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Development Language Disorder (DLD) – I’ll Help You Understand It

Development Language Disorder (DLD) – I’ll Help You Understand It

£9.99

A book for parents and pracitioners, exploring aspects of communication which are challenging for children with DLD.

By Amanda Hampshire & Susan Stewart

Illustrated by Debbie Mason

The book is for parents and practitioners. Each chapter explores a different aspect of communication which is challenging for children with DLD. Follow the journeys of Joseph, Annoop, Connor, Lakshmi and others to gain an insight into the daily challenges faced by children and young people with DLD and strategies to help them.

Each chapter concentrates on a specific topic and is explored in clear sections: 'Our Experiences', 'Information', 'Put yourself in their shoes' and 'Strategies'.

The topics covered are:

  • Understanding Language
  • Talking
  • Word learning
  • Social Skills
  • Sensory Issues
  • Memory
  • School and College
  • Explain to your child about DLD
  • Life Implications
  • People and organisations who can help.

Review

‘Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) I’ll Help You Understand It’ written by two Speech and Language Therapists, Amanda Hampshire and Susan Stewart, is an accessible A5 sized book for parents to support their child. Each chapter covers different areas that a child or young person with DLD can present with including: understanding language, talking, word learning, social skills, sensory issues and memory. There are also chapters on School and College, Explaining to your child about DLD and Life Implications.  Every chapter following the structure of:  a case study, Information, ‘Put yourself in their shoes’, Strategies and Useful reading.

The case studies are from the authors’ own experience, such as ‘Joseph’ who finds understanding language challenging or ‘Anoop’ who struggles to translate his thoughts into words which impacts on his ability to share his thoughts and feelings.  Parents are then provided with ‘information’, for example on Page 13, the authors discuss the complex process needed for talking, from having an initial idea and to feel motivated to talk to then being able to construct an idea using the correct grammar structure.

I really liked the ‘Put yourself in their shoes…’ section. It invites parents to feel what it might be like for their own child -  a short passage is provided with a mix of upper and lower case letters and no spaces between words to show how hard it can be for their child to understand and process spoken language.

Every chapter also includes really clear and easy-to- follow strategies and practical ideas for parents to use with their child, such as visual supports like the Word Mat on Page 62 and Task Plan and Word Map on Page 63 as well as a Planner to support writing stories, Pages 77-78.

A key section of the book is Chapter 8 ‘Explaining to your child about DLD’ as the authors recognise the importance of promoting and developing children and young awareness of their DLD and self-advocacy skills.  It discusses the terminology of the specific words of ‘developmental’, ‘language’ and ‘disorder’ and encourages parents to explore this in an open and sensitive way together with their child, helping them to describe their DLD, recognise their own strengths and help the them to identify their individual self-help strategies.

The Appendices contain really useful information on professionals who can help and great website links to organisations such as RADLD and AFASIC. Additional references, useful You Tube video links on Page 91 and legislation on Pages 102-103 is also included.

Although this book is primarily written for parents I could also see it being useful for the wider family, education staff and those leading extra-curricular activities, e.g. Brownies, Cubs, Scouts.

Thank you, Amanda and Susan – I have been hoping to find something like this for a while and will certainly be sharing it with the families, colleagues and education staff I work with.

Paula Price
BA (Hons), BSc (Hons), MRCSLT, HCPC-Registered Speech and Language Therapist, Advanced Specialist in Developmental Language Disorders (DLD)

Interaction poster

Interaction poster

£3.00 plus VAT

Poster with info 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.

Language Builders for 0-3s

Language Builders for 0-3s

£22.00

A new and practical book providing detailed advice and activities to promote the speaking and listening of babies and young children.

This new and practical book provides detailed advice and activities to promote the speaking and listening of babies and young children. It has been carefully written to tie in with the EYFS and the two year review. It is full of information about communication development, typical developmental milestones, observation schedules to support your assessment, planning and monitoring of children’s progress and simple, fun ideas which are easy to implement in everyday situations.

Amongst the topics covered are:

  • What is communication?
  • Encouraging appropriate adult-child interaction
  • Developing play for language
  • Provide child friendly environments to support attention and listening
  • Helping children develop their understanding of language and verbal reasoning
  • Encouraging children to talk and adults to listen!
  • Sharing books, using rhymes to develop language and early literacy
  • Working with parents.

Language Journey Poster

Language Journey Poster

£3.00 plus VAT

A3 bright, colourful poster providing clear information and examples of the development of language compatible with the EYFS

A3 bright, colourful poster providing clear information and examples of the development of language compatible with the EYFS.

Let's Talk with Your Baby

Let's Talk with Your Baby

£45.00

Eight one-hour interactive sessions for parents/carers and their babies aged 3 – 12 months.

Eight one-hour interactive sessions for parents/carers and their babies aged 3 – 12 months. Can be delivered to groups or individual parents.

Aims:

  • Promote positive adult-child interaction at the earliest possible stage
  • Promote early attachment and communication skills
  • Provide a stimulating/communication rich environment through interactive, fun activities

 
Tried and tested: 100% of parents reported that they had tried out the activities at home.

Let’s Talk with your Baby does not specifically teach the skills that the session is focusing upon, but rather encourages parents/carers to experience specific activities together with their baby, in order to see the pleasure and the benefit to them both. By being involved in the activity together, parents should start to transfer these activities to another environment, i.e. home. Skills are therefore actively learnt through a relaxed and fun group, rather than a formal course. 

Who can deliver Let’s Talk with your Baby?

Any practitioner who supports families with babies aged 3 – 12 months e.g. Children Centre Workers, Family Support Workers, Portage, Health Visitors, SaLTs, SaLTAs. The activities can also be implemented by early years practitioners in nurseries that care for babies. 

Manual includes:

  • Teaching notes
  • Information to link in with EYFS
  • Evaluation sheets
  • Handouts for parents (printable in colour or black and white)
  • CD with handouts and editable promotional material: poster, pamphlet, certificate
  • Evaluation sheets


Sessions cover:

  • Let's look - Eye contact
  • Let's watch – Shared attention
  • Let's feel - Exploring textures
  • Let's make a noise - Singing and enjoying music
  • Let's splash – Water play
  • Let's take turns – Turn taking
  • Let's move – Exploring and moving
  • Let's chill – Baby massage
What do practitioners and parents say?

Olympic Vocabulary poster

Olympic Vocabulary poster

£4.00

Poster of strategies to support vocabularly learning

Poster of strategies to support vocabularly learning.

Format: single sided half-A2 laminated poster.

Teddy Talk Test

Teddy Talk Test

£85.00 plus VAT

A speech and language assessment for children aged 18 months to 5 years

A speech and language assessment for children aged 18 months to 5 years
Developed by Jo Darters, Speech and Language Therapist.

What is it?

The Teddy Talk Test is simple to use and quick to administer.

It can be used to check whether or not an English speaking child of five years old or under is on track with their speech and language development.

It helps Early Years professionals decide whether to refer a child for Speech and Language Therapy.

It links to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and is helpful when completing the EYFS progress check at age 2;0, as well as the EYFS profile at 5;0.

It is an invaluable screening tool for Speech and Language Therapists

What does it consist of?

  • The Teddy Talk Test consists of a colourful, wipe clean drawstring bag, a 36-page instruction booklet, 8 objects, 6 action pictures and 6 'Talk-about' pictures.
  • The items have been carefully chosen to be familiar and interesting enough to engage young children but not so interesting as to distract them too much.
  • The pictures have been created to appeal to young children and to provide plenty of opportunity for evaluating a child's vocabulary and ability to construct simple sentences.
  • The booklet contains everything you need to know about how to do the Teddy Talk Test, including a photocopiable Record Form and Summary sheet. 
  • The Summary sheet enables a profile of the child's skills to be created with regards to 4 main areas: 
    1. play and social skills,
    2. understanding of spoken language,
    3. talking and communication 
    4. speech sound development.


Who can use it?

  • Any care giving adult or Early Years Professional interested in monitoring children’s communication skills.

WinG: Words in Game Test

WinG: Words in Game Test

£120.00 plus VAT

A standardised assessment for children aged 19-36 months which assesses the knowledge of nouns, verbs and a range of describing words

English adaptation and standardisation by:
Allegra Cattani
Andrea Krott
Ian Dennis
Caroline Floccia

WinG is a standardised assessment for children aged 19-36 months which assesses the knowledge of nouns, verbs and a range of describing words. The test is made up of four subtests to evaluate children’s semantic knowledge: noun comprehension, predicate comprehension (‘predicate’ includes verbs, adjectives and prepositions), noun production and predicate production.

WinG includes:

  • 132 picture cards:
    • 44 for comprehension
    • 44 for production
    • 44 distractors
    • two sets of all three as ‘pre-test’ items
  • an administrator manual
  • an interactive assessment form which will calculate the results for you

Record forms are available to download from https://www.stass.co.uk/downloads