Training and Professional Development
We understand the power and importance of teachers, nursery nurses and early childhood educators in making a difference for children with communication difficulties. Talking Lab offers flexible, in-house training sessions and programmes for schools, nurseries and preschools on a wide range of speech language and communication areas. See below to find out how your centre can benefit from training sessions with Talking Lab
Courses available on request
TYPICAL SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
Find out exactly how children learn to talk, what to expect and when to be concerned. Resources to keep, giving clear guidance about ages and stages. When and how to refer to NHS services.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN WHO ARE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND
Learn about typical and non-typical speech processes. How to help children to talk more clearly without causing frustration or distress. What to do if you haven't understood. How to help these children communicate with others who don't understand them.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN WHO STAMMER
Understand about different types of stammer. What to look out for, when to be concerned. How to respond when a child is stammering. How to support parents who are anxious about their child's stammer. How to encourage a child to speak more fluently (without stammering)
SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
How to support children and families who do not have English as a first language. How to help children understand their new language environment. What to expect and what not to expect. Detecting children who have communication difficulties in both languages.
MAGNETIC LANGUAGE PROGRAMME
5.5 hour programme delivered in 5 separate sessions
Developed by Talking Lab's speech and language therapist Lucy Darby, the Magnetic Language Programme teaches adults specific strategies for encouraging language development in preschoolers. Fully comprehensive programme covering exactly how children learn to talk, and practical, everyday strategies adults can use to promote understanding and use of language. Fun and interactive experience for teachers and parents.
HOW TO PLAY WITH A CHILD WHO HAS AUTISM
Interactive play is the foundation for meaningful communication to take place. Learn how to engage children in play who appear to be more content playing alone, and who may not yet be talking. Find out how to pick up on the child's signals and manipulate the play to encourage the child to think flexibly and problem-solve.