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Special Educational Needs

How we help children grow.

Longparish Little School

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Early talk boost

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Early Talk Boost is a targeted intervention aimed at 3-4 year old children with delayed language helping to boost their language skills to narrow the gap between them and their peers. The programme aims to accelerate children’s progress in language and communication by an average of 6 months, after a nine week intervention. 

Children who are selected to take part in the intervention will attend three sessions per week during circle/story time, each lasting 15-20 minutes delivered by an early years practitioner. The sessions include activities that cover the foundation skills in speech, language and communication that children need for learning and understanding new words, as well as having conversations.

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  • Supports children who are not achieving their expected levels of progress in their language development

  • Can be used to demonstrate to Ofsted how you are focusing on developing staff skills

  • Help to build relationships with parents, by reinforcing the language skills the child learned during the group sessions

  • Demonstrates the effective use of your Early Years Pupil Premium allocation

  • An all-in-one speech and language solution package

  • Can be used by non speech and language specialists

  • Proven to improve children’s language and communication through our evidence base

  • Designed to be sustainable so you can deliver the intervention multiple times to new groups of children

  • A dedicated team at I CAN to support you to maximise the impact of Early Talk Boost in your setting

  • Identify, monitor and track children’s progress before and following the intervention with the online tracker  

For more information click the link below

https://ican.org.uk/training-licensing/i-can-programmes/early-talk-boost/

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PECS stands for Picture Exchange Communication System.  PECS is a systematic way to teach a child how to communicate with someone else by handing them a picture of what they want.  This program was originally designed for children with autism but can be used for other non-speaking children as well.  This program is intended to provide an alternative means of communication for a child who is unable to speak with his mouth.  It is not a true form of speech for the child but an alternative means that will allow him to “speak” his thoughts even if his mouth won’t cooperate.

 

How does PECS help children?

In PECS, when children use the picture cards, they're rewarded with the objects or action they've asked for. Supporters of PECS say that this reinforces children's behaviour. In turn, it increases the likelihood that children will keep using the cards for communicating needs and wants.

For more information select link below

https://nationalautismresources.com/the-picture-exchange-communication-system-pecs/

https://pecs-unitedkingdom.com/

Who are ELSAs?

An ELSA is a specialist teaching assistant who has been trained to work with children who are showing a wide range of emotional or social difficulties for example; anxiety, low self esteem, problems with anger etc.

ELSA’s have been chosen for their ability to build good relationships with children.

All ELSAs have 6 days of initial training covering: emotional literacy including building resilience and self-esteem. managing emotions including anger and anxiety. social and friendship skills.

What is the importance of Elsa?

ELSAs are emotional literacy support assistants. They are teaching assistants who have had special training from educational psychologists to support the emotional development of children and young people in school.

What will be covered during the sessions?

  • RELATIONSHIPS

  • RECOGNISING EMOTIONS

  • SOCIAL SKILLS

  • FRIENDSHIP ISSUES

  • SELF ESTEEM

  • UNDERSTANDING ANGER

  • LOSS & BEREAVEMENT

  • ANXIETY

  • COPING STRATEGIES

  • BUILDING RESILIENCE   

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For more information please speak to Kristy the settings ELSA
The Elsa website below
https://psychologyfirst.co.uk/our-services/early-years-elsa-training-supervision/

Emotions group

Our emotions group is for children to help understand their emotions and how to deal with them. We read a book called The Colour Monster, he is confused about his feelings so all his colours are muddled up. His friend helps him put his emotions into a jar so he can recognise them. We read a selection of books to describe each emotion. We talk about how we feel and how we can be happy and calm. We have a calming area for the children to go to if they need some time for themselves.

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Speech and language group

Kristy has had a lot of training in speech and language and has gained a Level 3 qualification. She works very closely with the therapists and follows the plans set out for your child. Little School hold a speech and language group for children that may need some extra support and these are run by Kristy. These groups are good for children that need some confidence and boost their self esteem.

We have been trained in using Makaton and we can communicate through sign and we use a variety of songs with the signs. We encourage signing with all children so everyone can can have a voice at Little School.

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Some helpful links if you have concerns with your child's speech

https://ican.org.uk/i-cans-talking-point/parents/resources/
https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/learning-to-talk/2-to-3-years/#anchor-tabs

You can always come in for a chat if you have concerns.
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