Early Years Speech & Language
An online course for EYFS professionals to identify and establish effective speech and language skills in Early Years settings.
Power-up your provision with staff strategies and games to help late talkers, children with unclear speech and stammerers.
Containing theory and information on milestones, red flags, when to refer to SALT, strategies and activities to support children in your EYFS setting.
Do you work in Early Years and need some help with speech and language?
This course is suitable for anyone working with children of pre-school age (up to 5/6 years)
Are there children in your setting with any of these difficulties?:
Late talker or using very few words
Difficulty talking in sentences
Difficulty following instructions
Poor listening and attention skills
Behind other children their age with their communication and language skills
Unable to say their own name clearly
Has a stammer or stutter
Power-up your provision!
Boost your understanding of the language development milestones for different ages in Early Years.
Increase your confidence in identifying reasons and opportunities for your children to communicate in your setting.
Learn about language delay, speech sound difficulties and stammering, as well as specific strategies to support needs in these areas.
Use the strategies and activities from this course with your current children and in the future with other children.
Help the children you work with to make progress.
Show off that your setting has skilled members of staff who are confident to work with children who have speech & language difficulties.
Gain a whole heap of games and activities to make your day super fun!
⭐Excellent facts about this course ⭐
It's a short course with just over 3 hours of video time, all pre-recorded and ready to access straight away.
It's online so you can do it any time, on any device.
It's available all the time so you don't have to wait for a set time or date.
You can re-visit the course time and time again, with unlimited access.
You can download the BONUS documents and save them to your shared drive.
You'll gain specialist skills from the course content, created by a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist.
You can follow this course at your pace and add these specialist skills to your CV.
You'll get a certificate upon completion.
What will you get?
Let me tell you what you'll cover in this course.
There are 4 modules with pre-recorded videos, some are presentations with more theory and information, others are video demonstrations of some fun games and activities.
Theory & terminology on ‘speech & language’ ‘Communication & Language’, ‘SLCN’.
Different areas of speech & language, including attention & listening, understanding, talking, social skills, speech sounds & stammering.
Typical speech and language milestones for different ages, from 9 months to 6 years.
Red flags for you to look out for & indications from me of when to refer to SALT.
Looking at different means of communication.
Understanding reasons and supporting opportunities for communication in your setting, as well as supporting this for your children at home too.
Strategies (28 in total!) to support the children in your setting who have difficulty with understanding, talking, speech sounds and stammering.
Case studies of children I’ve worked with who have had:
Delayed language skills
Speech sound difficulties
We look at their presenting problems/issues, some background information, the speech & language targets and programmes I wrote for them.
None of these children required therapy sessions with me, they all needed to work on their targets at home and at preschool/nursery- in this module I show you what that looks like and how you can do it for your children.
Activities and games to support language development in your setting.
There are 15 games/activities in total in this module.
I show you my top 5 go-to games for intervention sessions, as well as how to alter the activity to suit the language needs, ages, interests and motivations of the children you’re working with.
Some of these games and activities can be done daily. They can also be incorporated into weekly programmes, across a half term or whole term.
These games can be done:
1:1 with a child
In small groups of up to 4 children
Whole-class/group sessions i.e. during carpet time/circle time, or included as part of your continuous provision.
These activities are not restricted to those who need Speech and Language needs and can be played with more able children who can act as a language model for their peers.
Are there any BONUS materials?
There are 6 PDF documents that you can download and keep forever!
You can also share them with your team and use them in your staff training sessions.
A typical milestones checklist to help practitioners monitor the speech, language and communication development of the children in the setting and reassurance on when to refer to SALT.
An audit tool to help you identify the means, reasons and opportunities for children to communicate in your setting.
Strategies for you and the staff in your setting to use to support children's:
Speech sound skills
I’m a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, based in Essex.
I have extensive experience working with children with speech, language and communication needs in a range of settings including schools, preschools and clinics.
I'm also mum to two primary school-aged children, one of whom has special needs. Both of my children ‘help’ in some of my course videos, allowing me to demonstrate how to use activities to work on specific targets, modifying and differentiating for varying ages, motivations and abilities.
I set up my own clinical service provision in 2011 and have since then built up a successful practice, with my own clinic where I see private patients. I also provide a regular service to a number of schools in my local geographical area.
I’ve worked with lots of practitioners and staff in schools and preschools throughout my career and I've provided a lot of information, advice, training and support for a variety of Speech and Language topics.
As well as training education staff, I also deliver seminars as a guest lecturer to Speech and Language Therapy Students at the University of Essex. These cover a range of topics, including service provision, speech sounds, stammering, vocabulary and word finding, assessment and intervention.
I have a master’s degree in Health and Human Sciences (MSc), qualifying as a Speech & Language Therapist in 2009. My undergraduate degree (BA Hons) is in Linguistics and Spanish.
I’m registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the Health and Care Professionals Council and the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP).