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Challenging behaviour reduces and outstanding resultsare reported from our Communication Friendly Schools

Friday, April 04, 2014

I have never felt so emotional about Elklan as I did last Wednesday at the Elklan meeting of tutors and co-tutors in Salford. Those who attended were treated to amazing presentations from two schools who talked to us about the impact of the Communication Friendly Schools (CFS) programme on the children's academic progress and behaviour and staff confidence and skills. Riverside Primary School, Salford and Ladywood Special School, Bolton, awed us all by their commitment and enthusiasm in supporting the development of communication throughout their schools. ..


Primary and Nursery Show 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

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Elklan training "excellent", says blogger

Monday, November 18, 2013

John Cane, who runs an "Access 2 Therapy" blog recently took an Elklan TTP course, and posted his thoughts in his blog.  ..


New publication: Language Builders for 0-3

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

There has been a great deal of press coverage recently about the book Small Talk, by British speech therapist Nicola Lathey and journalist Tracey Blake, which suggests parents should start having back-and-forth "conversations" with babies from the age of 4 weeks. However, professionals might want to look at the latest Elklan book, ‘Language Builders for 0-3’. ..


Elklan Tutor nominated as inspirational trainer!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

We are delighted to announce that one of our Elklan tutors has been nominated for a national award. The Whats on 4 me awards  ..

A new resource from Elklan for working with under 5s

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I bought this a couple of months ago and have been using the activities in the groups we run. I think it’s an excellent resource which provides an exciting range of activities to embed vocabulary and language learning in the curriculum. ..


TAs make the situation worse? Not if they have Elklan training

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

I was horrified at the weekend to read that 1000s of TA jobs are to be cut because they can't prove that they are making a difference to pupils' progress. Indeed, there were even some articles which said that children's progress had been delayed because of the TAs. We know that there is a great of mis-information in reports about any topic but it is very worrying nevertheless.

What was their criteria for success, how are they measuring progress or performance? There is however, one element of probable truth: staff need training to fulfill their own potential and the development of the children with whom they are working. This is true for any us. Yet, how many of us know untrained, inexperienced staff who are trying their best to support children with such complex needs that they require 1:1 support.

The Speech and language support for 5-11s and 11-16s are specifically designed to help practitioners including TAs understand the processes involved and how to apply practical strategies in the classroom. As all Elklan courses, the feedback is carefully anlaysed and has always been extremely  well received. ..


Brand new course for practitioners: speech and language support 0-3s

Thursday, May 30, 2013

As part of the ELDP the Elklan course, Speech and Language Support for 0-3s is being offered free to Early Years practitioners at Level 4. Full details of the course content can be found here. Please note this is not for SaLTs.  ..


Are we doing OK? APT external moderation report

Thursday, May 23, 2013


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ASD update

Saturday, May 18, 2013

In the light of proposed changes to the DSM criteria for diagnosis of autism I was planning to re-write sections of the ASD course and the relevant parts in the other core courses. However correspondence on the NAS website prompted me to contact Julie Mullis RCSLT advisory for ASD to ask her advice.  Her response is as follows: ..