ECaT Club Meeting Spring 2016 9th March at

ECaT Club Meeting Spring 2016 9th March at Pickles Coppice 10th March at Start Point Sholing Feedback from Autumn Club Gap Task: How did you get on with sharing & using the signed version of Humpty Dumpty? Lets talk Narrative groups & the Narrative Approach: - Identification of appropriate children for groups [number of

sessions attended/stability of group participants/how identified] - Ring-fenced time & place [needs leader/manager on board] - Group resources [prepared & readily available] - Planning already done! - Who is delivering the groups? [opportunities for shadowing etc?] - Narrative Workshop available [1 hour approx] from Jan - How to record progress & show impact? pre & post data e.g. picture description task [ Pre: it done that Post: that a goose its flapping its wings] - This is an Approach i.e evidenced best practise: you are NOT doing Narrative Therapy Support for Narrative Groups from Solent NHS SLTA

Tina Doherty is SLTA who covers Southampton She is offering 4 sessions of support to settings who request it, to help set up & observe practitioners in settings running narrative groups as long as there is at least ONE CHILD in the setting who has SLT support/programme/targets that include narrative work Tinas role is NOT to run narrative groups for you; she is able to mentor/coach/support the practitioner(s) who are taking it on

The 4 sessions will work like this: 1. Tina will run TWO sessions for you to observe [children already selected; not necessarily from beginning if you have already started; within same week] 2. Then there will be a gap [to be negotiated with Tina} of a few weeks 3. Tina will support you running one session, then observe another [offer guidance/advice etc if needed] Accessing Support From Tina Several settings have already indicated their interest but of those only 6

settings actually have an appropriate SLT caseload child, which is the crucial factor To request support, please contact Jan via email: [email protected] I will then contact Tina, who will confirm whether she is able to help that setting

Tina will then contact the setting to make arrangements Tinas work is supported by 2 SLTs in the city: Kylie Muir-Webb on the West & Michelle Riceman on the East PLEASE DONT PUT OFF STARTING TO RUN NARRATIVE GROUPS EITHER IF YOU CANT ACCESS TINA OR IF YOURE WAITING FOR HER TO START WITH YOU!!!!! This is potentially a successful way to support reasonably large numbers of your At Risk of Delay children: its evidence-based; its straightforward; its fun IT WORKS!!!!

Resources Jake & Tizzy: series of 8 books, based on everyday familiar activities that children find easy to relate to; they are specifically designed to support language development at preschool; available from ICAN 39.99 www.ican.org.uk Particularly good for your funded 2 year olds perhaps? INTEGRATED REVIEW http ://ncb.org.uk/media/1201160/ncb_integrated_review_s upporting_materials_for_practitioners_march_2015.pdf Training Opportunities

Makaton Taster Sessions in 2016: take leaflet/booking form if you are interested (especially if you have a child/children in your setting for whom MAKATON signing has been recommended by the Solent NHS SLT ECaT Training Options in 2016: Universal Phase 1: offered to whole staff teams or as Catch-Up for practitioners new to the setting essential INITIAL ECaT course: 3 hrs or twilights Universal Phase 2: currently offered only to whole staff teams: 3 hrs or twilights Introduction to Signing & Communication: offered to whole staff teams or as Catch-Up for practitioners new to the setting: 3hrs or twilights Audit Guidance

Booklet produced by Sally: examples on tables Available as a Word document, will be sent out as an attachment with the Club minutes Any burning concerns about the audit? Any difficulties around the spreadsheet from ANYCOMS Next data collection: from Monday 13th June 2016 please ensure forms are returned to ANYCOMS by the end of that week if possible Delving into the Roots Thinking about the ECaT Tree: The roots of communication development from birth are: Listening & Attention; Social Communication These skills are ESSENTIAL pre-linguistic skills that form

the foundation for the development of later more obvious language skills Listening skills: including localisation of sound, identification of different sounds, development of auditory discrimination skills Attention skills: including supporting & extending attention span [Reynell], developing focused joint attention & Shared Sustained Thinking Social Communication skills: including eye contact & turn taking Building Blocks for Early Communication development Communication between 2 people involves looking at each other, listening

& attending to the other person & waiting for your turn to respond Young children often have difficulties in one or more of these pre-linguistic areas Link to ECaT Child Monitoring Tool Eye Contact Poor or fleeting eye contact affects normal social interaction. Looking at the speakers face provides important information about language through facial expression, gestures etc. Prolonging eye contact is an important skill that needs to be developed before true communication can begin

Turn Taking Turn taking is very important in the development of communication If people talk together & dont wait their turn, there is communicative breakdown This skill normally develops early in infants, from birth, long before they can talk Many children have poorly developed turn taking skills Attention Working on attention aims to extend the time a child can attend to or concentrate on an

activity There is a hierarchy of ability in this area, from attending to the childs own choice of activity, to an adult directed activity in a 1-1 situation, then to attending in a group activity Poor attention skills impinge on every aspect of learning, but in particular a child needs a reasonable level of attention control before he/ she can begin to understand language Listening The ability to detect sound & attach meaning to it is the most important basic fundamental building block for language development

Many children have poor listening skills which affects their ability to learn & understand the spoken word Work in this area will have a huge impact on language development Language Through Listening Activity Pack A pack of activities & ideas to develop pre-linguistic skills in preschool children

Activities described & picture resources provided Ideally the activities will be offered to small groups of children frequently but for short periods of time Need to consider location, as may need to reduce background noise & visual distractions Lots of repetition will be required for each activity

Planning for 6 group sessions are included Published by Black Sheep press Available as a pdf which we will send out with the Club minutes HAVE A LOOK THROUGH THE PACKS What do you think? Can you see already how you might use this pack in your setting?

The Bucket Approach Over to Diana ! Signed Nursery Rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep The ECaT Big Share Your opportunity to share any successes, changes in practice or thinking as a result of an ECaT related activity or event

ECaT Club Dates Tuesday 5th July 2016: 9.30-11.30 am at Start Point Sholing Tuesday 5th July 2016: 12.30-2.30 pm at Start Point Sholing Wednesday 6th July 2016: 9.30-11.30 am at Pickles Coppice Gap Task Share Language Through Listening Pack with your team Use at least 3 of the activities in the pack with individual children or with a small group Aim to work through the 6 group sessions with at least 1 identified group of children

between now & the next Club meeting in July Tell us how it went next time what worked well, what wasnt so good & why you have come to these conclusions

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