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Speech and Language

This page will be updated with different resources so keep checking in.

Hello!

If you’ve been directed to this page then your child is receiving additional support in school for their Speech, Language or Communication needs (SLCN). You may have an NHS Speech Therapist who works with you too.

If you came across this page and think your child may need help with their SLCN please contact your child’s class teacher.

If you have specific questions about your child please contact their teacher or Speech Therapist. You can email Castle Academy on enquiries@castle.emat.uk or call 01604 638679.

Children's communication skills develop a bit like a pyramid, they start with a good foundation of Attention and Listening skills and build up from there:

                                    

Back to School!

We're really looking forward to welcoming the children back on the 8th March, here is a story that can help explain the return to school:

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Back-to-school-March.pdf 

Staying at home.

We're all missing having the children at school and some of our younger children or those with additional needs might be wondering why they have to stay at home.

Here is a short story about 'Staying at home' that might help explain:

Social stories can help explain events to children who may find them confusing or unsettling (they are not alone!), if you think your child would benefit from a story about another topic  (social distancing, hand washing etc) please contact the Inclusion Team at Castle.

Speech
Here's a short story that children of all ages can join in with. Courtesy of Leeds Community NHS Trust 2012. Your child can watch this again and again and join in with the sounds.

The Elves and the Shoemaker is a well known story, and this version has lots of /s/ sounds in it, take a look and have a listen!

Language

Communication
Your child may be learning to communicate using different techniques, also known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

PECS - the Picture Exchange Communication System. If you have been advised to use this AAC the below video gives an example of how to use the first 3 stages. Please only use PECS if advised to by your Speech Therapist.

Communication Boards - please use only if you have been provided with one from school or your Speech Therapist

Other areas to think about
Children, even those who don't have trouble making themselves heard or understood, can get frustrated and physical activity can help release some of that frustration. Copying big physical movements is also a good way to build communication skills.

You can find some great ways to get active here: /2157/pe with Castle Academy's very own PE Team.

Online Yoga sessions for children can provide a calm way to stay active and they also need good listening and attention skills - search for Cosmic Kids yoga on YouTube.

Only have a few minutes? 'Heavy Work' is short bursts of physical actvity that can help your child focus and burn off excess energy, you often don't need special equiptment and it can be part of your daily routine : https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/child-learning-disabilities/sensory-processing-issues/heavy-work-activities

 

Information and Resources
There a huge number of resources available for SLCN support and we’ll highlight just a few of them here.

Home (ican.org.uk)
I CAN's Talking Point
Afasic – Voice for Life
RADLD - YouTube
Resources for Children’s Speech and Language | Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust (hacw.nhs.uk)

Oak Academy is the UK Government online classroom that has some great videos to support SLCN at home.
https://classroom.thenational.academy/specialist/therapies/speech-and-language-therapy

Feedback Form

If you've been receiving home learning packs we'd love your feedback using the following form:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=g8ym-_qxS0SPcG3xPWOdRKF7w8CPKGRHl8RkcWX9zCRUMzZDUEc3RDVEMkVLRFROVkUyOFA4VDBUSS4u​ 

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