Following the government's "Every Child A Talker" programme to improve young children's speaking and listening skills, this easy-to-read guide offers expert advice on:
- The basics of good communication
- Creating a communication-friendly environment
- How to observe listening and speaking skills, and what children should attaining at different ages in the early years
- Developing English language skills with speakers of other languages
- Involving parents in helping develop their children's communication skills
About the author
This book is written by Janet Cooper, a Speech and Language Therapist and Project Lead on the Stoke Speaks Out Project, which has sucessfully improved children's language development throughout Stoke-on-Trent.
"The Early Years Communication Handbook is a comprehensive, practical guidebook for early years practitioners to help children develop good listening, understanding, speaking and communication skills. With her extensive experience through the development and leadership of the pioneering Stoke Speaks Out project, Janet Cooper has covered all aspects of early communication in this book, guiding practitioners through the necessary processes to ensure good support for young children’s early communication. Technical aspects are covered with clarity, as are subjects such as creating suitable settings, involving parents and supporting bilingual learning, all ably supported with illustrations by Cathy Hughes."
Liz Attenborough, Campaign Manager, Talk To Your Baby, National Literacy Trust.
"This book is a 'one stop shop' for advice about how to create a communication friendly setting ... there are many practical ideas and much information is included in a format accessible to a range of practitioners."
Elinor Pepperell, Early Language Consultant.
"A well present [Sic] book with clear understandable information, excellent classroom resource"
Bernadette Turner, Lecturer, Dudley College.
"Photocopiable sheets are a valuable resource that can be used in lessons, planning & reviewing areas of development. The Top Tips for supporting listening skills is very good and the Stages of development are very clear and easy to understand."
Gillian Ellis, Lecturer, CAMSFC.