SSLEUTHS is a screening tool for school staff concerned about a child’s language development. The assessment is designed for use with school-aged children with special needs and learning difficulties: however, it can also be used for any child for whom language development is causing concern,regardless of educational placement.
Why is it important to identify a child’s level of understanding?
There is an assumption that we know what the children we work with can understand. In reality many staff not only feel under-confident, but also at a loss as to how to go about an accurate and reliable assessment. Over--estimating a child’s understanding will mean that your language will be pitched too high and valuable teaching and learning opportunities will be lost. Pitched too low (if you under-estimate) means chances to stretch and develop the child are wasted.
Four essentials to keep in mind:
But there are pitfalls! Children are very good at picking up clues from the people around them and their immediate environment: they catch on to routines, non-verbal cues and, in a group situation, are likely to just copy others.
Using SSLEUTHS takes away all the guesswork. It covers the ‘who’, ‘what’ ‘why’ & ‘how’ when determining levels of understanding.
Some of the key points addressed by SSLEUTHS
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Talk to us about how SSLEUTHS training could make a positive impact in your setting. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org