This unique collection of 180 enjoyable group activities aims to foster both the skills underlying communication, such as body language and awareness of others, and aspects of spoken language itself.
The activities fall broadly within the Entry Levels 1-3 of the Skills for Life Core Curriculum, but can be used as a completely independent programme. The book addresses the needs of students with very varied skill levels, and includes some activities which can be used with non-verbal students.
Language for Living has the following advantages:
No formal assessment necessary
Equipment not required or kept to a minimum
Activities can be freely adapted to suit students’ lifestyles and experience
Activities simple to organise, and easy to fit in to the daily programme of college, day or residential settings.
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Catherine Delamain is a paediatric speech and language therapist. She started her speech therapy career in an audiology unit, working with deaf and partially hearing babies and young children. She gained a Nuffield scholarship, and spent a year in the United States studying differential diagnosis of language disorder. She has worked closely with colleagues in early years education, in playgroups, nursery schools, mainstream and special schools, and was instrumental in the setting up of dedicated speech and language bases in mainstream schools in Dorset, and a special needs playgroup. Her last post was team leader for education in Dorset's large speech and language therapy service, where she also formed part of the autism assessment team. Since partial retirement, she has collaborated in setting up a training programme for teachers. This aims at helping first and primary school teachers to give effective support to children with speech, language and communication needs. She continues to run seminars for teachers in partnership with a senior educational psychologist. Jill Spring is a speech and language therapist specialising in Specific Language Impairment in children. she has worked across the range of paediatric settings including community clinics, assessment centres, opportunity playgroups and mainstream schools. She is currently the lead clinician and Base Leader in a resourced speech and language provision in a mainstream school. Her role as Base Leader requires up to date working knowledge of the National Curriculum and pupil assessment and tracking systems. She works in close collaboration with teachers and the local authority to ensure pupils with speech, language and communication needs are indentified early and appropriately supported. In addition she is part of a multidisciplinary team for diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions in children and young people. She is part of a multi-agency working party investigating the links between behaviour problems and speech, language and communication difficulty in young children.