Local Co-ordinator Newsletter
Hello and welcome to the August edition of the Hello Local Coordinators newsletter.
It's Summer, so our focus this month is on encouraging families to turn summer day scenarios into communication opportunities. We also want to help you to plan ahead for September and the coming months, so we keep up the momentum for the rest of the national year and beyond.
August - Talk and
We have launched Summer Talk – a downloadable pack with
games and activities that support children’s communication
skills when families are out and about this Summer. It
includes fun and ‘easy to do’ activities for trips to the zoo,
park and museum and contains games and challenges to keep kids
entertained on car journeys and at home.
Here’s a snippet from the Trolley Challenge game:
you have children aged 4 – 5 years, when you are out shopping,
every time you put something in your trolley ask your child to
tell you 2 things about it, e.g. banana – ‘it’s yellow and you
eat it ’
Partners from across the country, including Hello sponsor
BT, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, Signalong and
Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust and Children’s
Speech and Language Therapy team, have provided the activities
as part of their support of Hello.
Another partner, Fink, has created a month-long calendar of activities in support of ‘Talk and Go’. Fink provides question cards to encourage conversation within the family to ensure children become confident communicators. Fink’s support includes a free activity and conversation booklet for the summer holidays, tips and expert blogs from the likes of parenting expert Sue Atkins. These are all available from http://www.finkcards.co.uk/resources/blog
Please click here
to download Summer Talk.
You can read the August press
If you are running August activities or have done so
already, we would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Test your fitness with BT Talk Gym|
Last month our theme was ‘Skills for work and
life’. With BT, we launched a new resource Talk Gym, to
help young people aged 14-19 to develop their communication
skills. It was developed as part of BT’s sponsorship
of Hello and is a great way to work with young
people on improving their communication skills.
Talk Gym includes an
innovative Facebook application to help young people
check their 'Talk Fitness" which you can view here.
has also developed a quick advice guide on using Talk
Gym in the classroom which you can access here.
help us spread the word about Talk Gym to teachers,
young people and their parents.
To find out more
about Talk Gym visit
www.bt.com/talkgym. Teachers Notes are also
available to download from this
|Update on the Shine a Light
We are delighted to report that we have had a fantastic
response to the Shine a Light 2011 Hello campaign awards with
over 250 applications.
The Hello team and Pearson
Assessment would like to thank all of you after applying
for an award yourselves or encouraging others to do so. The number and
standard of applications received has been high and it's
amazing to see such incredible working being carried out
across the country.
We will send a
confirmation email (or letter if necessary) confirming that
we've received your application, and it's eligible for
consideration, by Friday 19th August. Between now and the end
of September, all applications will be read and assessed
against the published criteria.
The Shine a Light
Judges will be meeting on the 12th October to select the applicants of the year
and two highly commended runners-up for each Award. We will aim to notify all finalists by 25th October
and invited to attend the Shine a Light Awards Ceremony on 23rd
November in London.
In a change to previously published
information, please note all applicants will be notified of
the outcome of their application by Monday 25th October at the
very latest. If you have any questions, please
or call Sandra Telford in the Hello team on 020 7843
Bookmark the website http://www.helloawards.co.uk/
for regular updates.
September - Back to
September’s theme is ‘Back to School’, when a month of
schools based activity will take place. This includes No Pens
Day Wednesday - a brand new initiative from Hello .
Schools are being encouraged to put down their pens
and pick up their language on Wednesday 28th September. 400
primary and secondary schools have already signed up to date and
interest is growing! This means over 100,000 children and
young people are set to take part in this inaugural
For more information about No Pens
Day Wednesday please click here
you can help us before September?
Firstly, thank you to all of you
who have already helped to spread the word about this
initiative. We are keen to get as many schools as possible
taking part. To help you shout about it, we've developed text
that you can put on websites, newsletters and also specific
text aimed at Head teachers. An introductory guide is
to help schools plan their involvement.
If schools can't join us on that day don't worry, they can
make any day No Pens Day!
has worked with the Times Education Supplement (TES) to
produce a special Hello supplement Talk, Listen, Take
Part. The supplement has been co-funded by the Communication
Champion, Jean Gross, and Hello sponsor BT to a brief
developed by The Communication Trust.
It will be distributed with the
TES on September 2nd. The supplement looks at some of the
issues explored by the Hello campaign and focuses on
a number of schools that have developed effective strategies
to develop their pupils’ speech, language and communication
A digital edition of the supplement will be available on
the TES website. Hello co-ordinators will be able to
download the supplement and send the link to others to spread
Watch this space for more information.
|Tell us your story...|
This month’s story comes from Nannette, whose
daughter has Downs Syndrome. Thanks to Nannette for
sharing her story with us.
“My daughter has
Down’s Syndrome, she has both severe learning and
communication difficulties. We knew when she was a small
baby she would have difficulties with speech and
When she was around 15 months old we
were offered a place on a Signalong course by our local
Speech and Language Department. I was a bit unsure at
first as I had never done anything like this and had
never met anybody who had signed. The course lasted six
weeks and was basic vocabulary.
Once finished I got stuck in straight away and was
practising signs every day, simple things like animals
and food signs. After about three months I started to
get disheartened as she did not pick any signs up and I
was almost ready to give up, thinking it was not
working. I did not realise at the time the significance
of the learning delay and expected immediate
Then we had a eureka moment. We were shopping in a
local store and I was signing foods as we were going
round and at the till she signed clearly chocolate, I
was so happy and then she did it a couple of times. This
gave me the encouragement to carry on and after the
initial delay she picked up lots of signs, but would not
do them spontaneously to ask for things, but over time
She is now six years old and has very little clear
speech but signs fantastically. She is now more
spontaneous with her signs and knows well in excess of
250. Because of her communication difficulties she is
very frustrated and this affects her behaviour. If she
could not sign life would be impossible for her. The
fact she can sign means she can ask for a drink,
biscuit, toast and crisp. It means we can have a
conversation all be it limited but she can sign me one
or two words and we can take it from there.
I am so glad I did not give up on the signs when she
was younger, it would have been easy to do as it felt
quite disheartening at times but the long term results
speak for themselves.”
You can view Nannette's
full story here
story shows how powerful a parent’s perception is –
please encourage more parents to share their stories
You can upload stories here
or if you would rather let us know over the phone,
please call us on 0207 843 2517.
|Coming up in October|
In October, the Hello monthly theme is Not
Just Words. We will be focusing on children and
young people who have no speech, or whose speech is difficult
to understand. October is also International Augmentative and
Alternative Communication (AAC) Month.
If you haven’t already, download or order
"Other Ways of Speaking" here
– a new information booklet for parents and professionals that
provides information on the different ways children and young
people communicate, how to support them and where to go for
further information and help.
During October, the
Hello campaign will be shining a light on the work of
key organisations in this area. One of these is Communication
Matters, who have been running an ‘I'll be Asking the
Questions’ competition for people who use AAC. This is
culminating in October with the winners meeting a celebrity to
ask them their winning questions.
Your support to
raise awareness of this often misunderstood subject, and the
organisations that can help, will make a big difference. If you
are planning October activity, please tell us about it by
Hello Parliamentary Reception – request for
Our major event in October is the
national year of communication parliamentary reception, taking
place on 19th October. This event will give us the
opportunity to highlight the key successes of the Hello
campaign and to recognise the enormous amount of work
that has been put into the campaign across the
What we’ve achieved wouldn’t have been
possible without you!
This event is a great opportunity to show MPs and key sponsors our progress to date and ensure that we gain their support for the rest of the year and beyond. We want to showcase the fantastic things you have been doing, and the materials that you've developed, to promote Hello in your area and support children's communication development.
Help us bring Hello to life by sending us through leaflets, posters, information packs, press releases, press coverage and photos.
Please email us copies at email@example.com.
You can also post items to Sandra Telford, The Communication
Trust, 8 Wakely Street, London, EC1V 7QE.
|One in a million -
To help highlight the challenges experienced by
children with speech, language and communication needs,
the Hello campaign has launched a new short
film, One in a million.
Produced with support from Pearson Assessment, the film is
narrated by Ben Macleod, a 21 year old actor who
developed severe communication needs at a young age.
The film highlights that as many as one million
children and young people have hidden long term and
persistent speech, language and communication needs. It
also makes clear what both parents and professionals,
such as teachers and health workers, can do to help
children by taking part in the Hello
To view the film on our brand new You Tube channel
please click here.
|Update on Hello Publications|
Misunderstood: Misunderstood explains what
speech, language and communication needs are, includes advice
and guidance on how to support communication development. It
now includes a new section for parents to give them guidance
on what to do if they suspect their children may have a
Please help us share this
booklet with people who would benefit from further guidance on
You can order and download this booklet
Universally Speaking: This is a series
of three booklets for professionals to show where children and
young people are likely to be at with their communication at a
given age. The first of this series is ready (for Early Years
practitioners) and available to download from here
on the Hello website. The versions for Primary school
practitioners and Secondary school practitioners will be
available in September. Please watch this space for further
These booklets have been produced with the
support of Pearson Assessment, Hello
|Feedback on our publications|
Over the past 6 months we have launched a number of new
publications and resources for the Hello campaign
(for a full list please go to the Hello website - www.hello.org.uk/resources).
We very much appreciate your feedback on our publications
to help us when planning future publications and to ensure
they are supporting you at home or in the workplace.
We have produced the following feedback forms and welcome
- Click here
if you use the publication(s) in your workplace as a
- Click here
if you use the publication(s) at home as a parent.
Please send completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
or post to The Communication Trust, 8 Wakley Street, London,
|Update from our Local Advisor,
Over the last couple of
months, we have continued to see lots of local activity
Just this month for
Augusts’ Talk and Go theme, we have seen South Essex
Speech and Language Therapists run a fantastic ‘Speech
on the Beach’ day. They encouraged families to create an
enormous Hello logo on the beach out of
seaweed, stones and shells with 'top tips for talking'
on sandcastle flags.
Also over in Bristol,
families are being encouraged to use a ‘Wow! Gorillas’
hunt around the city to develop their child’s speech and
language. A parent guide has been developed, which
includes talking tips and ideas to follow up at home. It
is all wonderful stuff and please keep sharing your
stories at www.hello.org.uk/yourstories
am working with The Communication Trust on the
Hello campaign until the beginning of March
next year. Part of my role is to support you as
Hello local co-ordinators with your local
Please get in touch if you need any
advice or support or if you just want to talk through
your plans. I am available on 020 7843 2541 or you can
email me at email@example.com
look forward to continuing to work with you!
|A little checklist for this month
- Tested your Communication
Fitness with BT Talk Gym?
- Shared your story
with us, or encouraged a parent or someone else
- Spread the word about No Pens Day
- Sent us your Hello display material for the Parliamentary
- Checked you have all the latest Hello resources?
- Had thoughts or comments on this
newsletter or got a burning question we need to
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|News from our members|
The Communication Trust runs the Hello
campaign and we are one of 40 voluntary sector
organisations who are all members of The Communication Trust
Consortium. We bring together our expertise to ensure that the
speech, language and communication needs of all children and
young people are met through signposting specialist training
support and guidance to people working with children.
From time to time we will share information from other
Trust members that we think may be useful to you.
I CAN Help Enquiry Service
Concerned about a child’s talking, listening and
understanding? I CAN has launched a new service to provide
expert information to parents and practitioners about speech,
language and communication.
I CAN speech and language
therapists can help - whether you would like to check ages and
stages or find out how to support a child with a known speech,
language and communication need.
Call 020 7843 2544 or email email@example.com
to book your free and confidential call-back from a speech and
language therapist. If you would prefer an email response to
your questions please email your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about what our speech and language therapists
can offer at www.ican.org.uk/help.
As this service does not include meeting and assessing
children, we are unable to provide specific advice about a
child or the level of provision they should
KIDS Launch 'Everybody’s
This publication offers all play, leisure and childcare
providers practical advice, activities, and ideas on how best
to include disabled children aged under eight years old in a
range of play settings. Included with the book is a free A2
poster entitled ‘Including All of Us.’
To order your
copy click here.
Talk to Your Baby 2011 Conference
The National Literacy Trust’s Talk To Your Baby campaign is
delighted to announce its 2011 conference,
Foundations for Life: shaping babies' futures in
an evolving landscape. The conference aims to bring
together professionals and practitioners from across the early
years sector to discuss current research and practice around
securing high quality outcomes for babies and young children.
Excitingly, this year’s conference will feature a keynote
speech from the author of the Early Years Foundation Stage
Review, Dame Clare Tickell, Chief Executive of Action for
Children, on improving practice through effective
The conference takes place at the Institute of
Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London, on Friday 4
November 2011. It is designed for anyone working with families
with young children.
There is an early booking price,
so to find out more and book your place click here
is sponsored by:
would like to contact us please call 0207 843 2550 or email email@example.com
The Communication Trust, 8 Wakley Street, London, EC1V
Work is taking place at individual, setting and
strategic levels and we want to hear about what you have done –
whether it’s big or small. This newsletter is an excellent way for
you to share your success stories and learnings so please keep
posting them on the Hello website at www.hello.org.uk/your-stories.
further information or to include a piece in the newsletter please
contact Sandra Telford firstname.lastname@example.org,
0207 843 2530
out of this newsletter please email email@example.com