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Resources for 5 - 11s

Test of Abstract Language Comprehension

Test of Abstract Language Comprehension

£45.00

A resource designed to help speech and language therapists, education staff and the wider workforce to assess and develop the verbal reasoning skills primary aged children who experience difficulty understanding what is said to them.

This beautifully illustrated resource is designed to help speech and language therapists, education staff and the wider workforce to assess and develop the verbal reasoning skills of all under 5s and primary aged children who experience difficulty understanding what is said to them

The TALC is based on the Language of Learning Model proposed by Blank, Rose and Berlin (1978). The Language of Learning Model is popular in Australia where it is referred to as 'Blanks' or 'The Blank Language Scheme.' This scheme is very popular with early years and education staff as it helps them to differentiate class based activities for all children. This assessment will enable children to be appropriately assessed and supported at the right level for them. Anyone familiar with the principles of assessing children can conduct the TALC.

More information about 'Blank' is written in the resource and in all Elklan Language Builders books (excepting Communication Support for Children with Severe and Complex Needs).

The TALC can be used to:

  • Assess the level of abstract language a child can understand
  • Set individual, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) targets
  • Increase the awareness of the types of questions and directions the child might be expected to understand
  • Indicate how the language used to interact with the child can be modified to ensure that the child understands the linguistic demands
  • Encourage the development of the child's abstract reasoning skills within his level of ability
  • Develop the child's confidence because the demands will be realistic
  • Measure change


There are two parts to the TALC assessment:

  • Part I involves a picture assessment. The topics for the six pictures have been carefully chosen to reflect the experiences of a wide and diverse population. The child is shown a picture or is given four pictures to put in the correct order. The assessor asks the questions listed on the score sheet and notes can be made about the child's response. There are 70 questions.
  • Part II of the TALC gives a list of the types of questions which can be adapted to suit all situations so that assessment can take place during natural communicative interactions. A simple record sheet is provided.


All the score forms can be photocopied for multiple use.

Test of Abstract Language Comprehension 2

Test of Abstract Language Comprehension 2

£45.00

This beautifully illustrated resource is designed to help speech and language therapists, education staff and the wider workforce to assess and develop the verbal reasoning skills of pupils aged 11 and over.

This beautifully illustrated resource is designed to help speech and language therapists, education staff and the wider workforce to assess and develop the verbal reasoning skills of pupils aged 11 and over.

The TALC 2 is based on the Language of Learning Model proposed by Blank, Rose and Berlin (1978). The Language of Learning Model is popular in Australia where it is referred to as 'Blanks' or 'The Blank Language Scheme.' This scheme is well received by teachers and teaching assistants working with children at Key Stages 2 & 3 as it helps them to differentiate class based activities for all children but especially those having difficulty understanding language and talking. The assessment will enable children to be appropriately assessed and supported at the right level for them. Anyone familiar with the principles of assessing children can use TALC 2.

More information about 'Blank' is written in the resource and in all Elklan Language Builders books apart from 'Communication Support for Children with Severe and Complex Needs.

TALC 2 can be used to:

  • Assess the level of abstract language a young person can understand.
  • Set individual, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) targets.
  • Increase the awareness of the types of questions and directions the pupil might be expected to understand.
  • Indicate how the language used to interact with the young person can be modified to ensure that the pupil understands the linguistic demands.
  • Encourage the development of the young person's abstract reasoning skills within his level of ability.
  • Develop the young person's confidence because the demands will be realistic.
  • Measure change.


There are three parts to the TALC 2 assessment:

  • Part I involves a picture assessment. The topics for the six pictures have been carefully chosen to reflect the experiences of a wide and diverse population. A picture is shown or four pictures are given to put in the correct order. The assessor asks the questions listed on the score sheet and notes can be made about the responses. There are 60 questions.
  • Part II of the TALC gives a list of the types of questions which can be adapted to suit all situations so that assessment can take place during natural communicative interactions. A simple record sheet is provided.
  • Part III of the TALC provides examples of how to modify questions asked whilst teaching different curriculum subjects. Examples are given for English Literature, Maths, Science, Technology, Geography and History.


All the score forms can be photocopied for multiple use.

Understanding Me

Understanding Me

£35.00

An invaluable resource for professionals working with adolescents with communication difficulties, by Susan Stewart & Amanda Hampshire.

This product temporarily unavailable while a revised edition is prepared.

By Susan Stewart & Amanda Hampshire, first published in 2007

ISBN 978-1-874534-44-0

An invaluable resource for professionals working with adolescents with communication difficulties. 115 pages give detailed session plans and associated photocopiable material to support students to gain insight into their communication difficulties, allowing them to develop coping strategies and to be able to explain their problems to others. The programme was designed for small groups but it can be adapted for use with individual clients.

The programme of 12 sessions covers the following areas:

  • What is communication?
  • Which parts of the body are used in communication
  • The 8 different intelligences
  • Intelligence Profiles and Communication Disorders
  • Sharing Information about personal difficulties with Family and Friends
  • Diagnostic terms such as: Language Disorder; Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Asperger’s Syndrome; ADHD; Semantic / Pragmatic Language Disorder 

 
A4 photocopiable book 115pp

Winter Adventure with Boris and Bella - for 4-6 year olds

Winter Adventure with Boris and Bella - for 4-6 year olds

£20.00 plus VAT

Winter Adventure with Boris and Bella - for 4-6 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 the topic of WINTER is explored.  The resource is carefully designed for 4-6 year olds.

  • Activity 1: Dress Boris and Bella game (understanding before/after, either/or and longer instructions)
  • Activity 2: Winter mind mapping (developing and categorising vocabulary to aid memory)
  • Activity 3: Tidy up the toys (understanding and giving detailed instructions- barrier game)
  • Activity 4: Sounds around- rhyming lotto (phonological awareness- rhyme)
  • Activity 5: What day is it today? (understanding 'yesterday', 'today' & 'tomorrow')

The CD is licensed to the purchaser for multiple printing.

These programmes, based on WINTER, can be used as class activities and are ideal to share with parents for further reinforcement at home. The activities aim to promote skills such as attention and listening, developing vocabulary, understanding of spoken language, using expressive language and phonological awareness..

Contents:

  • 1 x CD in lancing pack

Winter Wonderland with Boris and Bella - for 5-7 year olds

Winter Wonderland with Boris and Bella - for 5-7 year olds

£20.00 plus VAT

Winter Wonderland 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 the topic of WINTER is explored. The resource is carefully designed for 5-7 year olds.

  • 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)

The CD is licensed to the purchaser for multiple printing.

These programmes, based on WINTER, can be used as class activities and are ideal to share with parents for further reinforcement at home. The activities aim to promote skills such as attention and listening, developing vocabulary, understanding of spoken language, using expressive language and phonological awareness.

Contents:

  • 1 x CD in lancing pack