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Communication Matters - creative communication with children with special educational needs

Event/course Code EYC 18/057
Event/course type Course
Number of sessions 1  
Event/course summary Over 7% of children under 5 year have speech, language and communication needs. This course explores the importance of communication in both early years play and learning. The course will examine why we communicate and how we communicate ,highlighting some of the communication barriers and challenges faced by many of the children we work with. Participants will be introduced to a range of communication tools and strategies to assist and aid their practice. Participants will be encouraged to consider how they could adapt their own environments to aid better communication within their setting.
Aims This course will:

- Establish what we mean by communication- what it is, how and why do we do it?

- Introduce the basic building blocks for effective communication.

- Identify key barriers to communication.

- Have a greater awareness of total communication approaches.

- Explore the different types of communication methods and aids available.

- Identify how the learning environment can have an impact upon a child's communication. 
Learning outcomes - skills and knowledge By the end of the course participants will be able to:

- Describe the role and function of communication and identify some of the factors that can affect this.

- Identify the different ways in which people communicate.

- Explain the different ways that people may show that they have understood communication (or not).

- Consider how you will identify a child’s preferred communication methods.

- Consider how your practice and your learning environment could be adapted.

Intended impact on practice Participants will feel more confident in identifying potential barriers and challenges to a child’s communication and will be able to draw on their own knowledge and resources to assist and support the child to be understood. Participants will have acquired a greater level of confidence in using total communication methods and be able to successfully apply them when developing play and learning opportunities.
Additional event/course information The start time of 1.15pm allows 15 minutes for registration and arrival.
Who is this event for? All Early Years staff, managers, leaders, early years practitioners, SENCO's 
Lead Trainer
Trainers Ruth Poyser
Information about trainer(s) Ruth is a freelance SEND trainer and consultant with over 20 years experience of working with children and young people and their families with special educational needs and disabilities. Ruth is a qualified social worker and has worked in both operational and strategic roles for a number of London Local Authorities on the implementation of Aiming High and the SEND Reforms. Ruth is passionate and committed to ensuring that children and young people with SEND are supported to reach their full potential. 
Subject Areas Child Development / Early Years & Foundation Stage / SEN (Special Educational Needs)
Key Stages
Foundation No KS1 Yes KS2 Yes KS3 Yes KS4 Yes KS5 Yes 14-19/24 Yes 
Event/course administrator Samreen Zamir (
Event/course organiser Alison Strickland
Event/course costs
Richmond and Wandsworth statutory organisation and Wandsworth school£50.00
Wandsworth voluntary or community organisation and Richmond voluntary or community organisation (adult services)£50.00
Wandsworth private, independent or academy school / organisation and Richmond private organisation (adult services)£50.00
Out of Wandsworth borough school or organisation (children's services) / out of Richmond and Wandsworth organisation (adult services)£65.00
SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Thursday 21 June 201813:15 - 16:30West Hill Children's CentreMap