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Training for your staff can operate at many levels depending on their role, their interests and the needs of your school. ChildSpeech has experience at delivering and evaluating training with primary schools [1] and can discuss a training package, which makes use of ChildSpeech and other nationally available resources, to suit your requirements. These range from one-to-one coaching with teachers or teaching assistants as part of delivery of speech and language therapy up to specialist programmes leading to an academic award.

Teachers and assistants are skilled and experienced at teaching their children but may be less aware of how they can use their own language and communication skills to promote effective language for learning in their pupils. Specific strategies that can be used in every interaction within school can make a big difference to children’s progress. For example:

  • Pausing after a question (the ‘ten second’ rule) before selecting a child to respond gives children who have language processing difficulties the opportunity to respond;
  • Repeating instructions verbatim will give children with auditory memory and language comprehension difficulties a second go at decoding the sentence;
  • Commenting in conversation with a child can result in a much more elaborate response from a child than direct questioning.

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[1] Wren, Y. (2003) Using scenarios to evaluate a professional development programme for teaching staff. Child Language Teaching and Therapy,19, 115-134; Wren, Y. and Parkhouse, J. (1998) Working towards an inclusive curriculum. IJLCD 33 supplement – proceedings of the college’s 1998 conference.