Early Years Targets Explained – for Early Years staff

This training will explain the rationale behind Speech and Language Therapy Target setting, the theory behind those targets that focus on ‘Understanding of Language’ and ‘Speech Sounds’. It will also provide practical advice on how to implement activities to achieve these targets back in your setting and monitor progress. To register interest contact the department on 0300 247 0090.

Support in Wiltshire: Autism Parent Programme 1 (SWAPP 1)

For parents and their child’s pre-school key worker. SWAPP 1 currently follows the Early Bird Programme. This is a National Autistic Society 3 month programme for families with a child diagnosed with autism who are in pre-school or their reception year.

The programme will help parents and staff to better understand their child’s autism, structure interactions to develop communication and develop strategies to pre-empt problem behaviours and/or manage those which do occur.

There are 8 group sessions and 3 home visits to enable families to personalise the course. Further information can be found on the National Autistic Website, http://www.nas.org.uk/earlybird

Families who would like a place should contact Wiltshire Council on 01225 757901 or email TSLS.OperationalOffice@wiltshire.gov.uk for an application form.

Pictures are Powerful – for staff working in District Specialist Centres

Early Years settings and parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other complex needs and Portage workers. The training provides an overview of how to use visual strategies to support communication of children who are not talking.  Contact your local District Specialist Centre for dates of next sessions.

Makaton – for Early Years staff, health visitors and childminders

The 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 register interest contact the department on 0300 247 0090.

Pre-school Communication Tracker Training – for Health Visitors and Early Years Practitioners and Childminders

The training further develops staff knowledge of the developmental stages for attention and listening, receptive language, expressive language, phonology and social communication.

It will equip professionals to support parents of children who require monitoring by signposting them to helpful resources, information and advice. It will enable professionals to be confident in deciding which children should be referred into the Speech and Language Therapy service and how to refer using the new Pre-school Communication Tracker.

In addition, participants will have a better understanding of the structure of the SLT service and how to access support from the telephone advice line and website. To register interest contact the department on 0300 247 0090.

Dysphagia training – for staff working in District Specialist Centres and Early Years settings 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 to provide by Wiltshire Council and Virgin Care we can also provide additional and tailored training to pre-schools and organisations. Interested parties should contact the Speech and Language Therapy department on 0300 247 0090.

Possible topics could include:

Makaton Signing – for pre-school and school staff

Makaton Beginners Workshop Modules 1 and 2

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.

Derbyshire Language scheme – for teaching assistants, teachers, SENCos

The course is particularly relevant for those  staff who work in educational settings with children with complex needs and learning difficulties and language delay. The three day course aims to provide an insight into the development of comprehension and expressive language. Delegates will be able to assess both comprehension and expression and will learn to administer both a rapid screening test and a detailed test of comprehension. Delegates will be able to adjust the language they use with their students to ensure the students are able to understand both instructions and descriptive 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. They will gain accreditation as DLS users.

Using signs throughout the day-embedding symbols and signs in your setting – for Early Years Practitioners, SENCos and non teaching staff

The training provides an overview of how to use visual strategies in classrooms and the wider school environment to support the communication of children who have Speech, Language and Communication Needs.

Developing Communication Friendly Settings – for Early Years settings

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

Bespoke Training

Bespoke training can be offered according to your individual needs.  Please contact the department to discuss further. For a complete prospectus of training courses and costs please contact us.