In February 2000 Liverpool City Council in partnership with Liverpool PCT (now
Liverpool Community Health) and ICAN set up a resource for pre-school pupils
with severe and specific speech and language difficulties. The resource was an
immediate success and since 2000 has supported a huge number of children and
their families. This has been either at the base at Mab Lane School or in an
outreach capacity to Early Years settings across the city.
In order to facilitate receptive and expressive language development, the team
have used Signalong to support their work. Many parents/carers and Early Years
Practitioners have attended training sessions to find out more about the value of
signing and to learn a repertoire of signs to use in their setting.
The popularity of the training has lead to the production of this manual. In the
manual there are over 200 signs that proved invaluable in the early year's
environment. These are all functional signs which, when used along with the
spoken word, promote the understanding of language and support children as
they develop intelligible speech.
Signing is fun and children who do not have any speech and language difficulties
enjoy learning these skills too. For those pupils who need some extra support to
develop their language, signing can help build confidence, lessen frustration and
encourage the development of new vocabulary.
This is an excellent resource and I am sure it will become a key reference
document for all those working to help children with SLCN