Supporting Speech and Language in the Early Years - practical strategies for Practitioners Upcoming Course: Thursday 23rd June 2022, 9.30pm - 12.30pm - Acorn Training Centre, Westcroft, Milton Keynes, MK4 4DE To book a course, please find the date you desire on our booking page and select 'book now' Course overview: Early years practitioners often wonder: when should we see a delay or challenge in speech and language skills as needing our support? When should we suggest that a child is referred for Speech Therapy? What do we do in the meantime to help a child when waiting for professional support can take months? This is a practical course intended to help Early Years practitioners to build their confidence through observation and play in: - knowing the breadth of developmental areas to consider in a child’s speech, language and communication skills - identifying where their children’s skills are currently secure - identifying and supporting next steps through practical play activities - supporting parents who are concerned and would like to support their children’s speech and language development at home - having a practical plan to hand to develop children’s speech, language and communication skills in a range of areas and in a way that ensures progress - identifying children who may have a higher need for support, or who may be showing early signs of an underlying SEND need, and making quality referrals for additional support. This course is intended for practitioners to have secure understanding of typical development, and so to be able to identify where a child’s development is not progressing as expected and provide needed additional support. Course aims: Carry out a play assessment to know your child’s stage of receptive language and identify their next steps, plus plan how to play with them to help them progress Explain what oral motor skills are, their purpose in speech clarity and speech sounds, how to observe your child to learn about their oral motor skills and how to play with them to help these to develop Observe a child’s current stage of imitation skills and carry out play activities to help preverbal children build up their sounds to saying single words Use a repertoire of play environments and activities that support children’s early listening, sound discrimination and attention skills Observe and identify key social communication skills typical in young children’s development, and recognise when a child may be in need of more support or where there may be early warning signs of Autism. Implement practical strategies to help a child to build up their vocabulary Use strategies to support children who are multi-lingual in building up language confidence across all of their spoken languages Know how to support a child who is anxious about or choosing not to speak (sometimes known as selective mutism) Describe the close relationship between early language, listening skills and physical development skills, and later success in school with spelling, reading and maths. Support parents with some of the most often raised concerns regarding their child’s speech and language, and confidently offer them some strategies to support their child at home. Use your observations across a breadth of speech, language and communication skills to monitor progress and be able to make quality referrals for additional support for your child as needed.