Resources for teachers, speech and language therapists and anyone with an interest in children’s reading and language

We’d like to share some resources that we’ve come across that may be useful to those with an interest in children’s reading and language.

Let’s Talk About It

This is a booklet aimed at trainee teachers which gives advice and guidance on children’s communication skills, produced by The Communication Trust. The booklet can be downloaded from the Trust’s website: https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/resources/resources/resources-for-practitioners/lets-talk-about-it/

RALLI campaign

RALLI (Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairments) have uploaded a series of short videos to YouTube as part of their campaign to raise awareness of language difficulties. The videos cover a range of topics, including what language impairment is, the impact it can have, and how you can help. The videos give advice and information from speech and language therapists and teachers, as well as from children with language impairments themselves. The RALLI homepage is here: https://www.youtube.com/user/RALLIcampaign

Which interventions should I use for reading?

‘Interventions for Literacy’ is a website designed to give information and evidence on a variety of approaches to literacy intervention. As well as giving an overview of each intervention, the website also provides information on effectiveness. The information is based on a report by Greg Brooks (‘what works for children and young people with literacy difficulties?’), which can also be downloaded from the website. http://www.interventionsforliteracy.org.uk/

Which interventions should I use for Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)?

‘What Works’ is a database of interventions for SLCN hosted by The Communication Trust. It too provides information and rates the evidence base for a number of commonly-used interventions. These range from interventions aimed at pre-school children right through to those used in secondary schools. Registration is required, but is free. http://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/projects/what-works/whatworkssearch.aspx

View the original research report from Law et al (2012) here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-works-interventions-for-children-and-young-people-with-speech-language-and-communication-needs

We hope that these are helpful. Do let us know if you’ve come across any others that we can add here!

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