Achieving Speech & Language Targets is a practical resource book for Special Needs Coordinators (SENCOs), teachers, teaching assistants and speech & language therapists who are working with children who have significant language delay and who are in their first year at school.
Checklists provide professionals with a shared reference from which both broad special needs areas and specific speech and language targets can be identified.
The authors emphasise the crucial role of play in language development and the book offers more than 200 games and activities to help children achieve their targets for each stage using a simple, structured layout. The book offers: ·
Advice on how to draw up effective Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
Checklists which enable the user to identify a child's problems in the areas of: understanding language; using spoken language; and developing speech sounds.
A wide range of games, songs and rhymes to help children achieve specific targets.
Teaching ideas & targets, key vocabulary lists, and activity areas for each stage.
A resources section containing photocopiable activity sheets; games & rhymes; a booklist; techniques used by speech & language therapists to encourage understanding and use of language; and a dictionary of terms that refer to speech & language.
This is an essential tool for busy teaching staff. Many of the activities can take place in the context of the everyday curriculum and include a range of play opportunities designed to make learning interesting and dynamic. Almost all activities can be carried out using equipment that is readily available in early years' classrooms.
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"This is another very useful title from the same authors that have produced 'Developing Baseline Communication Skills" Speaking Listening & Understanding, and 'Understanding & Using Spoken Language'." - Catherine de la Bedoyere, Consultant Speech & Language Therapist, NAPLIC Newsletter
Catherine Delamain has fortyseven years' experience of working with young children. Her last post before retiring was team leader for education in a large speech and language therapy service. She is currently collaborating in the delivery of a rolling programme of training for first and primary school teachers, designed to help them meet the needs of children with speech and language difficulties in mainstream schools.
Jill Spring is a speech & language therapist specialising in speech and language disorder in children, and the impact of these difficulties on their learning. She qualified in 1972 and has worked in paediatric settings including community clinics, asssessment centres, opportunity playgroups and mainstream schools. She is currently senior clinician in a speech and language unit, and is actively involved in providing training for teachers and learning support assistants, health visitors and those involved in nursery education.