Training for teachers
SLT for Kids provide a range of detailed training for teachers, teaching assistants, SENCO’s and other professionals. At SLT for Kids we believe that preventing difficulties from occurring is better than curing difficulties. Our speech and language therapy staff training provides in depth theory for a range of common speech, language and communication difficulties, as well as practical advice that can be used within school for a variety of activities.
Benefits of speech and language therapy staff training
SLT for Kids provide outstanding training to schools across the country. All schools that use our service find the experience to be both engaging and beneficial.
SLT for Kids staff training provides the following benefits:
- Objectives that are tailored to your needs.
- Certificate for completing training.
- A learning pack with presentation to take away.
- Practical activities related to the training session.
- Important theory and practical advice to improve children’s development.
- A whole classroom approach.
- Advice and recommendations on whole class activities or warm up activities to improve key speech, language and communication skills.
- Flexible rates.
Bespoke service tailored to the school's needs.
At SLT for Kids we can provide training across different areas of speech, language and communication that are important to children’s development. Our service allows you to choose the topics and length of the training to suit the needs of your school. To reinforce staff learning we provide in depth presentations and engaging but related activities.<
Training topics and learning objectives
SLT for Kids provide a range of training to schools. With all of our training, we have specified learning objectives that are tailored to improve performance of all involved. The following information gives you’re a breakdown of some of the training we offer and what’s involved:
Identifying speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
- To be able to identify children with speech, language or communication needs.
- To be able to support a child with speech language and communication needs in a range of school environments.
Blank level questioning
- To understand the language for learning model.
- To be able to identify the level of 80% of sentences that have been written down.
- To know how to keep the language demands of an activity appropriate for individual children.
- To be able to recognise if a child’s understanding of spoken language is at an appropriate level.
- To be able to modify language where necessary.
- To be able to identify when a child is unable to identify the differences between sounds.
- To understand how phonology develops in children.
- Implement strategies in the classroom on how to improve a child’s speech sounds.
- To be aware of relevant terminology.
- To understand how words are stored in the brain.
- To understand what word finding difficulties are and how to help.
- To be aware of the effect of word finding difficulties in accessing the curriculum.
- To know the difference between expressive and receptive language difficulties.
- To learn how games can improve a child’s language difficulties.
- To implement language games into the classroom.
- To understand what a narrative is and why narrative is needed.
- To be aware of typical narrative development.
- To understand the principles of narratives.
- To be recognise of the features of narrative therapy.
- To be aware of a range of narrative resources.
- To be aware of research supporting narrative therapy.
- To be able to recognise what visual supports are and why we use them.
- To understand how visual supports can help.
- To be able to identify and understand the use of a range of visual supports.
- To understand the importance of using visuals to give children choices.
- To gain knowledge and guidance on how to create visual supports.
Social communication and autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- To understand the development of typical social communication.
- To be aware of the range of factors that have an impact on social communication difficulties.
- To gain strategies and activities to develop social communication skills (e.g. social communication groups, visual supports).
- To understand the advantages and difficulties of running social communication groups.
- To be able to identify how social communication difficulties impact in the classroom, playground and home.
- To gain knowledge about social narratives.
- To understand the benefits of social narratives.
- To be able to identify who could benefit from social narratives.
- To understand the reasons why a child may need social narratives.
- Guidance on how to write a social narrative.
Colourful semantics framework
- To gain knowledge of the theory behind the development of the colourful semantics framework.
- To understand and use the framework in sentence building activities.
- To extend its use into everyday class activities.
Worried about your child's development?
Our speech and language therapists are qualified to deliver accredited courses that target different areas of speech, language and communication development.
What is included in our speech and language therapy staff training?
All of our staff training consists of the following features:
Certificate of completion and learning pack
Each staff member who attends the training will receive a learning pack containing important information of the session and a certificate upon completing the training.
Hands on activities
Staff will be encouraged to take part in activities in order to develop their understanding of both what it is like to experience these difficulties in school and how speech and language therapy can help develop their skills in school further
We encourage all staff to ask questions throughout the training session as well as allowing a dedicated period where the speech and language therapist will answer any questions staff may have. Our speech and language therapist will try to keep all terminology non-clinical to aid understanding and make the training accessible to all.
How long is SLT for Kids speech and language therapy staff training?
SLT for Kids tailor therapy according to the needs and objectives of the school therefore training can vary in time between a minimum of an hour or a whole day of speech and language therapy training.