WellComm: A Speech and Language Toolkit for the Early Years
Author(s): Sandwell Primary Care Trust
Suitable for: Early Years practitioners
Age range: 6 months – 6 years
WellComm is a complete speech and language toolkit for all EarlyYears practitioners.
The toolkit deploys a unique traffic light system that clearly identifies children requiring immediate intervention, as well as those who show potential language difficulties.
- Aids early identification of speech and language difficulties
- Signals when intervention and referral are necessary
- Provides intervention strategies
- Ideal authority-wide screening tool
- Requires minimal training
- Easy to use
With 1 in 10 children under 5 years of age experiencing some degree of difficulty in learning language and communication skills1, early identification is crucial. To help achieve this, WellComm's clear and easy-touse record forms enable the screening process to be carried out
quickly and efficiently by all EarlyYears practitioners. Its innovative traffic light system has the additional benefit of banding children by placing them into one of three categories, thus enabling the practitioner to proactively respond to any needs identified.
Intervention: The Big Book of Ideas
The Big Book of Ideas provides practitioners with focused intervention activities to meet individual needs as identified through the screening process. The activities are designed to be fun, engaging and appropriate for use with both individual children and groups across the entire age range. They also provide a helpful guide for parents to support their child’s development at home.
All activities are photocopiable and can be printed from the Resources CD that is included in the WellComm toolkit. Implementation is made easy by a Training DVD which takes the place of expensive and time-consuming training and also offers examples of good practice.
The Wellcomm Complete Toolkit contains: Handbook and Score Sheets, The Little Book of Rules, The Big Book of Ideas, Picture Book, Resources CD, Training DVD and Carry Bag
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