Speech and Language Therapy 

  Early Years Training & Support   

 
Are you looking for speech and language therapy training and support 
for early years practitioners? 
 
Would you like a speech and language assessment or therapy 
for an individual child you support? 
 

As an early years practitioner, would you like to feel confident in... 

understanding and supporting all children’s communication development, especially those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)? 
 
talking to parents about their child’s communication development and how they can help at home? 
 

Communication Foundations Programme  

Natalie offers a comprehensive training programme that supports early years practitioners to maximise children's communication development and is linked to the... 

Module One 

Understanding Communication Development and Identifying Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) 
 
Linked to the EYFS Theme: A Unique Child 

Workshop 

Half Day Interactive Workshop 

Practitioners learn about... 
typical communication development. 
observing and assessing children's communication skills. 
identifying children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). 
the importance of speech, language and communication skills for other areas of development. 
when and how to seek advice and support for childen's communication development. 
useful websites for early communication development. 
 
Includes videos of children with different communicaton difficulties. 
 
Share the training and cost with other settings. 

Benefits described by practitioners 

“Better knowledge and understanding of stages of development and how we can support certain children.” 
 
“Stand back and assess with confidence.” 
 
“Be able to spot the needs and judge what needs to happen a lot quicker and confidently.” 
 
“Knowing the signs and when to report/refer the child.” 
 
“Will take lots back to day-to-day work.” 
 
100% of 24 practitioners 
reported that they are 'extremely likely' (88%) or 'likely' (12%) to recommend the training to colleagues. 
 
"Natalie Wright, Speech and Language Therapist with FreeMe Services, spent the morning training our staff on speech, language and communication in the early years. We looked at all the different speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), how to recognise them, how to help and when (and if) we should be referring the children for speech and language therapy. It was a very valuable morning and was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved. Everyone has said they already feel more confident in recognising and helping children with SLCN and are very much looking forward to Module Two of the training." 
Manager of a day nursery, Exeter 

  Individual Child Assessment 

Screening Assessment  For children under 3 years who are new to speech and language therapy when parents and/or practitioners are unclear about whether there is cause for concern. 

Involves the Natalie working collaboratively with parents and practitioners to assess the child's communication skills. 
 
Determines the need for further speech and language assessment and/or referral to other services. 
 
Includes initial advice and recommendations for further developing communication skills. 
 
Share the cost with parents. 

Full Assessment  For 0 to 5 year old children when there are concerns about their communication development, or for under 3s who require further assessment after a screening assessment. 

Involves Natalie working collaboratively with parents and practitioners to assess the child's communication skills. 
 
Determines the need for referral to other services. 
 
Includes initial advice and a report with recommendations for further developing communication skills. 
 
Share the cost with parents. 

Module Two 

Developing Children's Communication Skills through Positive Interactions 
 
Linked to the EYFS Theme: Positive Relationships 

Workshop 

Half Day Interactive Workshop 

Practitioners learn about evidence-based interaction strategies to use in everyday interactions with children to maximise their communication development, especially those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).  
 
Includes videos of adults using the strategies during interactions and play with children with SLCN. 
 
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Practitioners said they learnt 

 
"How to encourage children to initiate interaction and the best way to do it.” 
 
“Listen more - you don’t always need to talk.” 
 
“Silence and watching are great tools.” 
 
“Only ask questions if they are meaningful.” 
 
21 out of 22 practitioners (95%) 
reported that they are 'extremely likely' (82%) or 'likely' (13%) to recommend the training to colleagues. 
 

  Video Interaction Therapy Course 

Practical Course - Six Sessions 
Practical course for two practitioners working in a pair with Natalie. By reflecting on short video clips of themselves interacting and playing with their chosen child, practitioners learn to... 
 
develop a full understanding of the child’s communication strengths and needs. 
 
increase their awareness, skills and confidence in using evidence-based interaction strategies to maximise the child's communication development during play. 
 
generalise their use of the strategies to everyday interactions with the child, as well as their everyday interactions with other children. 
 
Involves... 
an introduction meeting. 
four fortnightly sessions of 60-90 minutes. 
follow-up session 6 weeks later. 
 
Includes... 
a framework for communication assessment. 
an outcome tool to measure changes in children’s communication skills. 
a feedback report at the end of the course. 
 
Share the training and cost with other settings (or the parents of the children taking part). 
Benefits described by practitioners 
Children's skills and confidence 
“Has a wide selection of words.” 
“2 word phrases starting to come.” 
“Speech is a lot clearer.” 
“Starting to talk to other adults.” 
“Boost to confidence.” 
 
Practitioners' awareness, skills and confidence 
“More aware of what I do and have developed strategies to help children.” 
 
“Better/more meaningful interactions with children.” 
 
“Have more one-to-one time with children as I’ve got the knowledge.” 
 
“Built my confidence.” 
 
“Confident to talk to colleagues about what to do.” 
 
Both practitioners involved in the pilot course reported that they were 'always' using 6 or 7 out of 10 interaction strategies after the course, compared to 3 out of 10 interaction strategies before the course.  
 
Both practitioners involved in the pilot course 
reported that they are 'extremely likely' to recommend the training to colleagues as "It has a massive benefit to you as a practitioner and to the children." 

Module Three 

Creating a Communication-Friendly and Inclusive Environment for all Children, especially those with SLCN 
 
Linked to the EYFS Theme: Enabling Environments 

Workshop 

Half Day Interactive Workshop 

Practitioners learn about adapting the physical environment to support the communication skills and inclusion of all children, especially those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). 
 
Includes a communication environment audit questionnaire. 
 
Share the training and cost with other settings. 

Benefits described by practitioners 

Coming soon! 

  In-setting Support 

Involves Natalie working collaboratively with practitioners to plan and implement adaptations to the physical environment that support children's communication skills and inclusion within a specific room or setting. 

Module Four 

Developing Children’s Communication Skills during Play and Everyday Activities 
 
Linked to the EYFS Theme: Learning and Development 

Workshop 

Half Day Interactive Workshop 

Practitioners learn about... 
typical development of social and object play. 
 
the links between play and communication development. 
 
developing the communication skills of all children during play and everyday activities, especially those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). 
 
Share the training with other settings to help with the cost. 

Benefits described by practitioners 

Coming Soon! 

  In-setting Support 

Involves Natalie working collaboratively with practitioners to plan and implement an approach that develops children's communication skills 
during play and everyday activities within a specific room or setting. 

  Individual Child Therapy 

Speech and language therapy for individual children with identified speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). 
 
Involves Natalie, parents, practitioners and other professionals working collaboratively to support the child's communication skills. 
Includes... 
therapy plans and goal-setting. 
strategies and activities. 
resources if required. 
 
Share the cost with parents. 
How many children have speech, language and communicaton needs (SLCN)? 
 
10% of all children 
have long-term speech, language and communcation needs; that's on average two to three children in every class of 30. 
 
7% of all children 
have developmental language disorder (DLD); that's on average two children in every class of 30. This means that they have significant, long-term difficulties with understanding what people say and/or talking that have no known cause and can impact on their literacy, learning, friendships and emotional wellbeing. 
More than 50% of children 
in some areas of the country start school with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Many of these children can catch up with the right support. 
 
 
1% of all children 
have significant and complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) that affect their ability to express their basic needs. 
 
Contact Natalie today to arrange a no obligation discussion of your requirements. 
 
Call 07454 868455, email natalie@freemeservices.com or use the contact form below. 
 

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