Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) training

If you work with children, I can support you through every aspect of their speech, language, and communication (SLC) development. I was a speech and language therapist for over 20 years and have worked in both the NHS and the private sector in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. I specialise in the early years, both within speech disorders/delays and language delays/disorders. I am passionate about early intervention and prevention. Please note that I do not offer private one-to-one speech and language therapy for individual children.

Private Session

£350 for a private session for your staff only, allowing opportunities to discuss particular children in your setting. This would be a date that suits your nursery. Please contact me for more information regarding this.

Zoom Session

£40 per staff member in a zoom training, with other early years practitioners, again with the opportunity to ask specific questions, whilst maintaining confidentiality. This would be at a date set by myself (usually an evening 7-9pm)

Recorded session

£50 for a recording of the training as a webinar, without the opportunity to ask specific questions or have any interaction with the trainer (i.e. me) You could watch at your own leisure and you have unlimited access to how many times your watch it.

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Training for Early Years Settings

As a speech and language therapist and nursery owner/manager, I have trained over 900 early years practitioners in an early intervention project up here in Scotland and the training was well received as it gave practical tips on how to help ALL children and how to identify whether a child did need onward referral. It also empowered staff to support the children who they had referred whilst they were waiting for them to be seen, as well as broaching the subject with parents.

With Covid getting in the way of face-to-face training, I have been delivering Speech, Language and Communication training via Zoom for other nurseries recently. I’ve had some lovely feedback, so if you are interested in your staff receiving training, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

“I thought you delivered it brilliantly, it flowed really well, you aimed it just right for our staff without using jargon or blinding them with science. The handouts are really useful, the building blocks posters are now displayed in both settings as good prompts and reminders. Your wealth of experience, interest and enthusiasm for SLC shone through.”


(Please note, these are the updated prices starting in April 2022)

Contents covered:

  • how sounds are produced in the mouth

  • how we categorise / describe sounds

  • phonological processes – what are they?

  • speech sound development

  • different types of speech sound disorders

Length of Webinar: 32 minutes

Cost: £10.00

Watch this webinar on Cued Articulation, a set of hand gestures to represent sounds. Please note, I would only recommend introducing this to children aged 3 and above once they have good language skills.

Contents covered:

  • What is cued articulation?

  • A brief recap of how we categorise / describe sounds

  • Cued articulation versus other gestures

  • All the gestures for cued articulation

Length of Webinar: 28 minutes

Cost: £10.00

Watch this webinar on Raising Attainment by Boosting Early Language

Contents covered:

  • Why Focus on language in the early years?

  • Developing Communication Profiles

  • Universal Approaches

  • Targeted Approaches

  • Early Identification

Length of Webinar: 33 minutes

Cost: £10.00

Contact me for more information

The training that I recommend as a starting point is 2 x 2 hour sessions – usually over 2 twilight or evening sessions one week apart. This gives staff the opportunity to think about what we have discussed in between sessions. The first week covers:
•The importance of speech, language and communication for children’s wellbeing and learning
•What impacts upon speech, language, and communication development.
•The difference between speech and language and communication
•The building blocks of language.
•How speech, language and communication develop
•A look at Communication-Friendly Environments

Then the second session is as follows:

• providing opportunities for listening and talking
•effective everyday strategies to support speech language and communication.
•talking to parents about their child’s speech language and communication.
•recognising a problem in speech language and communication development and knowing how to support it
•understanding when to refer to speech and language therapy department.
•an opportunity to ask specific questions about children