How to provide extra support to make my setting or school a place that helps understanding, talking and communication

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The resources here will help you reach the outcome: "I know how to create a learning environment that provides extra support for teenagers who are at risk of speech, language and communication needs."

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Balanced System for Schools and Settings

The Balanced System Scheme for Schools and Settings is a whole system approach to improving outcomes for children across the range of speech, language and communication needs for any setting that supports children. The framework enables a setting to understand existing need and provision for speech, language and communication and develop provision to address the gaps. The framework supports a setting to demonstrate impact of the support for speech, language and communication.

Cost: £

Balanced System for Schools and Settings
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Family SupportEnvironmentWorkforceIdentificationIntervention

Parent information, advice and resources - Worcestershire

The Worcestershire Speech and Language Therapy service website provides a comprehensive range of resources, advice and You Tube videos to help parents to support their child / young person at home. 

Visit the website to find:

  • Information about speech, language and communication
  • Free resources you can download and use at home
  • Links to our You Tube channel where you will find demonstrations of activities you can do at home
  • Further information about the local team, where we work and what services we provide 

Cost: Free

Parent information, advice and resources - Worcestershire
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Family SupportEnvironmentIdentificationIntervention

Learning About New Words

This video focuses on learning new words and strategies to support young people in developing their vocabulary.

Cost: Free

Learning About New Words
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Family SupportEnvironmentIdentificationIntervention

Supporting Understanding

This video features six top tips to help a young person better understand what is being said to them.

It is part of a series that has been made to help parents and carers support young people (aged 11-18) with communication difficulties. 

Cost: Free

Supporting Understanding
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Family SupportEnvironmentIdentificationIntervention

Course Beetle SLCN training

Course Beetle is a provider of workforce training within Education, Health and Social Care and specialise in training which supports practitioners to deliver evidence-based approaches and interventions for anyone with speech, language and communication needs or learning disabilities. Course Beetle Trainers are experienced and knowledgeable and are fully licensed to deliver the courses they offer.  Training includes a wide range of CPD masterclasses and courses that be accessed by individuals or organisations. Training in Hanen, Talking Mats and Makaton can be found here.

Cost: £

Course Beetle SLCN training
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Worcestershire Workforce Audit

Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) Self-Evaluation Audit for practitioners in settings and schools.

Cost: Free

Worcestershire Workforce Audit
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Afasic Parent Helpline

If a parent is worried about their child / young person's speech, language and communication, share this Afasic helpline information so that they can speak to someone who can help by telephone or email.

Cost: Free

Afasic Parent Helpline
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Family SupportEnvironmentIdentificationIntervention

BCTC Toolkit - Visual Support

Blackpool Classrooms That Communicate is a curated collection of resources and advice that puts speech, language & communication at the heart of helping staff to help the children and young people they work with.  This includes a wide range of resources and information on the use of visuals to help support the understanding of written and spoken language. These can used with all children including those who find it difficult to listen, process and remember. 

Cost: Free

BCTC Toolkit - Visual Support
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BCTC Toolkit - Effective Surroundings

Blackpool Classrooms That Communicate is a curated collection of resources and advice that puts speech, language & communication at the heart of helping staff to help the children and young people they work with.  This includes a wide range of information on how to creative effective surroundings for learning.  

Cost: Free

BCTC Toolkit - Effective Surroundings
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Makaton sign and symbol resources

These free Makaton resources are available for you to access and use to support communication with children and young people.  These symbols and signs, which can also be shared with families, help you to provide extra information and clues about what you are saying as well as support the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening and understanding. 

Cost: Free

Makaton sign and symbol resources
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Signs and Symbols

Widgit provides symbols that can be used to support communication making information, documents and resources to be more accessible and inclusive.  The symbols can be used for a variety of purposes such as creating communication books to share information; visual timetables to support understanding of structure and routine; task boards to support independent learning; pictures to develop vocabulary and to support children learning English as an additional language.

This website has information to support your understanding of how to use symbols including training resources, events and links to a network of organisations around the UK who offer advice and support.

There is also information for parents and carers to help them understand how they can use symbols to support their child or young person at home.

Cost: £9/month upwards

Signs and Symbols
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Family SupportEnvironmentWorkforceIntervention

Speech Link Parent Portal

The Speech Link Parent Portal offers advice, information and activities for you to share with families so that they know how to develop their children’s understanding, talking and listening.  It includes information about speech, language and communication, how these skills develop, activities and top tips videos.

Cost: Free

Speech Link Parent Portal
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