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Resources for Under 5s

Phoneme Factory Set

Phoneme Factory Set

£163.00 plus VAT

A range of activities to develop children’s listening and discrimination of speech sounds.

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

This software programme provides a range of activities to develop children’s listening and discrimination of speech sounds. The Phoneme Factory Phonology Screener included in this set identifies specific pre-set activities on the SoundSorter to use with a particular child. Alternatively it can be used by speech and language therapists to customise activities for a child’s specific pattern of speech sound errors through the selection of targets, contrasts, word position and other settings.

SoundSorter is aimed at children aged between 4 and 8 and:

  • Contains age-appropriate activities to develop a child’s listening and awareness of sounds in speech.
  • Provides busy teachers, SENCO’s and LSA’s with easy configuration, accessibility and record keeping options, consistent with common error patterns seen in young children’s speech.
  • Provides speech and language therapists with the option for more complex configurations for those children who are using unusual speech sound errors.

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.

Phoneme Factory SoundSorter

Phoneme Factory SoundSorter

£99.00 plus VAT

A range of activities to develop children’s listening and discrimination of speech sounds.

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

This software programme provides a range of activities to develop children’s listening and discrimination of speech sounds. It can be used by teaching staff in combination with the Phoneme Factory Phonology Screener (sold separately) which identifies specific pre-set activities on the SoundSorter to use with a particular child. Alternatively it can be used by speech and language therapists to customise activities for a child’s specific pattern of speech sound errors through the selection of targets, contrasts, word position and other settings.

The SoundSorter software is aimed at children aged between 4 and 8 and:

  • Contains age-appropriate activities to develop a child’s listening and awareness of sounds in speech.
  • Provides busy teachers, SENCO’s and LSA’s with easy configuration, accessibility and record keeping options, consistent with common error patterns seen in young children’s speech.
  • Provides speech and language therapists with the option for more complex configurations for those children who are using unusual speech sound errors.

 
The Phoneme Factory works!  For evidence click here.

PORIC

PORIC

£55.00

A wealth of ideas to assess and develop the linguistic concepts (descriptive vocabulary) needed to access the Foundation and Key Stage 1 curricula, based on Ann Locke's 'Living Language' programme which underpins most of the Maths and Science curricula throughout the UK.

PORIC provides a wealth of ideas to assess and develop the linguistic concepts (descriptive vocabulary) needed to access the Foundation and Key Stage 1 curricula. It is based on the core vocabulary and linguistic concepts incorporated in Ann Locke's 'Living Language' programme which underpins most of the Maths and Science curriculai in all four countries of the UK. it is an invaluable resource for staff supporting children who need more help to learn these important words.

PORIC is a long established product that has been used by many teachers and Therapists, it was written by Glinette Woods and Deborah Acors in 1999. The publisher retired and the authors have worked with Henrietta to produce a brand new edition which is now published by Elklan.

The PORIC pack gives you:

  • A book of ideas to develop an understanding and use of each linguistic concept in alphabetical order.
  • A CD disc with all same ideas to develop the concepts but organised in the order in which children acquire the vocabulary.
  • A linguistic concept booklet with 16 coloured, laminated pictures to use for informal assessment and teaching.


The CD disc also contains:

  • Concept check lists and assessment forms in alphabetical and developmental order. All these forms can be printed as and when they are needed.
  • Four exercise books. These are called 'Concept Consolidation' books and contain worksheets ideal for reinforcement of the concepts at home.

SLIP with Under 5s

SLIP with Under 5s

£35.00

An exciting resource to promote communication skills of Under 5s.

This NEW resource from Elklan provides an exciting range of activities to embed vocabulary and language learning in the curriculum

Taking the key principles taught in the Elklan course Speech and Language Support for Under 5s this complementary resource provides teachers and assistants with the materials required to practically take these strategies and apply them in their classroom and outside with the whole class or in small groups.  Using these activities will help to develop the communication skills of all children but especially those with speech and language difficulties. 

Includes a CD-ROM of pictures supporting the resource.

Spring Adventure with Boris and Bella - for 4-6 year olds

Spring Adventure with Boris and Bella - for 4-6 year olds

£20.00 plus VAT

Spring Adventure with Boris and Bella - for 4-6 year olds

This CD includes colouring sheets and ideas of how to use the pictures and other resources in your setting.  Each activity focuses on a different aspect of language development as the topic of SPRING is explored.  The resource is carefully designed for 4-6 year olds.

  • Activity 1: Decorate the Easter Egg (understanding left/right, above/below & longer instructions)
  • Activity 2: Guess what? (asking effective questions & giving effective clues)
  • Activity 3: Sounds around-sort the sound (phonological awareness- sound awareness)
  • Activity 4: Tell us a story (sequencing and using first/then, next & last)

The CD is licensed to the purchaser for multiple printing.

These programmes, based on SPRING, can be used as class activities and are ideal to share with parents for further reinforcement at home. The activities aim to promote skills such as attention and listening, developing vocabulary, understanding of spoken language, using expressive language and phonological awareness.

Contents:

  • 1 x CD in lancing pack

Spring Walk with Boris and Bella - for 3-4 year olds

Spring Walk with Boris and Bella - for 3-4 year olds

£20.00 plus VAT

Spring Walk with Boris and Bella - for 3-4 year olds

This CD includes colouring sheets and ideas of how to use the pictures and other resources in your setting. Each activity focuses on a different aspect of language development as the topic of SPRING is explored. The resource is carefully designed for 3-4 year olds

  • Activity 1: Boris and Bella's farm (understanding instructions)
  • Activity 2: Sorting for size (understanding 'er' and 'est'. For example, ‘bigger’ and ‘biggest’)
  • Activity 3: Hide and seek (prepositions)

The CD is licensed to the purchaser for multiple printing.

These programmes, based on SPRING, can be used as class activities and are ideal to share with parents for further reinforcement at home. The activities aim to promote skills such as attention and listening, developing vocabulary, understanding of spoken language, using expressive language and phonological awareness (pre-reading skills).

Contents:

  • 1 x CD in lancing pack

Summer Adventure with Boris and Bella - for 4-6 year olds

Summer Adventure with Boris and Bella - for 4-6 year olds

£20.00 plus VAT

Summer Adventure with Boris and Bella - for 4-6 year olds

This CD includes colouring sheets and ideas of how to use the pictures and other resources in your setting.  Each activity focuses on a different aspect of language development as the topic of SUMMER is explored.  The resource is carefully designed for 4-6 year olds.

  • Activity 1:  The Listening Sandcastle
  • Activity 2:  What's in a story? (story mind mapping- exploring the components and sequence of a story)
  • Activity 3:  Sounds around- sounds and syllables under the sea (syllable jigsaws & sound placement)
  • Activity 4:  Pirate fun (more/most/least, prepositions explored in a board game)

The CD is licensed to the purchaser for multiple printing.

These programmes, based on SUMMER, can be used as class activities and are ideal to share with parents for further reinforcement at home. The activities aim to promote skills such as attention and listening, developing vocabulary, understanding of spoken language, using expressive language and phonological awareness..

Contents:

  • 1 x CD in lancing pack

Summer Walk with Boris and Bella - for 3-4 year olds

Summer Walk with Boris and Bella - for 3-4 year olds

£20.00 plus VAT

Summer Walk with Boris and Bella - for 3-4 year olds

This CD includes colouring sheets and ideas of how to use the pictures and other resources in your setting. Each activity focuses on a different aspect of language development as the topic of SUMMER is explored. The resource is carefully designed for 3-4 year olds

  • Activity 1: The listening sandcastle (attention, listening & auditory memory)
  • Activity 2: All aboard the train (phonological awareness- beginning, middle & end)
  • Activity 3: Sound buckets (phonological awareness- sounds)
  • Activity 4: Busy Bella and the growing garden ( first/then & sequencing skills)

The CD is licensed to the purchaser for multiple printing.

These programmes, based on SUMMER, can be used as class activities and are ideal to share with parents for further reinforcement at home. The activities aim to promote skills such as attention and listening, developing vocabulary, understanding of spoken language, using expressive language and phonological awareness (pre-reading skills).

Contents:

  • 1 x CD in lancing pack

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 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.

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.