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Speech and Language Support for Vulnerable Young People

In response to the high level of concern regarding the communication difficulties experienced by young offenders Elklan have developed a highly successful accredited seven week course to equip those working with them. The course is for staff working with young people in youth offending institutions and prisons with speech, language and communication need (SLCN). It has been written so that speech and language therapists and experienced teachers can train in their locality under license. The package has been received enthusiastically.

What do participants 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 vulnerable young people but especially those with speech and language difficulties in further education settings.
  • Our book Language Builders for Vulnerable Young People which forms the core reading material for the course. It is full of practical advice and ideas.
  • Accreditation
  • Support needed to write a portfolio to achieve accreditation though an externally quality assured and Ofqual regulated national Awarding Organisation.
    Opportunities to meet other practitioners working with this complex group and receive mutual support.
Who is the course for?

This course is available to learning support assistants, teachers, lecturers and tutors working within youth offending institutions.

What is taught?

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

  • What is communication?
    • Identifying the processes involved in communication
    • Demonstrating the wide range of communication problems
    • Exploring communication strategies to improve levels of challenging behavior
  • Non-verbal communication, listening and attention
    • Exploring non-verbal communication
    • Improving listening skills
    • Considering attention levels and the impact this has on learning
  • Understanding spoken language
    • Reflecting on why understanding spoken language might be difficult
    • Modifying language to help the listener
    • Using visual schedules and practice schedules
    • Considering other issues such as non-literal language and bilingualism
  • Developing verbal reasoning
    • Exploring the types of questions and demands made on the listener and learning about how to adapt questions to develop a young person's reasoning skills.
  • Strategies to develop vocabulary
    • Identifying the challenges of vocabulary development
      Promoting the understanding of words
  • Encouraging expressive language and communication
    • Discussing strategies to support expressive language.
    • Identifying the barriers to talking.
    • Exploring social skills.
    • Promoting emotional literacy.
    • Using Comic Strip Conversations to understand situations and emotions.
  • Developing a Communication Plan (linking the course together)
    • Using knowledge gained from the course to prepare a Communication Plan which identifies a young person's communication strengths and weaknesses and then facilitates the planning of appropriate support strategies.



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