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Resources for 5 - 11s

Cambridge Language Activity

Cambridge Language Activity

£60.00

An essential resource for use with children who have delayed language development, by Sadie Bigland and Jane Speake.

By Sadie Bigland and Jane Speake, first published in 1992.

ISBN 978-1-874534-00-6

An essential resource for use with children who have delayed language development. 47 activities target a range of grammatical structures and can be given out to parents to work on at home with their children.

Each activity, presented in the form of a game, is self-explanatory and gives instructions for playing and also advice on how to praise and reinforce success as well as what to do if the child does not succeed. Parents, Teachers and Learning Support Assistants can therefore carry out valuable language practice without significant supervision or having to have detailed verbal instructions.

Over 80 pages of picture material are included and all activities and pictures may be photocopied. This resource saves hours of preparation time in devising home and school programmes and is very popular with Speech & Language Therapists and Teachers.

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.

Colourful Stories

Colourful Stories

£25.00 plus VAT

A visual support strategy to help children learn about, tell and write stories, by Liz Elks and Henrietta McLachlan.

By Liz Elks and Henrietta McLachlan.

Colourful Stories is a visual support strategy which helps children to learn about the structure of stories and become more confident about telling and writing stories.  Colourful Stories encourages oral narrative sills and introduces written words only when the child is confident about the structure of a story and how to tell a story orally.

Colourful Stories consists of:

  • Coloured cards - there are 6 to represent the different parts of a story
  • Story Board
  • Picture sequencing cards

This is an effective strategy if used as a whole school approach starting at The Foundation Stage.  At this stage, Colourful Stories would be used as a whole class approach. It also lends itself to small group or individual support.  At Key Stage 2 many children can write stories independently but others may need additional support; Colourful Stories can be used to differentiate the activity.  Colourful Stories is easy to use and can be explained to parents so that parents and supporting adults can use it 1:1 with specific children.

What do practitioners say?

CUBIC Word Pack

CUBIC Word Pack

£35.00

Helping schools incorporate the valuable principle of Information Carrying Words into the curriculum, making the learning relevant and at an appropriate level for the child.

Curriculum Based Information Word Pack is a rich resource of beautiful pictures and interesting activities and is designed to help children aged 5-7 understand more fully what is said to them.

Curriculum Based Information Carrying Word Pack is a rich resource of beautiful pictures and interesting activities which incorporates the ICW principle with the Key Stage 1 History, Geography and Science Units of the National Curriculum for England and Wales. it also has value for schools in other countries in the UK as similar themes are part of the curricula.

For those unfamiliar with Information Carrying Words the concept provides a structured framework which facilitates the control of the number of words in a sentence that a child has to understand in order to carry out an instruction. CuBIC Word Pack will help children increase the amount of information they can remember in a sentence whilst at the same time supporting and developing their understanding of the curriculum.

The activities can be implemented with individual children or small groups.

The CuBIC Word Pack will help to improve:

  • Understanding of spoken language
  • Listening and attention skills
  • Auditory sequential memory
  • Vocabulary development
  • Expressive language
  • Social communication skills


CuBIC Word Pack provides over 40 pages of clear and delightful illustrations. A thorough explanation about how to apply Information Carrying Words is given in the introduction. The National Curriculum based activities are carefully described so that the ideas can be implemented easily and tasks differentiated to meet the needs of individual children.This resource can be used by all school staff and parents as well as speech and language therapists.

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)

Explore The Four Seasons with Boris and Bella - for 5-7 year olds

Explore The Four Seasons with Boris and Bella - for 5-7 year olds

£65.00 plus VAT

Explore The Four Seasons with Boris and Bella - for 5-7 year olds

This CD includes colouring sheets and ideas of how to use the pictures and other resources in your setting.  Each activity focuses on a different aspect of language development as each season is explored.  The resource is carefully designed for 5-7 year olds.

The resource provides a home liaison CD licensed to the purchaser (for multiple printing).

These programmes, based on the four seasons, can be used throughout the school year as home activities or as in class activities.

The aim is to promote skills such as attention and listening, developing vocabulary, understanding of language, expressive language and phonological awareness.

The CD is a compilation of the disc for each season. It includes:

Spring has Sprung with Boris and Bella:

  • Activity 1:  Inspector Boris (phonological & semantic investigation of words)
  • Activity 2:  Sounds around- where is the 'th'? (sound placement awareness & production of sound)
  • Activity 3: tell us a story- but we want to know more (expanding adjectives in a structured way & building these into a story)
  • Activity 4: Idioms- what's that you said? (exploring idioms/expressions)

Sizzling Summer with Boris and Bella:

  • Activity 1: Book the holiday (complex verbal reasoning game)
  • Activity 2: getting sorted for holiday (categorising vocabulary)
  • Activity 3: past, present and future (using tenses)
  • Activity 4: Sounds around- where is the 'r' sound? (sound placement awareness & production)

Autumn Antics with Boris and Bella:

  • Activity 1: Autumn mind mapping (developing and categorising vocabulary to aid and expand memory within a topic)
  • Activity 2: Autumn Snakes and Ladders (verbal reasoning board game)
  • Activity 3: Autumn Stories (creating and structuring stories from component parts)
  • Activity 4: Sounds around (sound placement awareness)

Winter Wonderland with Boris and Bella:

  • Activity 1: The Christmas Party Invitation (complex verbal reasoning game)
  • Activity 2: Guess what? (asking effective questions & giving effective clues)
  • Activity 3: Season Sorting (explaining when events happen and why)
  • Activity 4: Tell us a story (creating and structuring stories from component parts, including 'why')
  • Activity 5: Sounds around (sound placement awareness)

Contents:

  • 1 x CD in lancing pack

Interaction poster

Interaction poster

£3.00 plus VAT

Poster with info about the steps of development towards being an intentional communicator.

A3 bright, colourful poster providing clear information about the steps of development towards being an intentional communicator. Use this in a classroom/setting to share information about the functional communication level of individual pupils.

Format: single sided A3 laminated poster.

Language Builders

Language Builders

£22.00

A book packed full of practical ideas to support children€s speaking and listening skills at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

This invaluable book provides detailed advice and activities to promote the communication skills of all school age children. It develops ideas suitable for children at primary school. 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 5-11s.

It addresses many areas including:

  • Attention and listening
  • Helping school age children understand spoken language and develop verbal reasoning skills
  • Helping school age children develop their expressive language
  • Phonological processing activities
  • Developing vocabulary and story writing and use of mind maps
  • Helping school age children develop their social skills
  • Helping school age children with unclear speech

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.

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 Steps

Language Steps

£42.00

A language resource aimed to develop both comprehension and expression in spoken language, by Amanda Armstrong.

By Amanda Armstrong, first published in 1999.

ISBN 978-1-874534-29-7

A language resource aimed to develop both comprehension and expression in spoken language. Focusing on early language skills from a One to Four word level, it is based on the Derbyshire Language Scheme principles and provides a photocopiable programme for speech & language therapists, assistants, teachers, nursery nurses and parents to develop the number of information carrying words in an utterance. Vocabulary, basic concepts and grammar have been kept to a minimum. 

Seven sections each of 6 session plans with associated homework activities. The activities can be used for individual or group therapy. A photocopiable score sheet is also provided which can form part of a child's treatment notes or Individual Education Plan. 

Contains clear instructions and over 70 pages of photocopiable picture material. 

Let's Talk with 5-11s workbook

Let's Talk with 5-11s workbook

£15.00

The workbook for the Let's Talk with 5-11s course.

This practical book provides information about the development of language and communication and how to recognise children with speech, language and communication difficulties. It also gives 'Helpful Hints' with ideas to promote the speaking and listening skills of all children aged 5-11 years but particularly those whose communication development is delayed.

The book has been used for ten years as part of a course but Elklan has been asked to make this resource more widely available to parents so that the book can be bought without having to attend any training. It is also suitable for teaching assistants and teachers wanting some core information and ideas.

The topics covered are:

  • Knowing all the skills involved in communication and the developmental stages
  • Encouraging appropriate adult-child interaction
  • Helping children develop their listening, concentration and understanding of language
  • Promoting the development of vocabulary
  • Expanding the structure of children’s sentences
  • Thinking about the questions we ask children
  • Sharing books to support vocabulary and language development
  • Helping children with unclear speech

Memory Magic

Memory Magic

£60.00

An exciting resource for teachers and therapists to assess working memory and develop memory skills with children at Key Stages 1 - 3, by Janie Booth.

By Janie Booth, first published in 1999.

ISBN 978-1-874534-46-4

An exciting resource for teachers and therapists to assess working memory and develop memory skills with children at Key Stages 1 - 3. Working memory and memory skills are crucial for both language development and learning. This programme consists of 63 fun packed and graded activities which are divided into 7 “Magic Tricks” that help children discover how to support their working memory and learning: 

  • Focus
  • Rehearse
  • Group
  • Picture It
  • Map
  • Link
  • Your Spell 

 
Memory Magic provides:

  • a brief introduction to working memory
  • quick assessments which help to identify whether the child’s language and learning are being affected by language processing or working memory difficulties
  • colourful and fun packed worksheets provide many different activities to help develop memory skills
  • advice about classroom support
 

The manual contains: a discussion of Memory, Advice to teachers and therapists, the Assessment, the Handouts for teachers and parents with instructions on how to perform the activities as well as Thumbnails of all the Worksheets.

The CD-ROM provides the Assessment together with the relevant pictures, Worksheets containing over 600 pictures in both colour and black and white and the handouts to enable teachers and therapists to print out as many as they need as they use this invaluable resource over and over again!