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Schools as Commissioners: Post 16s: Courses

Speech and Language Support for Post 16s

Elklan have developed a highly successful accredited ten week course for staff working with young adults aged 16-25 years with speech, language and communication need (SLCN). It has been written so that speech and language therapists and experienced teachers can train you in your locality under license. The package has been received enthusiastically.

What will I receive?
  • Teaching from qualified speech and language therapists and or an experienced teacher .
  • Opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge to support the communication of all young adults but especially those with speech and language difficulties in further education settings.
  • Our book Language Builders for Post 16s which forms the core reading material for the course. It is full of practical advice and ideas.
  • Support needed to write a portfolio to achieve accreditation.
  • Opportunities to meet other practitioners working with this complex age group and receive mutual support.
Who is the course for?

This course is available to learning support assistants, teachers, lecturers and tutors working within FE colleges, and also to staff supporting young adults in residential settings

What is taught?

The course runs for 8 sessions, each with targets you will be able to achieve by the end of the course:

  • What is communication?
    • Identify the processes involved in communication.
    • Demonstrate the wide range of communication problems.
  • Understand the message
    • Exploring non-verbal communication
    • Improving listening skills
    • Using visual schedules and practice schedules
  • Understand the words
    • Which words are difficult?
    • Strategies to promote the understanding of words
  • Understand the language
    • Why might understanding spoken language be difficult?
    • How can language be modified to help the listener?
    • Consider other issues such as non-literal language and bilingualism
  • Understand the question
    • A structure to explore the types of questions and demands placed on a young adult?
  • Understand the situation
    • What skills are needed to be 'streetwise'?
    • What strategies can be used?
  • The task of talking
    • What are the barriers to talking?
    • Consider the interaction
    • Reflect on opportunities to talk
    • Explore social skills
  • Challenges and changes
    • Explore different everyday situations
    • What is the communications challenge?
    • What changes can be implemented to support the young adult?


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