Speech and Language Therapy Websites and Resources
New Guidelines: Supporting speech, language and communication in the early years.
These guidelines for 'supporting speech, language and communication in the early years' are a revised and updated version of those previously entitled 'Speech and Language Friendly Early Years Settings'.
They retain much of the original content, but now include the new 'Early Language Pathway' and associated documents to guide practitioners in their decision making regarding children's speech, language and communication development. These guidelines are also now accessed online and downloaded rather than distributed as a printed copy for ease of access, economy, and updating purposes.
The document is available to download as a whole or in separate sections:
Supporting Speech, Language and Communication in the Early Years (whole document)
Section 1: Front cover, introduction and basics of speech, language and communication
Section 2: The Early Language Pathway - Child Monitoring Form, BRISC and ARMMS
Section 3: Intervention and Support - including strategies
Section 4: Key Topics - stammering, bilingualism, working with parents, using sign/gesture
Section 5: Useful information - training, websites, leaflets, books
Section 6: IPPs - sample goals and blank form
These resources have been produced for the Year of Communication (2011) and are branded as the Hello! Campaign. Practitioners looking for resources to support training will find relevant materials coded by the initials of the course:
LRE Language Rich Environments
BRISC Speech and Language Development using the Bristol Surveillance of Children’s Communication
P and L Play and Language
Listen Up (BRISC) – A downloadable resource to encourage listening, understanding, interaction and play in pre-school children. It includes a card game with fun activities and advice on how parents and early years workers can use the resource
Universally Speaking (BRISC) - This booklet gives advice and guidance on how to encourage communication in children aged birth to five, explains what children will likely be doing at a given age and gives top tips for what you can do as a practitioner and in a setting
Raa Raa The Noisy Lion Nursery Pack (LRE) – Raa Raa is a new CBeebies television programme designed for two to four year olds every weekday at 3.30pm and on CBeebies iPlayer. It has been developed with Speech and Language Therapists and explores children's communication skills through the use of Raa Raa's four Rs - repetition, rhyme, rhythm and retelling. This link is to download a nursery pack of ideas and resources to support the programmes. It also includes tips for parents about watching TV with children
Top Tips Leaflet (BRISC / P and L) – A downloadable poster of simple things people can do to encourage children's communication
Misunderstood (BRISC) – A booklet about speech, language and communication needs in children and young people. It is full of useful information and advice which you can use in your setting
Don't Get Me Wrong (BRISC) – A booklet about speech, language and communication needs in children and young people. It is full of useful information and advice which you can use in your setting.
Small Talk (BRISC) - This booklet provides information about what helps children aged 0-5 learn to talk and listen, whether they are on the right track and what to do if the parents have concerns about their child.
Talk and Go (LRE) - A downloadable pack with games and activities that support families to encourage children's communication skills when they are out and about. It includes fun and 'easy to do' activities for trips to the zoo, park and museum, as well as games and challenges to keep kids entertained on car journeys and at home.
Chatter cards give ideas for simple talking games and activities and have been developed in Swindon as part of the 2011 ‘Hello’ Year of Communication. They encourage adults and young children to engage in talk when they are on the move such as on a train journey, in the supermarket, waiting for a bus or just playing in the park. Some of the ideas on the chatter cards may be familiar to many people, but they are reminders of how easy it is to find everyday opportunities to engage children in conversation. Talking with children needn’t be thought of as an extra ‘chore’ for already busy parents and carers but something that happens all the time during everyday events.