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POSTPONED - peech Sounds in the Early Years

*Silver Level - Giving Voice Award* Open to all Early Years Practitioners and settings participating in the Giving Voice Award. *See Booking Information for further details*


The aim of the course is to provide delegates with an overview of how speech sounds typically develop and share advice and strategies to support speech sound development in young children. The course explores the common simplification processes children use when developing their speech, along with some atypical patterns and risk factors to be aware of that might suggest a speech sound difficulty.


Speech sound skills in young children follow certain typical patterns of development. This course aims to guide you through the ages and stages of speech development and the common simplification patterns young children exhibit as they are learning these skills. We will explore the things to be aware of that might indicate a child to have a speech sound difficulty, including atypical patterns of development. Along with a focus on the factors impacting on unclear speech, we share knowledge on a range of strategies and activities that can be utilised by delegates to support early speech development. We also look at the vital links between speech processing skills and literacy development.

The course ties in with the Trafford Assessment of Speech Sounds (TASS), which is reviewed in this session as a means of supporting delegates to identify and support speech sound development and know when to refer to Speech and Language Therapy (SLT).


By the end of the course practitioners will:
  • Know the typical pattern of development of English consonant sounds.
  • Understand what is meant by the terms ‘articulation’ and ‘phonology’ and the difference between them.
  • Have knowledge of how prolonged dummy and/or bottle use can negatively impact on speech sound development.
  • Be able to recognise the impact of glue ear on speech development.
  • Know of a range of common simplification processes and be able to give a brief definition/example of each one.
  • Have a toolkit of strategies to support children’s speech development.
  • Understand the links between speech processing and literacy development.
  • Understand what is meant by phonological awareness.
  • Be confident in using and interpreting the TASS when there are concerns about unclear speech.
  • Know when and how to refer a child with a speech sound difficulty to SLT.

Booking Information

You will be charged 100% of the course cost seven days before the course start date. This is applicable for all courses.

If the setting is participating in the Giving Voice Award they must have a nominated person as their Communication Champion who has completed Bronze level.
For information relating to the Giving Voice Recognition Award please refer to the FAQs

Free parking is available onsite.
Refreshments will be provided


If the setting is participating in the Giving Voice Award then delegates MUST have attended Communication Champion OR Nursery Talk before booking a place on this course.

30 Jun 2020 18:30 - 20:30

Early Years and Childcare Training
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Date and Time

30 Jun 2020 18:30 - 20:30


Sale West Conference Centre (Room / 1), 120 Manor Avenue, Sale, Cheshire, M33 5JX


Marie Ferreira
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