Children's Speech & Language Therapy in Buckinghamshire

Training

We currently provide training to a wide variety of service users including schools staff, parents, staff within children’s nurseries and Early Years settings.

Training areas range from ways to adapt learning environments to support children with Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties to specific skills such as Makaton signing, using ‘shape coding’ and ‘social stories’.

Makaton

We run regular MAKATON WORKSHOPS 2018 led by trained Makaton Tutors at locations throughout the county. These workshops are open to parents, school and early years setting staff and to other professionals.

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Early Years Training

From September 2016 Bucks SLT and Bucks Learning Trust (BLT) are launching a new integrated training model for Early Years practitioners. There are three levels within the model:

  • Universal: for practitioners who have not attended speech and language therapy courses before, or who need a refresher
  • Enhanced: for senior practitioners and SENCOs who have responsibility for children who need additional support for speech and/or language and who have already attended an introductory course
  • Specialist: for senior practitioners/SENCOs working with children with specific speech and/or language needs and who have already attended an introductory course.

Universal Courses

Suitable for: Early Years Practitioners and Childminders who have not attended other SLT courses.

Talk to your Babies !- Supporting Speech and Language Development 0f 0-2 in your Setting

Do you know how to help children communicate when they are under two years old? How does their language develop? What can you do support their language learning in a playful way? This introductory course aims to give you a better understanding of the early stages of language development and to explore ways you can help develop communication. The course is delivered by a qualified speech and language therapist who will provide information about typical patterns of early language development and listening/attention skills. Participants will be provided with practical ideas about how to support children in these vital areas of development

 

All about Speech and Language Development (2 – 5 years)

Do you know how children’s speech and language develops? How to help their language learning in a playful way? What modelling is? What can go wrong with typical speech and language development?  How to use resources in your setting to maximize communication skills? This universal course aims to give you a better understanding of preschool speech and language. The three-module course includes information about typical patterns of development for speech (pronunciation), language, and listening/attention skills. Participants will be provided with practical ideas about how to support children in these vital areas of development (EYFS: Communication and Language). Each delegate will receive a book that they can use in their setting. Attendance of all modules is required.

 

Teaching and Modelling Speech Sounds to Young Children

Do you know what ‘pure phonics’ is? Do you know the correct way to model and teach speech sounds to preschool children? This course has a strong practical element and aims to teach (or revise) the pronunciation of speech sounds using pure phonics. It will also introduce participants to cued articulation, a system of finger signs used to support phonics and pronunciation. Participants will be encouraged to try out the signs and sounds for themselves.

For dates and booking go to Early Years Training (Buckinghamshire County Council)

Enhanced Courses

Identifying Speech and Language needs and developing targets

Are you able to identify children whose language is delayed or disordered? Do you know if their speech (pronunciation) is typical for a child of their age? Do you know how to write targets for them if they are not attaining appropriate levels in speech and language?  This intermediate-level course will help you to spot children who need help and develop ways to support them in cooperation with speech and language therapists. The course includes case histories of typical children who need support with their speech and language skills. The course will give you ideas about how to identify and help these children, including developing appropriate targets to incorporate into SEN support plans. It will also help you understand when to refer and how to access the SLT service

Note: this course was previously part of ‘Working with SLTs and OTs’

 

Language Champions: Enhancing Communication in your Setting

How can you ensure that all adults in your setting support children’s language and communication effectively? This  2 module programme delivered by a qualified Speech and Language therapist who will help you to develop exciting ways and opportunities to share with fellow colleagues. Using video clips and resources we will demonstrate ways to evaluate practice and implement a whole setting approach to communication. You will be given a simple set of techniques (from ICAN) to develop staff skills. Each delegate will receive ICAN resources which provide an exciting range of activities.

For dates and booking go to Early Years Training (Buckinghamshire County Council)

Specialist Courses

Introduction to Makaton

 

Makaton Foundation

 

Supporting children who stammer or with selective mutism

Do you have children in your setting who are selectively mute or who stammer? Do you know the best way to help them to communicate with more confidence? This course provides information about stammering and selective mutism and gives clear guidance about how to manage these difficulties in your setting. This course is delivered by a qualified speech and language therapist who will provide information about selective mutism and stammering and how to identify children who would benefit from intervention. Although these children are likely to need support from speech and language therapy, early years practitioners play a crucial role in helping them to thrive in their settings. The course will provide hints and tips about the best way to help.

For dates and booking go to Early Years Training (Buckinghamshire County Council)

 

Primary School Training

We offer a range of training courses for Primary school staff. This is in addition to any training your link therapist may be delivering in your school.Please discuss with your link therapist if you are interested in any of the training sessions.

Bookings can be made by emailing the course title you wish to attend, along with staff name, contact number and email to Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

If you would be interested in hosting training in your school  please contact us at Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

Talkboost

Talk Boost Key Stage 2

Talk Boost KS2 is a targeted intervention for children in Years 3, 4 and 5 (7-10 year olds) who have delayed language development, aiming to boost their language skills to help them to catch up with their peers. It consists of small group sessions, three times a week over a period of 8 weeks run by trained teaching assistants.

Talk Boost KS2 was trialled in a carefully designed study with active and comparison groups. The evaluation showed that after eight weeks of running the intervention children made significant progress in language and communication, with 67% catching up with their peers in understanding language. Learning in the classroom was easier; children joined in more, took part in discussions more and listened more carefully. Questionnaires used with parents showed that 85% saw that their children’s language skills had improved.

The cost of the resources to run this intervention is £480, the training to run the intervention is presently free of charge.

Email : marie.randall1@nhs.net to find out more and book a place on our next course Thursday 12th July,

Times & Location:   09.15 – 15.00 Thursday 12 July in the Wycombe area

Talk Boost Key Stage 1

Suitable for: KS1 – SENCOs, Teachers and LSAs

Focus: An I-CAN intervention programme which supports children aged 4- 7 years with below average language to narrow the gap between them and their peers. This evidence based programme shows that an average of 18 months progress can be made when following the 10 week intervention. (Compared to the 6 months progress of the control group.)

  • Addresses all elements of language appropriate to this age group
  • Provides a programme that is simple to understand and use.
  • Supports teachers to identify children with language delays, and children who may have more significant needs requiring more specialist support.
  • Supports teachers to embed speaking and listening into whole class activities as required by Ofsted
  • Provides a Speech, Language and Communication (SLC) Tool to identify the right children and track progress.

 Times & Location:

tbc

Cost:  Please call for prices

 Please note:  in order to continue supporting schools who have already done the TalkBoost training we are offering training for additional teachers and LSA’s without the need to purchase another I-CAN manual.  COST: £75 per teacher/LSA pair (if schools want their SENCo to come along IN ADDITION to the Teacher and LSA pair this would cost an extra £30)

To book on this course: 01296 566045 or by emailing the course title, staff names and contact number to Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

 

Introduction to Speech, Language and Communication difficulties in school aged children

Suitable for: Newly qualified teachers; Staff new to supporting language difficulties.

Focus: Wave 1 and Wave 2

  • What is speech, receptive language, expressive language and communication?
  • What does normal, delayed and disordered language development look like?
  • Strategies to help all children and targeted children.
  • What are the implications for the classroom?

 Times & Location: 09.15-12.00 Thursday 14th June at Danesfield School SL7 2EW

Cost: The course must be booked in advance. No fee is required, but settings who let us know promptly about cancellations will be prioritised for future courses.

To book on this course: 01865 901442 or by emailing the course title, staff names and contact number to Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

Communication friendly classrooms: practical approaches for the classroom environment

Suitable for: Teachers, SENCos,  LSA. Focus: Wave 1 and 2

Focus: Wave 1 and 2

  • What does normal, delayed and disordered language development look like?
  • How do difficulties surface as in the classroom?
  • Practical tips to use for all children and targeted children.
  • Communicative friendly classrooms.

 Times & Location: 09.15-12.00 Thursday 7th June at Elmtree School, HP5 2PA

Cost: The course must be booked in advance. No fee is required, but settings who let us know promptly about cancellations will be prioritised for future courses.

To book on this course: 01296 566045 or by emailing the course title, staff names and contact number to Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

Words, Words, Words : Teaching vocabulary to children

Suitable for: Suitable for: Teachers, SENCos,  LSA. Focus: Wave 1 and 2

Focus: Wave 1 and 2

  • To understand the process of word learning in children
  • To understand word learning difficulties in children.
  • To develop skills in being able to select and teach vocabulary.
  • To be able to use words maps to support word learning: whole class and small group approaches.

 Times & Location: tbc

Cost: The course must be booked in advance. No fee is required, but settings who let us know promptly about cancellations will be prioritised for future courses.

To book on this course: 01296 566045 or by emailing the course title, staff names and contact number to Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

Developmental Language disorder: the hidden disability

Suitable for: Teachers, SENCos, LSA. (Participants need to have wave 1 and wave 2 understanding of language and communication difficulties.)

Focus: Wave 3

  • To explore how language disorder differs from language delay
  • To explore the framework of the communication chain for expressive and receptive language disorder.
  • To isolate 9 red flags to alert to language disorder.
  • To identify strategies to use when working with children with language disorder.

This course is for supporting children who have language disorder as a primary need, not for children who have language disorder as part of another diagnosis, such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome. If in doubt, chat to your link therapist

 Times & Location: tbc

Cost: The course must be booked in advance. No fee is required, but settings who let us know promptly about cancellations will be prioritised for future courses.

To book on this course: 01296 566045 or by emailing the course title, staff names and contact number to Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

After School Workshops

Suitable for: all teaching staff

Focus: 

In addition to the core courses offered, we would like to come and support you in running specific interventions in your school, through after school workshops. Specific interventions could include a workshop on Lego therapy (an intervention to support social communication); shaping children’s language (an intervention to develop language structure using visual support); comic strip conversations (an intervention to support understanding other perspectives in conversations); speech sound development; levels of questioning to support access to the curriculum.

To run an after school workshop we would need from you:

  • A hosting school, with places for up to 20/25 delegates
  • Ability to offer a percentage of spaces to surrounding schools
  • Commitment to carrying out interventions
  • Commitment to evaluating the impact of the training in interventions carried out
  • Refreshments and access to PowerPoint

These workshops will have to be held on a Thursday after school.

Email if you are able to be a hosting school with contact details and the workshop, which would be of priority to your school. Email using subject ‘workshops’ to Cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

 

 

 

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Secondary School Training

Supporting students with speech, language and communication difficulties? We are now offering in-school training in a number of areas to equip learning support staff to help students in class and provide follow-up to SALT sessions. We have found that students receiving speech and language therapy make most progress when their key worker attends SALT sessions and they have opportunities to practice the new skills and strategies and generalise these to the classroom and social situations. We recognise that this can be tricky to organise in a busy secondary timetable but guarantee the results are worth it! The training is provided out of the hours assigned to students. Please discuss what would be most useful with your link therapist. Bespoke packages can also be delivered so if you are need of training in a particular area please talk to your link therapist or e-mail  Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

If you would be interested in hosting training in your school  please contact us at Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

Supporting Students with SLCN in KS3 & 4

Suitable for: Staff new to supporting students with SLCN and those wanting to refresh their skills

Focus: an introduction to working with students with SLCN

  • What is SLCN?
  • What difficulties do these students have?
  • General strategies for support students with SLCN
  • Techniques for supporting students in the classroom

Times & Location:     

tbc

Cost: The course must be booked in advance. No fee is required, but settings who let us know promptly about cancellations will be prioritised for future courses.

To book on this course: 01296 566045 or by emailing the course title, staff names and contact number to Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

Supporting Students with SLCN to Understand Language

Focus: Developing understanding of language

  • Understand why students struggle to understand language
  • Top Tips for improving understanding in the classroom
  • Strategies
  • Following up SALT sessions

Times & Location:      

09.30 – 11.30 Monday 2nd July at Princes Risborough Upper School, HP27 0DR

09.30 – 11.30 Wednesday 4th July Rayners Hedge, Aylesbury, HP21 7RD

09.30-11.30 Wednesday 18th July Burnham Park Academy E-ACT, SL1 7LZ

Cost: The course must be booked in advance. No fee is required, but settings who let us know promptly about cancellations will be prioritised for future courses. Initially, we will be restricting schools to 2 delegates each.

To book on this course: 01865 901442 or by emailing the course title, staff names and contact number to Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

Higher Level Language Skills for Students with SLCN

FocusDeveloping higher level language skills

This course focuses on the language skills students need to achieve the higher grades at GCSE. It is particularly aimed at staff working in grammar schools or KS4. Areas covered include:

  • Inference
  • Extending written answers
  • Linking new information to existing knowledge.

Times & Location:      

09.30-11.30 Friday 29th June at Beaconsfield High School, HP9 1RR

12.30-14.30 Friday 13th July at Rayners Hedge, Aylesbury, HP21 7RD

Cost: The course must be booked in advance. No fee is required, but settings who let us know promptly about cancellations will be prioritised for future courses. Initially, we will be restricting schools to 2 delegates each.

To book on this course: 01296 566045 or by emailing the course title, staff names and contact number to Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

Helping Students with SLCN to develop Expressive Language skills

FocusDeveloping expressive level language skills

This course focuses on developing expressive language skills. Areas covered include:

  • Using longer, more complex sentences
  • Narrative skills
  • Using subject specific vocabulary
  • Strategies to help students express themselves in writing

Times & Location:      

09.30-11.30 Friday 6th July at Bourne End Academy, SL8 5BW

09.30-11.30 Monday 16th July at Chiltern Hills Academy HP5 2RG

13.00-15.00 Friday 13th July at Rayners Hedge, Aylesbury, HP21 7RD

Cost: The course must be booked in advance. No fee is required, but settings who let us know promptly about cancellations will be prioritised for future courses. Initially, we will be restricting schools to 2 delegates each.

To book on this course: 01296 566045 or by emailing the course title, staff names and contact number to Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

Supporting Students with SLCN to develop Social Communication Skills

Suitable for: Staff new to supporting social communication difficulties and those wanting to refresh their skills

Focus: Developing social communication

·         Strategies for supporting students with social communication difficulties

·         Running a social skills group

·         Following up SALT sessions

Times & Location: 
13.00-15.00 Thursday 28th June at Bourne End Academy , SL8 5BW   

12.30-14.30 Monday 2nd July at Princes Risborough Upper, HP27 0DR

09.30-11.30 Wednesday 11th July at Rayners Hedge, Aylesbury, HP21 7RD

12.30-14.30 Wednesday 18th July at Burnham Park Academy E-ACT, SL1 7LZ

Cost: The course must be booked in advance. No fee is required, but settings who let us know promptly about cancellations will be prioritised for future courses. Initially, we will be restricting schools to 2 delegates each.

To book on this course: 01296 566045 or by emailing the course title, staff names and contact number to Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

SENCO Twilight Sessions

Our SENCO twilight sessions are an opportunity to explore speech, language and communication topics of interest, share experiences, present new ideas and update on service developments.

Key LSAs responsible for Speech, language and communication within the school are also welcome to attend.

 

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Focus: Top resources for supporting students with SLCN in Secondary Schools presented by Lynne Graham, Speech and Language Therapist

Times and Location: Future dates and venues to be announced

To enquire about our Twilight sessions please e-mail Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net with your name, your school and a contact number.

If your school would be interested in hosting a twilight session or any of our future training please contact Buc-tr.cyptherapytraining@nhs.net

 

 

External resources

Talking Point progress checker

Talking Point progress checker

Talking Point progress checker - Click here to go to Talking Point's Progress Checker, where you can check the progress of your child's language development by answering questions about their communication skills.

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Bucks Family Information Service

Bucks Family Information Service

The Buckinghamshire Family Information Service website contains information about services and activities for children and their families in Buckinghamshire.

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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Buckinghamshire Healthcare Children and Young People’s Services

Click here for information about Buckinghamshire Healthcare's health visiting, school nursing, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy services.

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Last updated: 17 October, 2018