We’re pleased to be able to provide a range of short, free introductory speech and language (SaLT) courses which will offer you some simple strategies to use within the home or educational settings.
We would like to support as many children and young people as possible, so each course is available as a recorded session below. We have a range of resources online that link to these training sessions to offer further information and ideas.
Supporting Stammering is for adults supporting children of all ages who stammer.
This course provides an introduction to causes, presentation and the impact of stammering. We discuss ways you can support children who stammer in the classroom and when to seek further support.
Supporting Speech Sounds is suitable for education staff working with children who have a good understanding of language but have unclear speech.
This course can help to develop understanding of typical speech sound development and common speech errors. It gives information on how to support children working at different levels of speech sound development.
Phonological Awareness is for adults working with children who have good understanding of language but are not using many words and sounds.
This course can help to develop understanding of the stages of phonological awareness development and give ideas for activities at each stage.
Supporting Vocabulary is for adults working with children who need extra support to, understand, learn and use new words.
This course highlights why vocabulary is so important to language learning and academic achievement, and provides some strategies you can use in the classroom. These strategies will benefit all children – not just those who find language learning difficult.
Supporting Understanding is for adults working with children who struggle to understand questions and instructions in the classroom.
This course explains how questions can be broken down into ‘Blanks Levels’, and how understanding these levels can allow you to pitch questions and instructions in a way to maximise your child’s ability to understand. We will also discuss some simple strategies you can use in the classroom to support and develop children’s understanding of language.
Supporting Early Communication
Supporting Early Communication is for adults supporting young children who are motivated to communicate but don’t yet use many words.
The course will help increase your confidence in recognising early developmental milestones, and allow you to support children with the foundation skills for communication such as play and attention and listening skills. There are some top tips with activity ideas for motivating children to engage in interaction. We will also discuss simple strategies you can use in daily activities to support language development all day every day.
Extra Help for Early Communication
Extra Help for Early Communication is for adults supporting children who need help in engaging and interaction.
This course talks through the early stages of interaction and steps children will take when learning to communicate. It also touches on the areas of sensory and behavioural support. There are some general strategies to help children engage and understand as well as more structured approaches such as objects of reference, intensive interaction, using visuals and attention autism.
Supporting Speech, Language and Communication Needs at Secondary School
This course looks at what Speech, Language and communication need includes and where break downs can happen. It covers how to identify children having difficulties and what strategies and resources are out there for secondary aged children.
If you have any questions about the online courses, you can contact the Norfolk & Waveney Speech & Language Therapy Service by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.