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Resources for Under 5s

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.

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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.

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.

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 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.

Language Steps

Language Steps

£42.00

A language resource aimed to develop both comprehension and expression in spoken language, by Amanda Armstrong.

By Amanda Armstrong, first published in 1999.

ISBN 978-1-874534-29-7

A language resource aimed to develop both comprehension and expression in spoken language. Focusing on early language skills from a One to Four word level, it is based on the Derbyshire Language Scheme principles and provides a photocopiable programme for speech & language therapists, assistants, teachers, nursery nurses and parents to develop the number of information carrying words in an utterance. Vocabulary, basic concepts and grammar have been kept to a minimum. 

Seven sections each of 6 session plans with associated homework activities. The activities can be used for individual or group therapy. A photocopiable score sheet is also provided which can form part of a child's treatment notes or Individual Education Plan. 

Contains clear instructions and over 70 pages of photocopiable picture material. 

Let's Talk with Under 5s workbook

Let's Talk with Under 5s workbook

£15.00

The workbook for the Let's Talk with Under 5s course.

This practical book provides information about the development of language and communication and how to recognise young children with speech, language and communication difficulties. It also gives ‘Helpful Hints’ with ideas to promote the speaking and listening skills of all children aged under 5 years but particularly those whose communication development is delayed.

The book has been used for fifteen years as part of a course but Elklan has been asked to make this resource more widely available to parents so that the book can be bought without having to attend any training. It is also suitable for early years practitioners wanting some key information and ideas.

The topics covered are:

  • Knowing all the skills involved in communication and the developmental stages
  • Encouraging appropriate adult-child interaction
  • Developing play for language
  • Helping children develop their understanding of language
  • Promoting the development of vocabulary and use of sentences
  • Thinking about the questions we ask children
  • Sharing books to support language development
  • Helping children with unclear speech and developing pre-reading skills.

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
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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.

Pecyn Geiriau EYBIC (Welsh Edition)

Pecyn Geiriau EYBIC (Welsh Edition)

£35.00

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

Pecyn Geiriau EYBIC 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.

Phoneme Factory Phonology Screener

Phoneme Factory Phonology Screener

£99.00 plus VAT

This software identifies specific pre-set activities in Phoneme Factory SoundSorter (sold separately) to use with a particular child

by Dr Yvonne Wren & Professor Sue Roulstone,
Bristol Speech & Language Therapy Research Unit

This software programme identifies specific pre-set activities in Phoneme Factory SoundSorter (sold separately) to use with a particular child.

Orders for this product will only be accepted within the UK

It enables users to screen for speech impairment in children aged 4-8 years old. It is particularly useful for teaching staff who might wish to know whether or not a child needs to be referred to speech and language therapy because of unclear speech and pronunciation.

The Phonology Screener consists of:

  • Child Assessment – assesses the child’s production of consonants and consonant clusters at the beginnings and ends of words and identifies the numbers of syllables produced by the child in multisyllabic words.
  • Phoneme Ready Reckoner – helps users distinguish between similar speech sounds used in the response options to the Screener.
  • Teacher training – contains practice screens for the user to work through prior to screening a child.
  • Reporting – delivers robust assessment results on the child’s phonological errors in relation to his or her age and recommends customised intervention activities to use from the SoundSorter software as well as guidance on whether or not the child needs referral to speech and language therapy.
  • Administration – multiple user capabilities and secure, efficient record-keeping

 
The Phoneme Factory works!  For evidence click here.