Poor language and communication skills have been shown to have
profound effect on the life chances of children and young people.
Research tells us this consistently over the years. Now in its
third edition, Developing Language and Communication Skills through
Small Group Work provides essential information for practitioners
working with linguistically vulnerable children. It is underpinned
by an approach based on developmental psychology and brain based
research. The book provides clarity and repetition of key concepts
at a level that this particular cohort of children require. The
book now includes a section on using the power of puppets to
support communication. Feedback from practitioners is that it is
not only fun to run the SPIRALS groups but also highly effective in
providing the support the children need. The SPIRALS language book
contains a wealth of effective ideas for activities to support good
practice to develop children's speech, language and communication
development. The most powerful way to use Spirals is as set out in
the sessions as an ongoing programme. Although these activities can
be used as stand alone ideas to target a particular area of
concern. The sessions have been carefully designed to build upon
children's existing skills base. Small spirals of learning are
introduced at a pace the children can access and retain. SPIRALS
supports good practice in early years settings and schools up to
KS2. The aim is to develop effective language and communication
skills which will underpin a range of critical thinking, reasoning
and social competency skills as well as increased ability to
listen, maintain focus and learn effectively. Also it has been
shown that improvements in levels of spoken language can have a
positive impact on written literacy. Included in this book are:
concise explanations of the terms and concepts involved clear
guidelines for setting up and running small group sessions
structured lesson plans twelve for nursery and early primary years
photocopiable resources lists of further reading and resources. New
to this third edition includes: revised Early Years and Reception
Year material fully updated to reference the Bercow Report (2008)
new section on using puppets effectively additional 'bubble
commentaries' offering useful tips and suggestions to teachers.
This fully updated edition will be particularly useful for
teachers, teaching assistants in early years and in schools, speech
and language therapistsand assistants interested in the Spirals
language development technique.
|Country of origin:
• Jackie Lowe
• Tracey Palmer
||Electronic book text
||3rd Revised edition
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