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Adeiladwyr Iaith ar gyfer Anghenion Cymhleth

Adeiladwyr Iaith ar gyfer Anghenion Cymhleth

£22.00

An excellent resource which makes this complex area of language development accessible to non-specialist staff.

This excellent resource makes this complex area of language development accessible to non-specialist staff. All those working in the field will appreciate the clear explanations and practical support and advice for those working and living with children at the pre-intentional and intentional stages of communication as far as beginning to use first words. The book explores a wide range of issues concerning children who have little or no means of expressing themselves verbally.

Adeiladwyr Iaith ar gyfer Anghenion Cymhleth  provides ideas for assessment and recording progress as well as detailed advice and practical activities. It is written for speech and language therapists, teachers, teaching assistants, pre-school practitioners and parents.

The book examines the characteristic communication skills, the interaction required and the thinking and play skills that need nurturing at each of the following stages:

  • Pre-Intentional Communication.
  • Being able to anticipate events.
  • Intentional Communication.


It also considers:

  • The link between play and language.
  • Total Communication – signs, symbols, Communication Passports, and briefly, Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
  • Using first words, ideas and phrases.


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.

Bubble Poster

Bubble Poster

£3.00 plus VAT

Poster with clear information 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.

Communication Builders for AAC

Communication Builders for AAC

£22.00

Comprehensive information about the assessment and use of the whole range of AAC options.

Communication Builders for AAC provides comprehensive information about the assessment and use of the whole range of AAC options. Andrea Kirton, co-author, is a highly specialist speech and language therapist but she writes this book in a style which makes this important information accessible to education practitioners, parents, carers, SaLTs.  It is the core reading material for the accredited course Supporting Adults and Children using AAC.

It’s a one-stop-shop to AAC!

Contents:

Chapter 1: What is AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication)?

  • Why use AAC? 
  • What Does AAC Include? 
  • Access Methods
  • The AAC Team

 
Chapter 2: Assessment

  • Who might benefit from AAC? 
  • Cause and effect skills
  • Social Communication Skills
  • Symbolic Understanding
  • Understanding of Spoken Language
  • The expressive-receptive gap
  • Visual SkillsAccess Method
  • Tools for Assessment
  • AAC Profile and Action Plan
  • Definition of Communicative Competence for AAC users  (Janice Light, 1989) 
  • Social Networks (Sarah Blackstone and Mary Hunt Berg, 2003) 
  • Means, Reasons and Opportunities (Della Money and Sue Thurman, 1994) 

 
Chapter 3: Unaided Communication

  • What is Unaided Communication?
  • Assessing Unaided Methods of Communication
  • Observation Schedule for assessing Unaided Communication Methods
  • Developing Unaided Communication Skills

Chapter 4: Low Tech Communication Aids

  • Types of Low Tech AAC systems
  • Aspects of Assessment for Low Tech AAC
  • Access
  • Vocabulary/Language
  • Social Use
  • Design Issues
  • The Next Step – Activities to support and develop use of the Low Tech AAC system
  • Cause and effect with people (Communicative Intent) 
  • Requesting item/indicating choice
  • Participation in a social activity
  • General Conversation

 
Chapter 5: High Tech Communication aids

  • Types of High Tech Communication Systems
  • Assessment for a High Tech System
  • Access
  • Vocabulary/Language
  • Social Use
  • Design Issues
  • The Next Step - Activities to support and develop use of the High Tech AAC system
  • Linguistic Skills
  • Social Skills

 
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.

Communication Builders for Complex Needs

Communication Builders for Complex Needs

£22.00

An excellent resource which makes this complex area of language development accessible to non-specialist staff.

This excellent resource makes this complex area of language development accessible to non-specialist staff. fAll those working in the field will appreciate the clear explanations and practical support and advice for those working and living with children at the pre-intentional and intentional stages of communication as far as beginning to use first words. The book explores a wide range of issues concerning children who have little or no means of expressing themselves verbally.

Communication Builders for Complex Needs provides ideas for assessment and recording progress as well as detailed advice and practical activities. It is written for speech and language therapists, teachers, teaching assistants, pre-school practitioners and parents.

The book examines the characteristic communication skills, the interaction required and the thinking and play skills that need nurturing at each of the following stages:

  • Pre-Intentional Communication.
  • Being able to anticipate events.
  • Intentional Communication.


It also considers:

  • The link between play and language.
  • Total Communication – signs, symbols, Communication Passports, and briefly, Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
  • Using first words, ideas and phrases.


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.

Let's Talk with Special Children workbook

Let's Talk with Special Children workbook

£15.00

The workbook for the Let's Talk with Special Children course.

This practical book provides information about the development of the early stages of language and communication from the pre-intentional to the intentional communicator.  It gives ‘Helpful Hints’ with ideas to promote communication from the point at which a child is succeeding and explains how interventions such as PECs, Intensive Interaction, Attention Autism and the use of symbols, signs, objects of reference etc. are beneficial for children at different steps on the journey towards being an intentional communicator.

Let’s Talk with Special Children is written for parents of children with severe communication difficulties or profound and multiple learning needs.  It is also suitable for early years practitioners, teaching assistants and teachers wanting some key information and ideas.

The book has been used for eight 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.

The topics covered are:

  • Knowing the developmental stages towards intentional communication
  • Understanding how to help a child to play and explore their world to support the development of language
  • Encouraging appropriate adult-child interaction
  • Promoting the use of objects, pictures, signs and symbols
  • Helping to maximise a child’s ability to communicate.

Symbol Poster

Symbol Poster

£3.00 plus VAT

Poster illustrating the hierarchical development of symbolic understanding.

A3 bright, colourful poster that illustrates the hierarchical development of symbolic understanding. Use this in a classroom/setting to share information about how to support pupils with their communication – which pupils understand whole objects and which pupils can communicate by using photos or symbols etc.

Format: single sided A3 laminated poster.