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Resources for Under 5s

Adeiladwyr Iaith Cynnar

Adeiladwyr Iaith Cynnar

£22.00

A book packed full of practical ideas to support children’s speaking and listening skills at pre-foundation and foundation stage.

This invaluable and practical book provides detailed advice and activities to promote the speaking and listening skills of all children aged between 2 and 6 years. It has been widely used across thousands of settings and enables professionals and parents to understand the communication difficulties children experience. It gives relevant advice and is full of lots of ideas to support children with a wide range of speech and language difficulties

Amongst the topics covered are:

  • Developing play for language
  • Encouraging appropriate adult-child interaction
  • The development of attention levels
  • Helping children develop their understanding of language andverbal reasoning
  • Developing social skills through play
  • Helping pre-school children with autistic spectrum disorder
  • Helping children develop phonological awareness
  • Helping children with unclear speech

Adventures with Boris and Bella - for 4-6 year olds

Adventures with Boris and Bella - for 4-6 year olds

£20.00 - £65.00 plus VAT

£20.00 - £65.00 plus VAT and postage | view postage rates

Printable colouring sheets and ideas to promote skills such as attention and listening, developing vocabulary, understanding of language, expressive language and phonological awareness. The resource is carefully designed for 4-6 year olds.

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Bella Set of 8 - verb lotto games

Bella Set of 8 - verb lotto games

£105.00 plus VAT

Bella Set of 8 – verb lotto games

All eight packs of the Bella verb lotto games series.

Includes:

Each pack contains two A4 sized lotto boards with two matching sets of six cards.

The packs include simple ideas about how to teach prepositions and encourage their use.

Contents of each pack: 2 x A4 lotto boards and 12 x cards of Bella doing different things. All laminated and ready to use.

Blank Poster

Blank Poster

£3.00 plus VAT

An A3 blank poster. The four levels represented clearly and visually.

The four levels represented clearly and visually.

A3 size to fit any wall.

Boris and Bella’s Barrier Games

Boris and Bella’s Barrier Games

£15.00 - £55.00 plus VAT

£15.00 - £55.00 plus VAT and postage | view postage rates

Barrier games can be used to develop children's listening skills and expressive language while having fun.

Each child has an identical base-board and a set of pictures. The children take turns to TALK and give effective instructions to tell the other child where to put one of the small pictures. The other child LISTENS, UNDERSTANDS and carries out the instruction. The child who listens can be encouraged to ask the speaker for clarification or more details as needed. At the end, the children compare their pictures with the aim of making their boards look the same.

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Boris and Bella’s Shopping Day Game

Boris and Bella’s Shopping Day Game

£28.00 plus VAT

Boris and Bella’s Shopping Day Game

This game encourages development of understanding and the ability to give detailed, complex instructions. The pack contains 6 base-boards and 12 food items (6 small and 6 big images.)

This game is ideal to reinforce key vocabulary and encourage children to understand directions with an increasing number of Information Carrying Words (ICWs).  For example:

  • Show the child just the basket and a variety of the fruits and vegetables all the same size and ask the child to ‘Put the carrot in the basket’ (1 x ICW)
  • Show the child the basket and trolley and a variety of the fruits and vegetables all the same size and say ‘Put the carrot in the basket’ (2 x ICW)
  • Show the child Bella with her basket, Bella with her trolley, Boris with his basket, Boris with his trolley and a variety of the fruits and vegetables all the same size and say ‘Put the carrot in Bella’s basket’ (3 x ICW)
  • If you use the above example and introduce the fruit and vegetables of different sizes, then the child has to understand a direction containing 4 ICWs.  For example ‘Put the big carrot in Bella’s basket

Contents:

  • 6 x A3 shopping base-boards: shopping trolley, shopping basket, Bella with a shopping basket and shopping trolley, Boris with a shopping basket and Boris with a shopping trolley.
  • 6 x A5 shopping item cards laminated for the ‘big’ shopping items
  • 6 x A6 character shopping basket sheets laminated for the ‘small’ shopping items

Boris and Bella’s Washing Day Game

Boris and Bella’s Washing Day Game

£28.00 plus VAT

Boris and Bella’s Washing Day Game

This game encourages development of understanding and the ability to give detailed, complex instructions. The pack contains 2 base-boards and 12 items of clothing (6 small and 6 big images.)

This game is ideal to reinforce key vocabulary and encourage children to understand directions with an increasing number of Information Carrying Words (ICWs).  For example:

  • Show the child just the washing-machine and a variety of clothes all the same size and ask the child to ‘Put the T-shirt in the washing-machine’ (1 x ICW)
  • Show the child the washing-machine and the cupboard and a variety of clothes all the same size and say ‘Put the T-shirt in the washing-machine’ (2 x ICW)
  • This can be made harder by asking the child to find two items of clothing such ‘Put the T-shirt and jumper in the washing-machine’ (3 x ICW)
  • If you use the above example and introduce clothes of different sizes, then the child has to understand a direction containing 4 ICWs.  For example ‘Put the big T-shirt and jumper in the washing-machine’ (4 x ICW)

Contents:

  • 2 x A3 shopping base-boards: washing-machine and cupboard.
  • 6 x A5 shopping item cards laminated for the ‘big’ clothing items
  • 6 x A6 character shopping basket sheets laminated for the ‘small’ clothing items

Boris Preposition Lotto Games

Boris Preposition Lotto Games

£15.00 - £45.00 plus VAT

£15.00 - £45.00 plus VAT and postage | view postage rates

Games with simple ideas about how to teach prepositions and encourage their use.

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Colourful Stories

Colourful Stories

£25.00 plus VAT

A visual support strategy to help children learn about, tell and write stories, by Liz Elks and Henrietta McLachlan.

By Liz Elks and Henrietta McLachlan.

Colourful Stories is a visual support strategy which helps children to learn about the structure of stories and become more confident about telling and writing stories.  Colourful Stories encourages oral narrative sills and introduces written words only when the child is confident about the structure of a story and how to tell a story orally.

Colourful Stories consists of:

  • Coloured cards - there are 6 to represent the different parts of a story
  • Story Board
  • Picture sequencing cards

This is an effective strategy if used as a whole school approach starting at The Foundation Stage.  At this stage, Colourful Stories would be used as a whole class approach. It also lends itself to small group or individual support.  At Key Stage 2 many children can write stories independently but others may need additional support; Colourful Stories can be used to differentiate the activity.  Colourful Stories is easy to use and can be explained to parents so that parents and supporting adults can use it 1:1 with specific children.

What do practitioners say?

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)

Early Language Builders

Early Language Builders

£22.00

A book packed full of practical ideas to support children’s speaking and listening skills at pre-foundation and foundation stage.

This invaluable and practical book provides detailed advice and activities to promote the speaking and listening skills of all children aged between 2 and 6 years. It has been widely used across thousands of settings and enables professionals and parents to understand the communication difficulties children experience. It gives relevant advice and is full of lots of ideas to support children with a wide range of speech and language difficulties

Amongst the topics covered are:

  • Developing play for language
  • Encouraging appropriate adult-child interaction
  • The development of attention levels
  • Helping children develop their understanding of language andverbal reasoning
  • Developing social skills through play
  • Helping pre-school children with autistic spectrum disorder
  • Helping children develop phonological awareness
  • Helping children with unclear speech

EYBIC Word Pack

EYBIC Word Pack

£35.00

A resource which will help pre-school settings to develop everyday vocabulary and support the understanding of spoken language.

Early Years Based Information Carrying Word Pack is a rich resource of beautiful pictures and interesting activities to promote the vocabulary, speaking and listening of a wide range of children through the principle of Information Carrying Words.

For those unfamiliar with Information Carrying Words, the concept provides a structured framework which helps children increase the amount of information they can remember. At the same time EYBIC will develop their knowledge and language of everyday topics including:

  • Ourselves
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Toys
  • Animals
  • Home


The resource includes:

  • Careful explanations about Information Carrying Words and how to use the resource
  • Illustrations to print in black and white or colour
  • Home Activities
  • Vocabulary checklists to monitor progress
  • A two and a half hour training session for parents and early years practitioners, which includes teaching notes, a PowerPoint presentation and handouts.


EYBIC Word Pack will help to improve:

  • Understanding of spoken language
  • Listening and attention
  • Auditory sequential memory
  • Vocabulary development
  • Expressive language
  • Social communication skills

EYBIC Word Pack supports Early Learning Goals.

EYBIC Word Pack is very useful for children learning additional languages.

EYBIC Word Pack helps parents, early years practitioners and speech and language therapists to work together to promote children’s language and communication skills.