How to enhance my learning environment to support the speech, language and communication of children and young people with more specialist needs

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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 that can used with young people who find it difficult to listen, process and remember. 

Cost: Free

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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

Effective Surroundings
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Environment

AAC information

A range of information to support use of argumentative and alternative communication approaches.  This include the “Focus On…” series of eight leaflets cover topics related to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). They are available in print copy and as downloadable PDF files.

AAC information
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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 young people.  These symbols and signs, which can also be shared with families and carers, 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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Family SupportEnvironment

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 young people.

Cost: £

Signs and Symbols
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Family SupportEnvironmentWorkforce
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