoken language
  • Developing verbal reasoning
  • Exploring the use of non-literal and ambiguous language
  • Facilitating vocabulary learning
  • Encouraging expressive language and communication
  • Promoting social skills and emotional literacy

 

As with all Elklan materials having purchased the book you are free to photocopy any relevant pages so equipping others who work within your school or health provision.

Let's Talk with 10-14s workbook

Let's Talk with 10-14s workbook

£15.00

The workbook for the Let's Talk with 10-14s course.

This brand new practical book provides information about the development of language and communication, how to recognise difficulties with speech, language and communication and how to support children as they move from primary to secondary school.  It gives ‘Helpful Hints’ with ideas to promote different aspects of communication with a special section on supporting young people with their homework. The focus of the book is on understanding the particular challenges that young people with speech, language and communication face in a secondary environment and how to help them.

Let’s Talk with 10-14s is written for parents but would also be useful for teaching assistants and teachers.

The topics covered are:

  • Knowing all the skills involved in communication and the developmental stages
  • Helping young people to develop their listening, concentration and understanding of language
  • Supporting vocabulary learning
  • Encouraging more conversation
  • Helping young people with their homework

MerriMaps

MerriMaps

£42.00

An assessment and therapy resource for Pragmatic Language Skills, by Sally Merrison & Andrew Merrison.

By Sally Merrison & Andrew Merrison, first published in 2003.

ISBN 978-1-874534-49-5

An assessment and therapy resource for Pragmatic Language Skills. This resource enables professionals to objectively assess, profile and monitor the communication skills of clients with pragmatic language impairments and also provides ideas for intervention. MerriMaps can be used with both children aged 7+, and adult client groups (those with learning disabilities, dysphasia or head injury). The task involves the therapist describing a route on their map (from a script of 16 directions) to the client, whose map lacks the route. The client's aim is to replicate the route onto their own map as closely as possible. The assessment has been designed to provide opportunities for the client to initiate repair following communication breakdown (from inadequate or ambiguous instructions being provided by the therapist).

Contents:

  • A4 Manual describing administration and scoring of the assessment (including photocopiable Profile of Pragmatic Skills chart),
  • 2 photocopiable A4 Trial maps
  • 12 photocopiable A3 Maps - 6 for assessment and 6 for therapy

 


Phonological Awareness Procedure

Phonological Awareness Procedure

£22.00

Paperback covering consonants and vowels with colourful demonstrative images, by Barbara Gorrie & Elaine Parkinson.

Barbara Gorrie & Elaine Parkinson; first published 1995.

ISBN 978-1-874534-07-5

Developed by a Speech & Language Therapist and a Teacher, this resource book supports the latest theoretical developments in the remediation of phonological processing, reading skills and some aspects of speech & language. The 60 page A4 book contains assessments, games and pictures which are all photocopiable. This approach is appropriate for speech and language handicapped, people with learning difficulties and people with dyslexia. Suggested age range is 6 years to adult. It is suitable for use by speech & language therapists, literacy teachers and SENCO's.

Contents include:

  • 19 sub-tests of phonological awareness skills divided into syllabic, intra-syllabic and phonemic segmentation together with an additional related section on the repetition of non-words
  • Teaching ideas and games
  • A selection of photocopiable pictures which can be used in games and therapy

 
A4 photocopiable book 60pp.