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TALC Prawf Deall Iaith Haniaethol (Welsh edition)

TALC Prawf Deall Iaith Haniaethol (Welsh edition)

£45.00

A resource designed to help speech and language therapists, education staff and the wider workforce to assess and develop the verbal reasoning skills primary aged children who experience difficulty understanding what is said to them.

This beautifully illustrated resource is designed to help speech and language therapists, education staff and the wider workforce to assess and develop the verbal reasoning skills of all under 5s and primary aged children who experience difficulty understanding what is said to them

The TALC is based on the Language of Learning Model proposed by Blank, Rose and Berlin (1978). The Language of Learning Model is popular in Australia where it is referred to as 'Blanks' or 'The Blank Language Scheme.' This scheme is very popular with early years and education staff as it helps them to differentiate class based activities for all children. This assessment will enable children to be appropriately assessed and supported at the right level for them. Anyone familiar with the principles of assessing children can conduct the TALC.

More information about 'Blank' is written in the resource and in all Elklan Language Builders books (excepting Communication Support for Children with Severe and Complex Needs).

The TALC can be used to:

  • Assess the level of abstract language a child can understand
  • Set individual, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) targets
  • Increase the awareness of the types of questions and directions the child might be expected to understand
  • Indicate how the language used to interact with the child can be modified to ensure that the child understands the linguistic demands
  • Encourage the development of the child's abstract reasoning skills within his level of ability
  • Develop the child's confidence because the demands will be realistic
  • Measure change


There are two parts to the TALC assessment:

  • Part I involves a picture assessment. The topics for the six pictures have been carefully chosen to reflect the experiences of a wide and diverse population. The child is shown a picture or is given four pictures to put in the correct order. The assessor asks the questions listed on the score sheet and notes can be made about the child's response. There are 70 questions.
  • Part II of the TALC gives a list of the types of questions which can be adapted to suit all situations so that assessment can take place during natural communicative interactions. A simple record sheet is provided.


All the score forms can be photocopied for multiple use.

Talking Phonology

Talking Phonology

£29.95

A strong tool to encourage the recognition of initial sounds and rhymes with amusing artwork.

By Sadie Lewis.

A strong tool to encourage the recognition of initial sounds and rhymes with amusing artwork.

Each original picture contains 5 items linked through initial sounds, and 5 items linked through rhyme to promote phonological awareness skills.

  • e.g. cat, carrot, candles, car, can, cake; 
  • mat, rat, hat, bat, fat.

Each of the 18 sections has:

  • a picture to set the focus word
  • a composite picture
  • sentence completion exercise
  • clues to enhance the child's ability to generalise learned skills
  • a record form.

The booklet inspires children and adults and is photocopyable.

Talking Semantics

Talking Semantics

£29.95

A range of 20 humorous composite pictures used to strengthen semantic knowledge.

by Sadie Lewis

A range of 20 humorous composite pictures used to strengthen semantic knowledge.

Each picture contains 16 or more items linked to its theme: e.g. hot, handles, on-off, through, up-down.

Along with these, there are numerous extension activities aiding the teacher or therapist to increase the child's understanding.

Increased semantic knowledge facilitates word finding skills and new word learning.

Original photocopyable pictures with illustrations by Tessa Papier.

Talking Time

Talking Time

£25.00

An evidence based resource to develop early language skills.

Talking Time - an evidence based resource to develop early language skills

Talking Time was devised at the Institute of Education London in collaboration with schools and pupils in Tower Hamlets. The project was devised by Julie Dockrell and Morag Stuart at the Institute of Education, London. Diane King was the senior research officer on the project.

Talking Time is an evidence based resource that can support staff in developing early language skills. The materials have been tried and tested in Tower Hamlets nurseries and have been shown to be effective. They provide staff with tools to be used flexibly in contexts where, for whatever reason, children may be struggling with speaking and understanding language.

To see details of the evidence based research concerning the resource, please click here.

The resource contains the following:

  • Teacher Handbook: A 31 page booklet of simple ideas which are carefully explained with examples and colour photographs. Topics covered include:
    • Introduction
    • Supporting vocabulary  development
    • Encouraging skills of inference through Story Talk
    • Developing narrative skills through effective questioning and using picture sequences (hexagon resources)
  • Talking Time video:  A video of examples of good practice in settings in Tower Hamlets. Talk over provided by Professor Julie Dockrell
  • Hexagon Resources: 10 sets of colour photographs providing a total of 80 pictures to develop narrative skills.  Topics include:
    • At school (8 photos)
    • Baking biscuits (13 photos)
    • Dropping oranges  (6 photos)
    • Eating ice-cream (3 photos)
    • Eid party (7 photos)
    • Going to school (11 photos)
    • Losing toy plane (6 photos)
    • Shopping (12 photos)
    • Swing Fall (6 photos)
    • Visiting the doctor (8 photos)

Talking Time booklet, DVD and CD all in a plastic wallet costs £35 plus P&P.

Talking Together

Talking Together

£27.50

Shared language activities for adults and young children, developed from original work in the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne Department of Speech by Rachel Hall.

By Rachel Hall, first published in 1990.

ISBN: 978-1-874534-10-5

Shared language activities for adults and young children, developed from original work in the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne Department of Speech. All the ideas you have ever needed, imaginatively put together and illustrated by Rachel Hall. This loose-leaf file contains A4 master sheets of 46 games and activities to encourage attention skills, memory, sequencing and communication in young children. Each sheet is conveniently held in a plastic pocket and can be photocopied and given out to Parents, Nursery Teachers, Health Visitors, etc. An invaluable and time-saving resource.

A4 photocopiable book, 34 pages.

Tall Tales to Invest in Vocab

Tall Tales to Invest in Vocab

£35.00

A fun resource to learn, reinforce and embed vocabulary

Tall Tales - a fun resource to learn, reinforce and embed vocabulary. Essential for anyone serious about teaching vocabulary in year 5 and above.

12 short quirky stories based on true stories sourced from newspapers and the internet  from ‘Angry Cat Crashes the Car’ to ‘Footballing Fish’ provide rich material for developing vocabulary and non-literal language.

For example, ‘A schoolboy was shocked when he had to fork out 10 pence to take his hamster on a bus. Jordan Underwood had already paid 55 pence for his own fare, and couldn't comprehend it when he had to cough up for his pet too!

180 pages of stories, quizzes, odd one out, matching opposites, sentence completion, crosswords, word searches and other activities to provide plenty of practice. The simple repetitive nature of the exercises makes it difficult to not succeed.

Invaluable for teachers and TAs and ideal for home learning opportunities.

Teddy Preposition cards

Teddy Preposition cards

£8.00 plus VAT

The pack of 16 cards showing Ted in different positions. For example:

  • Ted is in the cupboard
  • Ted is in the suitcase
  • Ted is on the chair
  • Ted is on the tractor
  • Ted is under the bed
  • Ted is under the umbrella
  • Ted is beside a suitcase

The pack includes simple ideas about how to teach prepositions and encourage their use.

Contents:

  • 16 x A5 cards of Ted in different positions all laminated and ready to use.

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.

Test of Abstract Language Comprehension

Test of Abstract Language Comprehension

£45.00

A resource designed to help speech and language therapists, education staff and the wider workforce to assess and develop the verbal reasoning skills primary aged children who experience difficulty understanding what is said to them.

This beautifully illustrated resource is designed to help speech and language therapists, education staff and the wider workforce to assess and develop the verbal reasoning skills of all under 5s and primary aged children who experience difficulty understanding what is said to them

The TALC is based on the Language of Learning Model proposed by Blank, Rose and Berlin (1978). The Language of Learning Model is popular in Australia where it is referred to as 'Blanks' or 'The Blank Language Scheme.' This scheme is very popular with early years and education staff as it helps them to differentiate class based activities for all children. This assessment will enable children to be appropriately assessed and supported at the right level for them. Anyone familiar with the principles of assessing children can conduct the TALC.

More information about 'Blank' is written in the resource and in all Elklan Language Builders books (excepting Communication Support for Children with Severe and Complex Needs).

The TALC can be used to:

  • Assess the level of abstract language a child can understand
  • Set individual, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) targets
  • Increase the awareness of the types of questions and directions the child might be expected to understand
  • Indicate how the language used to interact with the child can be modified to ensure that the child understands the linguistic demands
  • Encourage the development of the child's abstract reasoning skills within his level of ability
  • Develop the child's confidence because the demands will be realistic
  • Measure change


There are two parts to the TALC assessment:

  • Part I involves a picture assessment. The topics for the six pictures have been carefully chosen to reflect the experiences of a wide and diverse population. The child is shown a picture or is given four pictures to put in the correct order. The assessor asks the questions listed on the score sheet and notes can be made about the child's response. There are 70 questions.
  • Part II of the TALC gives a list of the types of questions which can be adapted to suit all situations so that assessment can take place during natural communicative interactions. A simple record sheet is provided.


All the score forms can be photocopied for multiple use.

Test of Abstract Language Comprehension 2

Test of Abstract Language Comprehension 2

£45.00

This beautifully illustrated resource is designed to help speech and language therapists, education staff and the wider workforce to assess and develop the verbal reasoning skills of pupils aged 11 and over.

This beautifully illustrated resource is designed to help speech and language therapists, education staff and the wider workforce to assess and develop the verbal reasoning skills of pupils aged 11 and over.

The TALC 2 is based on the Language of Learning Model proposed by Blank, Rose and Berlin (1978). The Language of Learning Model is popular in Australia where it is referred to as 'Blanks' or 'The Blank Language Scheme.' This scheme is well received by teachers and teaching assistants working with children at Key Stages 2 & 3 as it helps them to differentiate class based activities for all children but especially those having difficulty understanding language and talking. The assessment will enable children to be appropriately assessed and supported at the right level for them. Anyone familiar with the principles of assessing children can use TALC 2.

More information about 'Blank' is written in the resource and in all Elklan Language Builders books apart from 'Communication Support for Children with Severe and Complex Needs.

TALC 2 can be used to:

  • Assess the level of abstract language a young person can understand.
  • Set individual, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) targets.
  • Increase the awareness of the types of questions and directions the pupil might be expected to understand.
  • Indicate how the language used to interact with the young person can be modified to ensure that the pupil understands the linguistic demands.
  • Encourage the development of the young person's abstract reasoning skills within his level of ability.
  • Develop the young person's confidence because the demands will be realistic.
  • Measure change.


There are three parts to the TALC 2 assessment:

  • Part I involves a picture assessment. The topics for the six pictures have been carefully chosen to reflect the experiences of a wide and diverse population. A picture is shown or four pictures are given to put in the correct order. The assessor asks the questions listed on the score sheet and notes can be made about the responses. There are 60 questions.
  • Part II of the TALC gives a list of the types of questions which can be adapted to suit all situations so that assessment can take place during natural communicative interactions. A simple record sheet is provided.
  • Part III of the TALC provides examples of how to modify questions asked whilst teaching different curriculum subjects. Examples are given for English Literature, Maths, Science, Technology, Geography and History.


All the score forms can be photocopied for multiple use.

Understanding Me

Understanding Me

£35.00

An invaluable resource for professionals working with adolescents with communication difficulties, by Susan Stewart & Amanda Hampshire.

This product temporarily unavailable while a revised edition is prepared.

By Susan Stewart & Amanda Hampshire, first published in 2007

ISBN 978-1-874534-44-0

An invaluable resource for professionals working with adolescents with communication difficulties. 115 pages give detailed session plans and associated photocopiable material to support students to gain insight into their communication difficulties, allowing them to develop coping strategies and to be able to explain their problems to others. The programme was designed for small groups but it can be adapted for use with individual clients.

The programme of 12 sessions covers the following areas:

  • What is communication?
  • Which parts of the body are used in communication
  • The 8 different intelligences
  • Intelligence Profiles and Communication Disorders
  • Sharing Information about personal difficulties with Family and Friends
  • Diagnostic terms such as: Language Disorder; Autistic Spectrum Disorder; Asperger’s Syndrome; ADHD; Semantic / Pragmatic Language Disorder 

 
A4 photocopiable book 115pp

Vocabulary Voyage CD

Vocabulary Voyage CD

£25.00 plus VAT

A vocabulary teaching programme with printable resources.

by Shiena Stockton, MRCSLT with
Kathy Barber B Ed Hons. 
Ruth Cusack MRCSLT
Lucy Morse Reg. MRCSLT

  • Helping you to help students develop their vocabulary
  • Target words and activities to use in school and at home
  • Useful for EAL
  • All on a disc to print off what you want when you want it!

 
Vocabulary Voyage is a vocabulary teaching programme and was developed as a practical response to the needs of language impaired and dyslexic secondary school age pupils. It consists of a specific vocabulary of 240 words which are not subject linked but are in common use and are essential for understanding everyday language used in the classroom and for reading texts.  The words are based on Coxhead’s Academic word list (Coxhead 2000).

The words have then been grouped into sets of 10 and a range of activities have been developed to enable pupils to learn the words in a fun way and in a way which can be easily incorporated into the curriculum at Key Stage 3. The scheme has also proved valuable for older pupils and young adults with specific learning difficulties which impact on vocabulary learning and expressive language skills.

This scheme differs from existing work in the field in that, rather than giving strategies for word learning and ways to determine the words to teach, it actually focuses on a designated set of words and gives activities to support learning.  The scheme is seen as an addition to the existing material in the field of vocabulary teaching rather than an alternative.

There are 24 packs each one covering 10 words.

All the packs have the same sequence of activities as follows:

  1. 5 words introduced at a time: Definitions, ideas for discussion and a sentence completion sheet.
  2. Word cards: To be used for a variety of activities.
  3. Words and Definitions: A sheet with all 10 words and definitions.
  4. Word to picture matching: Pupils find their own pictures to represent the words - an excellent activity for discussion.
  5. Missing Words: Sentences with missing words from the 10 target words.
  6. Suffixes and Prefixes: Encourage pupils to consider how suffixes and prefixes are used to alter a word.
  7. Sentence Starters: First part of a sentence, using one of the 10 target words, for the pupils to complete.
  8. Inference Texts: One or more paragraphs using the target words with questions aimed to support comprehension of these words in context.
  9. Phrases to Words: one or more passages using phrases which can be replaced with the target words. Includes questions about the text.
  10. Lotto Boards

 
This scheme is not about spelling, it is about word knowledge and encouraging pupils to be more adventurous and creative in their use of language. This package will enable young people to be more concise and precise in the way they talk and more able to infer meaning from the texts.