Communication Matters - upcoming Roadshows
Communication Matters are running free Roadshows with updates from all the main AAC suppliers in the UK. These are taking place in the following locations over the next few months:
- Glasgow (Beardmore Hospital) - Tuesday 10th May
- Newcastle (Racecourse) - Wednesday 11th May
- Cambridge (Belfry Hotel) - Thursday 30th June
The Roadshows may be of interest to AAC users, parents, carers and professionals who are new to the field of AAC and voice output technology. It might also be helpful for anyone who works with children or adults with severe speech, language or communication difficulties who require support with communication.
To find out more information or book a place please click here.
The Early Talk Boost Evaluation Report 2015
Early Talk Boost was developed by specialist speech and language therapists and a highly experienced nursery teacher, in response to the fact that almost a quarter of children are not reaching expected levels for their age in communication and language by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The recently published Evaluation Report shows the effectiveness of Early Talk Boost. The report also describes the intervention itself, setting out the rationale for its design as well as more detail about its evaluation. . It outlines its results and discusses these findings and their implications.
Early Talk Boost was piloted between September 2014 and September 2015 to evaluate its impact on children’s early language development. The evaluation framework was designed with the support of Professor Tim Pring at City University London to be as close as possible to a randomised controlled trial, considered to be the gold standard of research methods. The results speak for themselves; children involved in the programme made an average of six months progress following a nine week intervention helping them to catch up with their peers. This is twice the amount of progress of children who did not receive the intervention.
You can read the full Evaluation Report here.
KIDS Personal Budget video for young people
KIDS have developed a new personal budget and Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan video for young people. A personal budget is an amount of money identified by the local authority to deliver parts of the provision set out in an EHC Plan. To read more about personal budgets please click here.
There are 3 versions of the video including Makaton and subtitled versions which can be found on the KIDS website. Please find the direct links to all the videos below.
Personal Budgets explained
KIDS are keen to gather feedback from young people about the videos so please do get in touch with Lynn Horsfield at Lynn.Horsfield@kids.org.uk if you have any feedback to share.