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How Speech, Language and Communication difficulties ‘Made a Murderer’

A lot of us were heartbroken by the plight of Brendan Dassey on Netflix’s documentary series ‘Making a Murderer’. Watching season 2 of the Netflix documentary this week inspired this blog, illustrating how speech, language and communication difficulties are directly linked to Brendan being imprisoned.

A Guide to Vocabulary Teaching: Part 1

In this series of blogs we will aim to answer these questions to help you plan your vocabulary teaching. We will look at a 4 step STAR approach put forward by Blachowicz and Fisher in 2010 and utilised in the incredibly helpful book ‘Word Aware’ by Stephen Parsons and Anna Branagan.

6 easy ways to make your classroom communication friendly.

It’s that time of year when everyone is busy prepping their classroom, ready for the new term. And why not? The environments we live and work in can have a huge impact on our engagement and wellbeing. Read on for 6 tips to make your space communication friendly.

Do you have a child with Auditory Processing Disorder in your class?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a diagnosis that has gained a large amount of interest over the last 5 years. In this blog we will discuss demystify APD, help you spot a child in your class that may be at risk and give you some ideas and strategies to help you support children with APD.

The Rose Amongst Thorns: How to Help the Child in your Class with Social Difficulties

Social communication is a broad subject, covering everything from avoiding eye contact, interrupting in the conversation or asking a stranger for help. Anyone can have difficulties with social skills, but generally, it is seen in children and adults with ASD, ADHD and mental health issues. So, how can we help?
Oracy in Science

Incorporating Oracy in Key Stage 2 Science.

Teaching a KS2 class with significant differentiation between higher and lower attaining Pupils can be challenging at times. In this blog, we are going to talk about how to engage pupils in dialogic teaching in Key Stage 2 Science.

Everything you Need to Know about Oracy and Dialogic Teaching

In this blog series, we will give you everything you need to know about Oracy and Dialogic teaching. Looking at the definition of dialogic teaching as introduced by Professor Alexander, we will discuss practical tips and ideas for children in KS2 to integrate dialogic teaching into core subjects.

Supporting Pupils with Poor Pronunciation in the Early Years

In the Early years it’s common for pupils to experience problems with pronunciation which affects their speech intelligibility. It’s hard knowing when speech sounds are normal or if there is some reason for concern. In this blog, we will cover the steps to take if you are concerned about a pupil’s speech pronunciation.

Speech and Language Strategies to Develop Oracy at Key Stage 2

Oracy is an important part of teaching and we want children to express themselves confidently and coherently. There are children that struggle to communicate, impacting how they demonstrate oracy skills. Read on to learn where pupils may have difficulty with communication and how we can help.
Teacher and Speech Therapist

How do you Measure the Impact of Speech and Language therapy?

With school budget cuts, it’s more important than ever to know that the impact of Speech and Language interventions are having a measurable effect on a pupil’s well-being, access to the curriculum and most importantly their functional communication.

Supporting Communication in Children with Behavioural Difficulties

Actions deemed ‘behavioural’ occur as a direct result of something else, and it is our responsibility to figure out what that is and how we can support struggling pupils. Do we want to punish or rehabilitate? More often than not children who have behavioural difficulties have communication problems, impacting their understanding of language, spoken language and social skills.

Why Everyone is Talking about Telepractice - Speech and Language Therapy Online.

It’s not just in teaching that innovations are happening but in those services that support teachers to meet the needs of all their pupils. Services like speech and language therapy, literacy interventions, mathematics, art and design. Indeed, when it comes to Special Educational Needs interventions there is one trend emerging, namely ‘Telepractice’.