Educational setting Training Packages

The following Courses are provided by Adult and Child Therapy Centre to Parents and Professionals. All Courses can be adapted and tailored to the needs of the audience.
Through the ongoing therapy and assessments that are provided within the Clinic, we are aware that educating Parents and early years Educators is more important than ever with the diversity of children entering into education with a difficulty. Our aim is to bring together all who are involved in a young child’s life, in order to ensure they are given the best opportunity possible.

Please click on each Course below for more details. Contact us on 01 278 9516or email us at info@adultandchildtherapy.ie for booking and questions: Our Team is looking forward to hear from you!

Speech, Language and Communication Courses



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Language & Communication (Early language Development – 0-5 years)

Targets: Preschool/nursery teachers, teaching assistants and other professionals working with children between 0-5 years in a preschool setting as well as parents of children between 0-5 years.

Objective: Develop understanding of typical language development in young children and ways to foster communication and language within this age group.

Outline: 2-hour seminar that covers the following:
• Overview of communication, interaction and language and what they mean
• How and why we interact and communicate
• Overview of early years communication
• Milestones children reach from birth to 5 years as they learn language
• Ways to foster language and communication in the home and preschool environment, looking at:
– Developing a communication rich environment
– Creating opportunities for communication
– Communication styles of children
– Communication styles of communication partners, i.e. teachers and parents
• Toys, books and other resources that encourage language and learning
• Communication and learning – how one influences the other
• Identifying when there should be a concern regarding a child’s communication, speech, language or interaction.


Working with Children with Communication needs – The role of the Teacher within the Preschool Classroom Setting

Targets: Schoolteachers and teaching assistants working with children in an educational setting that have communication difficulties and needs.

Objective: Develop understanding of speech, language and communication and how they develop as well as identifying and working with children who have communication needs, including those with communication difficulties associated with a diagnosis, i.e. autism, developmental delay, dyspraxia

Outline: 2 x 3-hour seminar that covers the following:

  • Overview of communication, interaction and language and what they mean
  • How and why we interact and communicate
  • Overview of communication and it’s relevance in education
  • Milestones children reach as they learn language
  • An overview of speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Identifying when there should be a concern regarding a child’s communication, speech, language or interaction
  • Language difficulties associated with specific developmental disorders:

Autism

Developmental delay

Down Syndrom

Speech delays/disorders

  • The role of the speech therapist in the classroom
  • Creating a communication friendly learning environment

– Visual aids

– Teaching techniques

– Language use

  • Overview of strategies to facilitate communication in non verbal children

– Signing

– Picture based communication

– Technology, communication and learning

  • Resources that encourage language and learning
  • Case examples – how to practically implement information and knowledge from seminar.

 

Living with Children with Communication needs – The role of the Family and Home Environment

Targets: Parents, siblings and any other family members with children who have communication difficulties and needs.

Objective: Develop understanding of speech, language and communication and how they develop as well as identifying and working with children who have communication needs, including those with communication difficulties associated with a diagnosis, i.e. autism, developmental delay, dyspraxia

Outline: 2 x 3-hour seminar that covers the following:

  • Overview of communication, interaction and language and what they mean
  • How and why we interact and communicate
  • Overview of communication and it’s relevance to childhood development
  • Milestones children reach as they learn language
  • An overview of speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Identifying when there should be a concern regarding a child’s communication, speech, language or interaction
  • Language difficulties associated with specific developmental disorders:

Autism

Developmental delay

Down Syndrome

Speech delays/disorders

  • The role of the speech therapist
  • Creating a communication friendly learning environment

Visual aids

Teaching techniques

Language use

  • Overview of strategies to facilitate communication in non verbal children:

Signing

Picture based communication

Technology, communication and learning

  • Resources that encourage language and learning
  • Case examples – how to practically implement information and knowledge from seminar.

 

Fostering Language within a Learning and Home Environment – A Practical Workshop

Targets: Parents, teachers and any other professionals who communicate with children who have communication difficulties and needs on an ongoing basis.

Objective: Develop understanding of speech, language and communication, how and why we communicate and how to foster language in a child with communication needs

Outline: 3-hour seminar, 1 hour theory and 2 hours practical that covers the following,

  • Overview of communication, interaction and language and what they mean
  • How and why we interact and communicate
  • Overview of communication and it’s relevance to childhood development
  • Milestones children reach as they learn language
  • An overview of speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Creating a communication friendly learning environment

Visual aids

Teaching techniques

Language use

  • Overview of strategies to facilitate communication in non verbal children

Signing

Picture based communication

Technology, communication and learning

  • Resources that encourage language and learning
  • Case examples – how to practically implement information and knowledge from seminar.

 

Communication & Behavior – Creating a Positive Communication Environment

Targets: Teachers, teaching assistants and any other professionals who work with children who have communication and behavioral difficulties.

Objective: Develop understanding of speech, language and communication, how communication is linked to behavior as well as creating positive communication to target unwanted behaviors

Outline: 3-hour seminar, 2 hours theory and 1 hour practical that cover the following,

  • Overview of communication and behavior and what they mean
  • The science of behavior
  • How and why we interact and communicate
  • Overview of communication and it’s relevance to childhood and behavior development
  • An overview of speech, language and communication difficulties and their influence on behavior
  • The role of the speech therapist and behavior specialist in communication and behavior – seeking guidance
  • Fostering a positive behavior environment – behavior techniques in the classroom

Positive reinforcement

Visual aids

Teaching techniques

Language use

  • Case examples – how to practically implement information and knowledge from seminar.

 

Augmenting Communication – Interacting with Children who are non – verbal Communicators

Targets: Parents, teachers, teaching assistants and any other professionals who interact with children who are non-verbal communicators on an on-going basis.

Objective: Develop understanding of communication, verbal and non-verbal and how to develop communication supports for a child who is a non-verbal communicator

Outline: 2-hour seminar that covers the following,

  • Overview of communication and types of communication including

How and why we interact and communicate

Verbal communication

Non-verbal communication

  • Non- verbal communication – how it presents
  • Disorders and diagnoses associated with non-verbal communication
  • The role of the speech therapist in non-verbal communication – seeking guidance
  • Fostering a communication environment for a non-verbal communicator at home and in the classroom:

Visual aids

Objects of reference

Picture based communication

Signing

Teaching techniques

Language use

Augmentative and alternative communication and technology

  • Case examples – how to practically implement information and knowledge from seminar.

 

Autism & Communication – Communication and Interaction with Children who have Autism

Targets: Parents, teachers, teaching assistants and any other professionals who interact with children who have a diagnosis of autism on an on-going basis.

Objective: Develop understanding of autism and communication, the nature of autism as well as the difficulties associated with having this diagnosis. Increase awareness of strategies and approaches to interacting and communicating with a child with autism and enhancing their development

Outline: 3-hour seminar that covers the following,

  • Overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the spectrum of autism
  • General development and autism – a profile of a child with autism
  • Communication and autism – the strengths and needs of a child with autism
  • The role of the speech therapist – developing communication and a communication plan
  • Fostering a communication environment for a child with autism at home and in the classroom:

Visual aids

Objects of reference

Picture based communication

Signing

Teaching techniques

Language use

Augmentative and alternative communication and technology

  • Autism and behavior
  • Case examples – how to practically implement information and knowledge from seminar.

 

Specific Speech & Language Impairment (SSLI) – Communication and Interaction for with Children who have SSLI

Targets: Parents, teachers, teaching assistants and any other professionals who interact with children that have a diagnosis of SSLI on an on-going basis.

Objective: Develop understanding of SSLI and communication, the nature of SSLI as well as the difficulties associated with having this diagnosis. Increase awareness of strategies and approaches to interacting and communicating with a child with SSLI and enhancing their development and learning

Outline: 2-hour seminar that covers the following,

  • Overview of SSLI and it’s diagnosis
  • A profile of a child with SSLI – how it manifests in children as they develop
  • Communication and SSLI – the strengths and needs of a child with SSLI
  • The role of the speech therapist – developing communication and a communication plan
  • Fostering a communication environment for a child with SSLI at home and in the classroom

Compensatory strategies

Implementing communication goals in the curriculum

Adapting the curriculum to maximize learning

Teaching techniques

Language use

Visual aids and supports

  • Toys, books and resources that are useful for developing communication and language in this population
  • Case examples – how to practically implement information and knowledge from seminar.

 

Communication & Learning Disability–  Communication & Interaction for with Children who have a Learning/Intellectual Disability

Targets: Parents, teachers, teaching assistants and any other professionals who interact with children that have a diagnosis of a learning/intellectual disability on an on-going basis.

Objective: Develop understanding of learning/intellectual disability and communication, the nature of having a learning/intellectual disability as well as the difficulties associated with having this diagnosis. Increase awareness of strategies and approaches to interacting and communicating with a child with a learning/intellectual disability and enhancing their development and learning

Outline: 2-hour seminar that covers the following,

  • Overview of learning/intellectual disability and it’s diagnosis
  • The spectrum of learning/intellectual disability – mild, moderate, severe
  • A profile of a child with learning/intellectual disability – how it manifests in children as they develop
  • Diagnoses and disorders associated with learning/intellectual disability, i.e. Down Syndrome
  • Communication and learning/intellectual disability – the strengths and needs of a child with this diagnosis
  • The role of the speech therapist – developing communication and a communication plan
  • Fostering a communication environment for a child with learning/intellectual disability at home and in the classroom

Compensatory strategies

Implementing communication goals in the curriculum

Adapting the curriculum to maximize learning

Teaching techniques

Language use

Visual aids and supports

  • Toys, books and resources useful for developing language and communication in this population
  • Case examples – how to practically implement information and knowledge from seminar.

 

Communication and Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) – Communication and Interaction for with Children who have CAPD

Targets: Parents, teachers, teaching assistants and any other professionals who interact with children that have a diagnosis of CAPD on an on-going basis.

Objective: Develop understanding of CAPD and communication, the nature of having CAPD as well as the difficulties associated with having this diagnosis. Increase awareness of strategies and approaches to interacting and communicating with a child with CAPD and enhancing their development and learning

Outline: 2-hour seminar that covers the following,

  • Overview of CAPD and it’s diagnosis
  • A profile of a child with CAPD – how it manifests in children as they develop
  • Communication and CAPD – the strengths and needs of a child with this diagnosis
  • The role of the speech therapist – developing communication and a communication plan
  • Fostering a communication environment for a child with CAPD at home and in the classroom

Compensatory strategies

Implementing communication goals in the curriculum

Adapting the curriculum to maximize learning

Teaching techniques

Language use

Visual aids and supports

  • Toys, books and resources useful for developing language and communication in this population
  • Case examples – how to practically implement information and knowledge from seminar.

 

Speech & Language Therapy – An Overview of the Profession and the role of a Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT)

Targets: Professionals who are interested in the work of an SaLT as well as those who work with children with communication needs

Objective: Develop understanding of speech and language therapy, the role of the SaLT and the nature and scope of their work. The seminar looks at the role of the SaLT within the multidisciplinary team and how they work alongside other professionals to implement communication strategies and goals.

Outline: 1.5 -hour seminar that covers the following:

  • Overview of communication and what it means
  • How and why we communicate
  • Breakdown in communication – difficulties in communication
  • Disorders and diagnoses associated with communication difficulties
  • The role of the SaLT, including

Assessment

Diagnosis

Intervention

  • The role of the SaLT in a multidisciplinary team – what to expect
  • Working with other professionals – case examples
  • Seeking advice/help from an SaLT.

 

SMART Goals – Developing SMART Goals in the Educational/Clinical Setting

Targets: Professionals who are involved in goal setting in the educational and clinical environment

Objective: Develop an understanding of goal setting within the educational and clinical environment and the function of goals and targets.

Outline: 1 -hour seminar that covers the following:

  • Overview of the function of goal setting
  • SMART goals – overview
  • Implementing SMART goals in the clinical/educational setting
  • Case examples – implementing SMART goals on a practical basis.

 

Education, Technology & Apps – Using Technology & Apps in Education

Targets: Professionals who are involved in education and childhood learning

Objective: Develop an understanding of the role of technology and apps in education and learning.

Outline: 1 -hour seminar that covers the following,

  • Overview of the types of technology and their use in education
  • Educational apps

Overview of education apps

Communication apps

Apps for disabilities

  • Case examples – integrating technology into learning and education.