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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: ..


Elklan training for all!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

I overheard a conversation between a health visitor and a social worker this morning. The Social Worker was saying that a child JUST had a speech problem and the health Visitor was describing a behaviour issue. They seemed to think that these were two separate, completely in-related issues but the more they talked the more, I thought it sounded obvious that the two were related!   They both agreed that the parent’s demands on the child were unrealistically high. ..


Why should I have Elklan training for my school?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

As an Elklan Tutor, I was discussing what the Elklan training could do for one particular school today. I know the Head Teacher by reputation and understood that whatever I said, he would need to be able to read it for himself. Consequently, prior to the meeting, I decided to read through the section of the Elklan website to which I was directing him, namely the Commissioner section:schools as commissioners http://www.elklan.co.uk/information/commissioners-schools/5-11yrs/case-studies ..


Communication Friendly Schools: presented lightning style

Friday, April 26, 2013

The ASLTIP conference in March really embraced new technology in several ways but one which grabbed our attention was the lighting talks section. These were 10 presentations of 5 minutes which sounds easy BUT these had to be 25 slides, each with 15 seconds which moved forwards independently. We thought it might be a good place to talk about the Communication Friendly Schools Project. ..


Another example of the benefits of Elklan training

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

We have been talking about the the many benefits of Elklan training for TAs but even I was pleasantly surprised this week: I run Smart Talkers pre-school communication groups, some of which are for a universal audience and some which are targeted for referred children with definite needs. They are commissioned by the Sure Start Children’s Centres and we work closely with the mainstream services such as social workers, health visitors, NHS SaLTs, Local support teams etc.  ..