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Training for Schools and Nurseries


Speech & Language Therapy and School Nursing Training Brochure

In some parts of the country, particularly in areas of social disadvantage, at least 50% of children are starting school with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Out of this populatiion 10% of children present with long term or persistent SLCN. This includes:

  • 7% of children with a specific language impairment; speech, language & communication is their main area of difficulty.
  • 3% of children with SLCN as part of another condition for example heagin impairment, general development delay/ learning difficulties, autism etc.
  • Approximately 1% with severe & complex SLCN which will prevent them from expressing even basic needs.

(The Communication Trust: Don't Get Me Wrong 2011)

To support teachers, SENCOs teaching assistants and other adults working with children with SLCN, we offer the following training sessions:

ELKLAN: Speech & Language Support for Under 5s - A course for professionals working with children aged 2-5 years. It provides information and strategies to develop the communication skills of all young children but especially those with speech, language & communication needs. The course is designed to run over 10 sessions.

ELKLAN: Speech & Language Support for 5 -11s - A course for professionals working with children ages 5-11 years. It provides information and strategies to develop the communication skills of all children but especially those children with speech, language & communication needs. The course is designed to run over 10 sessions.

Makaton Taster Sessions - Makaton is a signing system designed to support communication development in a range of people with speech, language & communication needs. This is a free 1 ½ hours course designed for those interested in finding out more about Makaton and those supporting children for whom Makaton has been recommended.

Makaton Foundation Course - Makaton is a signing system designed to support communication development in a range of people with speech, language & communication needs. This is a 2 day workshop for people who require more in depth Makaton training.

Other individualised training for schools is available on request - please contact Tracy Biddle (Clinical Lead) on 030 3330 9820 (Option 1) to discuss your training requirements. Download our current brochure which details information about Speech & Language Therapy and School Nursing courses you may be interested in, which can be found here.