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Resources for vulnerable young people

Blank Poster

Blank Poster

£ 3.00

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

The four levels represented clearly and visually.

A3 size to fit any wall.

Interview Skills Training

Interview Skills Training

£ 45.00

This resource has everything you need to run interview skills group therapy sessions for young people.

Interview skills are an important life skill for successful college placements and to enter the world of employment. This resource has everything you need to run interview skills group therapy sessions for young people – a manual including session plans and a CD of resources. Tried and tested on young people with speech, language and communication needs with fantastic results. This resource could also be used with adults who need support in this important life skill.
 
The resource works on both non-verbal skills and answering interview questions. Interview skills link with many areas of the curriculum including Literacy from completing application forms to extracting relevant information from interview letters, and Careers.  
 
The manual includes information on:

  • Evidence based practice
  • Contents of resources
  • Top Tips
  • Session Plans
  • Helping young people to answer questions and produce mind maps
  • Example mind maps
  • Group Interviews
 
The CD of 48 printable resources includes:
  • Job adverts
  • Application forms
  • Prompt cards to choose jobs, and to read for meaning – extracting relevant information from interview letters
  • Prompt cards of non-verbal interview skills
  • Sheets to help young people relate their answer to interview question
  • Examples of young people’s interview packs including mind maps
  • Interviewer questions and evaluation forms
  • Templates for session plans, records and notes
  • Overview of therapy programme     
 
You can alter the printable resources to suit the specific needs of your students.  

Language Builders for Pupils with SLD

Language Builders for Pupils with SLD

£ 22.00

Detailed advice and activities to support children and young people (5-25yrs) with Severe Learning and communication Difficulties

Language Builders for Pupils with SLD (Severe Learning Difficulties) book provides detailed advice and activities to promote the communication skills of children and young people (5-25yrs) who are able to verbally understand and express their basic needs and ideas but who are really struggling to learn and cope in education settings. It has been written to be accessible to parents, learning support assistants and teachers and many speech and language therapists use it in their daily work. It is the core reading material for the accredited course Speech and Language Support for Pupils with SLD.


It addresses many areas including:
  • What is communication?
  • Using positive adult-pupil interaction to promote communication
  • Supporting effective vattention and listening
  • Helping pupils who have learning difficulties to understand spoken language and develop verbal reasoning skills
  • Using Total Communication as a core approach to communication
  • Promoting vocabulary development
  • Develop expressive language and narrative skills
  • Learning how to identify and support pupils’ social communication skills

As with all Elklan materials having purchased the book you are free to photocopy relevant pages so equipping others who work within your school or health provision.

Language Builders for Vulnerable Young People

Language Builders for Vulnerable Young People

£ 22.00

Clear, practical advice and activities to promote the communication skills of young people for whom behaviour is the major concern

Language Builders for Vulnerable Young People has been written to be accessible to speech and language therapists, social workers, teachers, support staff, parents and those working in the youth justice sector.

Forwarded by Juliet Gregory, Specialist SaLT in the field.

Areas covered include:

  • Why is knowledge about speech, language and communication important when working with vulnerable young people?
  • Communication basics – non-verbal communication listening and attention
  • Understanding spoken language
  • Developing verbal reasoning
  • Exploring the use of non-literal and ambiguous language
  • Facilitating vocabulary learning
  • Encouraging expressive language and communication
  • Promoting social skills and emotional literacy

 

As with all Elklan materials having purchased the book you are free to photocopy any relevant pages so equipping others who work within your school or health provision.

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.

Vocabulary Voyage CD

Vocabulary Voyage CD

£ 25.00

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.