For parents and school staff

Support in Wiltshire: Autism Parent Programme 2 (SWAPP 2) – for parents and their children’s teaching assistants

SWAPP 2 is based on the Barnardo’s Cygnet Programme is a 6 week programme for families with a child diagnosed with ASD who are in Y1 to Y4. The programme will help parents and staff to better understand their child’s autism, improve communication with their child and develop strategies to pre-empt problem behaviours and/or manage those which do occur. Families who would like a place should contact Wiltshire Council on 01225 757 901 or email TSLS.OperationalOffice@wiltshire.gov.uk for an application form or book online at the SWAPP website.

For school staff

Targets Explained

For SENCo’s and Teaching Assistants working with children known to the Speech and Language Therapy Department. A full day course delivered in your setting which aims to help staff supporting children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs to better understand why targets are set, how to implement them and how to assess and record progress against them. To book a place on a course please contact the department on  0300 247 0090.

Pictures are Powerful

For staff supporting children in mainstream schools in their Reception Year who have a diagnosis or working diagnosis of Autism. The training provides an overview of how to use visual strategies to more effectively access their mainstream setting.

To book a place on a course please contact the department on  0300 247 0090.

Makaton

Makaton Beginners Workshop Modules 1 and 2. For pre-school and school staff. This training, run by licensed Makaton tutors, aims to develop understanding of how and why signing can be used to support communication. It introduces the Makaton Signing Vocabulary at Stages 1 and 2 and some additional vocabulary and aims to teach signs and symbols for immediate use. The Makaton website has more information. Parents and others can also request training via the Makaton website.

To book a place on a course please contact the department on 0300 247 0090.

ELKLAN – Speech and Language Support for verbal children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

For education staff who support verbal children with ASD in the classroom, for example, teachers, teaching assistants and SENCos. (Runs November to March).

The training, delivered over 10 sessions, supports participants to develop a greater understanding of the speech and language and communication needs of children on the autistic spectrum. The course will provide strategies, advice and activities to help children develop their communication skills and access the curriculum. Homework/self-directed learning and completion of a portfolio are required. The course is accredited through the Open College Network at levels 2 to 3 depending on the quality of the student’s individual coursework.

Visit www.wiltscpd.co.uk to book a place.

Supporting children with communication impairments in the mainstream classroom – for teaching assistants (runs January to October)

The training aims to support TAs to develop a greater understanding of normal speech and language development, speech and language disorders and their impact on children’s learning. The TAs will acquire skills in supporting a child’s communication development and assisting the child to access the curriculum. The course is run over 10 study sessions and homework/self-directed learning and completion of a portfolio are required.

Visit www.wiltscpd.co.uk to book a place.

Dysphagia training – for staff working in special schools and mainstream schools with children with eating and swallowing needs

The course enables participants to develop an understanding of normal eating and swallowing as well as aspiration, the importance of correct positioning for eating and drinking, appropriate food textures and utensils and how best to manage dribbling and reflux.

Interested parties should contact the Speech and Language Therapy department on  0300 247 0090.

Additional training that can be commissioned and delivered in your settings

In addition to the core training that we are commissioned by Wiltshire Council and Virgin Care to provide, we can also provide a range of additional trainings (see below). Interested parties should contact the Speech and Language Therapy department on  0300 247 0090 for further details and costings.

Narrative Therapy – for teaching assistants

This weekly intervention consists of a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant visiting the school and working with a Teaching Assistant for one term. This Wave 2 programme is designed for Key Stage one children and aims to improve attention and listening skills, understanding and use of question words, conversational skills. In addition it helps to increase children’s general confidence with communication.

Identifying and Supporting Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) in the Classroom – for teachers and teaching assistants

This training is designed to be delivered in mainstream primary schools over 2 consecutive twilight sessions (1-1 ½ hours each) or as an inset day. It aims to develop staff awareness and confidence to identify and support all children with Speech, Language and Communication needs including those with more persistent language needs within the classroom setting.

To register interest contact the department on  0300 247 0090.

Makaton Beginners Workshop Modules 1 and 2 – for pre-school and school staff

This training, run by licensed Makaton tutors, aims to develop understanding of how and why signing can be used to support communication. It introduces the Makaton Signing Vocabulary at Stages 1 and 2 and some additional vocabulary and aims to teach signs and symbols for immediate use. The Makaton website has more information.

Communication Friendly Teaching in Secondary School

For staff who have responsibility for planning including class teachers, higher level teaching assistants and SENCos working in secondary schools.

Practical sessions (3 twilights or one full day) run in your settings which aim to develop staff’s knowledge and skills so that they feel have an understanding of the impact of speech, language and communication needs and are confident to adapt lessons to enable children with speech, language and communication needs to participate. Consideration will also be given to different ways of using supporting adults within the classroom.

Enhancing Language and Communication in Secondary Schools – for teaching assistants

A Speech and Language Therapist visits your school weekly for 2 terms to work alongside Teaching Assistants in order to train them to be confident in delivering an evidence based Wave 2 group that aims to develop students’ vocabulary and narrative skills.The TAs leading the groups should have some knowledge of Speech, Language and Communication Needs from previous training. Following the training the TAs will have the knowledge, skills and resources to continue running the group as a Wave 2 intervention.

Derbyshire Language scheme – for teaching assistants, teachers, SENCos

The course is particularly relevant for those education staff who work with children with complex needs and learning difficulties and language delay. This can be provided as a 1 day introduction or as a 3 day accredited course. It aims to provide an insight into the development of comprehension and expressive language.

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to identify targets for the child’s IEP and know how to use the teaching manuals which provide activities to develop a child’s comprehension and expressive language. In addition delegates will learn to administer both a rapid screening test and a detailed test of comprehension. Delegates will be able to use their knowledge to adjust the language they use with their students to ensure the students are able to understand both instructions and descriptive language.

Developing Communication Friendly Classrooms – for whole schools – FS, KS1-2 and KS3-4

This package of training aims to support whole schools to enhance their communication environments by conducting a Quality Communication Audit in each classroom and then, following analysis of the trends, offering follow up support sessions to help staff to implement any changes identified to enhance the classrooms as quality communicative environments.

 

Additional SLT time

For those schools who have high numbers of children with SLCN and the budget to accommodate it, additional SLT time can be bought in by schools through our service.

Bespoke training can be offered according to your individual needs. Please contact the department to discuss further.