Provider: Marion Nash, Chartered Educational Psychologist
The Spirals course provides an effective strategy which can be built upon to practitioners who are supporting linguistically vulnerable children. The Upward Spirals course is clearly about input and output in terms of language. This includes activities to support listening, looking, understanding what is said. A key point is that we may assume that when we teach a concept (input) the child will naturally make this part of their talk (output). However in Spirals it is emphasised that we cannot assume this. For many children we need to ensure that the output follows the input, i.e. that the child not only understands, but can also express their understanding through talk. In Spirals there is a clear balance between these elements. Activities support both understanding and use of language concepts. The use of multi visual and kinaesthetic cues supports the laying down of memories and also recall of those memories.
Plus there are strands which repeat throughout the sessions which reinforce key concepts. Practitioners are encouraged to look for these and to work with them through the practical activities provided for them. The presenter will also demonstrate to the whole group the psychology behind the Spirals process using examples of the activities, giving a rationale.
Practitioners are encouraged throughout the day to look at the impact of their presentation and teaching style on the children’s development.
Ameliorating the impact of stress upon language function is emphasised and strategies suggested. Part of the afternoon session is intended to support practitioner confidence in using puppets to engage children in effective communication.
How to book
Telephone: 07968 441598
Strands on the SLCF (Speech, Language and Communication Framework)