Understanding the Child: Speech and Language and creative practice

The aim of this three-hour session is to provide practitioners with specific early years speech and language knowledge, which they can then, through a workshop, apply to their practice.

Posted: 09/12/2014

Photo: Sinead Kempley, Rainbow Collective Stay&Play event

The aim of the session is to provide practitioners with early years speech and language
which they can then, through a workshop, apply to creative ideas and
arts practice. This is the second training session, following on from
our successful ‘Understanding the Child: Early Years and Your Creative Practice’ in July 2014.

This training may suit early years practitioners or creative
practitioners wishing to apply speech and language knowledge to creative provision
for the under 5’s (more information on who this is for, see below).

The first part of the session will:

 1. introduce
the stages of typical speech and language development and how language emerges
for children with and without communication difficulties

 2. introduce
adult – child interaction strategies based on the OWL  (Observe – Wait –
Listen) programme

 3. give
you some practical ideas for how to use narrative in small groups of children
including those with additional needs (inspired by the
Speak Out programme)

& more…


9:15 – Coffee

9.25 – First part of session: an overview early years speech and language, key considerations and techniques (see below).

11.25 – Coffee break

Second part of session: Facilitated workshops: in small groups we will discuss ideas
about leading creative provision drawing on the information from the
morning session

12:45 – Conclusion and final discussions

1pm – Close


 Speech and Language and your creative practice

Led by: Joanna Lewins, Speech and Language Therapist

About the trainer:

Jo Lewins is
a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) who has worked with young children and
their families in Lewisham and Kent over 25 years.  She has a particular interest in childrens’
emotional and social well-being    and the effects that communication
difficulties can have on a family or other group dynamic.

She has
worked in Family Centres, Sure Start Childrens’ Centres, nursery settings,
clinic, mainstream schools, and individual homes.  As an SLT, Jo has
experience of organising study days and training for staff from other
disciplines across health and early education.  

Venue: Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, Catford, London SE64JF

Price: We are able to offer a special price of £12.50 with thanks to the kind support of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

Who is this for?

Anyone who works in or commissions early years provision in Lewisham:

  • Practitioners/ educators
    from schools, nurseries, playgroups, crèche, preschools, children’s centres,
    toddlers groups and more
  • Childminders
  • Non arts community
    settings/ VCS orgs
  • Creative practitioners
    working or wanting to work in early years
  • Libraries and health

"Just to say a huge thanks ... I am looking forward to progressing with this project thanks to your support, advice and guidance"

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