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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Access to quality training – is now more important than ever

Via training sessions, large or small, informal or more formal, in class groups, for inset days and twilights, or with the therapist working directly alongside staff showing how to support particular children,  Soundswell offer a number of training options (click here to learn more).  Many topics are tier 1 and sit easily at Universal level.  Others are much more specialised.

Universal level training allows access to a range of practical ideas, giving practitioners  strategies which they can pick up and implement virtually immediately.

Clusters and alliances can band together and fund a range of basic training at a very reasonable cost to each individual setting.  This applies equally to nurseries, mainstream and special schools.  There are many well-known commercial courses available   plus locally-developed topics too


For a relatively modest outlay, settings now have a number of tools in their toolkit as they work towards taking on responsibility for speech, language and communication needs.

Settings are now ready to choose targeted approaches which address the needs of children with identified SLCN and no access to specialist help.  There will be commonalities in terms of need across settings (unresolved speech sound problems, poor vocabulary, social skills issues are some examples).


At this level training continues to provide impact, only now settings may choose to host sessions individually or in smaller clusters so that more of their own staff can benefit

Training still has a place at the specialist tier 3 level.  By this point settings will have gained knowledge, skills and expertise.  Staff will be able to identify children whose speech and language is a cause for concern and are gaining in confidence to deliver effective interventions.  However, there will always be some children who need a speech and language therapist to assess and design a specific programme.


Training at tier 3 will be bespoke and can be delivered on a 1-1 basis as the therapist and TA work alongside each other to support individuals or small groups.

Tools in the toolkit at tier 3 are skills to support the most complex children.  In our experience there are very few instances whereby only a therapist can deliver interventions.  With the right training and interest TAs can make a huge impact.  They will then take forward those skills to begin to work with other children coming through with similar difficulties.

Reference: RCSLT: Bulletin December 2018

Contact us if you want to know more:- info@soundswellspeech.com