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Speech and Language Support for 5-11s course outline

Session 1:  What is communication?

  • Identify the processes involved in communication.
  • Demonstrate the wide range of communication difficulties and the impact this has for the child.

Session 2:  Understanding non-verbal communication, developing listening and attention skills

  • Understand the power of non-verbal communication (NVC).
  • Explore strategies to support children with poor listening and attention.

Session 3:  Developing memory and independent learning

  • Learn about making Mind Maps™ accessible to all.
  • Learn new visual strategies to help pupils work independently in the classroom.

Session 4:  Modifying adults’ speech to help a child understand language

  • Practise modifying the adult’s language through an understanding of information carrying words.
  • Consider issues pertinent to students learning an additional language.

Session 5:  Understanding beyond simple sentences

  • Discuss supporting verbal reasoning skills, including why & how questions, inferences, sequencing, predicting.
  • Practise modifying the adult’s language accordingly.

Session 6:  Promoting vocabulary development

  • Understand how children learn new words.
  • Develop a range of strategies to support the learning and retention of new words.

Session 7:  Encouraging expressive language development and storytelling skills

  • Discuss techniques to develop syntax (grammar) and narrative skills.
  • Learn new ideas to support narrative development.

Session 8:  Promoting effective communication and social skills

  • Reflect on the effects that interaction patterns between adults and children have on communication.
  • Develop active listening and support for children to speak out.
  • Identify skills required for successful social skills and share ideas as to how to promote these.

Session 9:  Supporting children with unclear speech and exploring the link between speech, reading and writing

  • Identify the development of speech sounds.
  • Discuss strategies to support children with unclear speech.
  • Consider the link between speech, reading and writing.
  • Review phonological awareness and the four main components.

Session 10:  Management of stammering and other issues raised during the course

  • Share ideas to support children who stammer.
  • Present evidence of applying knowledge gained across the course during everyday classroom activities.


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