This training will enable practitioners and settings to improve children's speech, language & communication skills, and to support parents to enhance children’s language development at home.
aims:This training will support practitioners to:
recognise and support typical language development (pre-verbal and verbal);
understand why children might have difficulty listening, and know how to help;
support families to enhance children’s language development at home;
understand how singing, play and sharing books relate to language development;
recognise when a child doesn’t understand language;
know when to refer children to a speech and language therapist, and how to support them in the meantime.
why this training is needed
Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) is the most common type of special education identified by primary schools. One in ten children will have long-term SLCN needs. 50% of pre-schoolers will leave requiring additional support with speech, language and communication - more in deprived areas. This Early Communication Matters training was developed and is delivered by experienced speech and language therapists and Peep practitioner-managers, building on our joint work with Oxfordshire NHS Health Trust Speech and Language Therapy in settings over the past three years.
who for: Practitioners who work with babies and young children in schools/settings or with families in the community.