Early Talk Boost and Talk Boost arrive in Aberdeen
A blog from Lead Communication Advisor at I CAN, Jill Atkinson
A very warm welcome awaited me when I journeyed to Aberdeen to deliver Talk Boost and Early Talk Boost training. The enthusiastic participants were Speech and Language Therapists and Teachers due to become Scotland’s first I CAN licensed tutors for these two programmes.
I was impressed by the already well developed plans to deliver both of the highly successful programmes across Aberdeen to a wide range of schools and preschools.
Selected children in the schools and preschools involved will therefore soon become the first in Scotland to take part in I CAN’s piloted language development programmes. This means that they will be able to access sessions in these locations that focus specifically on supporting and enabling vital skills for talking.
Research from Talk Boost pilots shows children making an average of 18 months progress in just 10 weeks. The Early Talk Boost pilots demonstrated twice the amount of progress in comparison to children not having the intervention.
So, equipped with teacher manuals, intervention manuals and bags of resources, the Aberdonian Teachers and Speech and Language Therapists are now getting set to deliver local training to staff in schools and preschools. Those staff will then have everything that they need to deliver the intervention programmes to local children in their educational environment.
Those settings who go on to deliver Early Talk Boost to their children will soon get to know Jake & Tizzy and their familiar exploits. There have been rave reviews about the Jake and Tizzy books, which are beautifully illustrated and are provided for each child to take home and share with their parents. News this week revealed that Early Talk Boost has now been delivered in approximately 300 early years settings in the UK.
For those children participating in I CAN’s Talk Boost programme, they will join 30 000 others across the UK. This is the increasingly large group of children who have already had fun working hard to develop crucial skills in speaking and listening.
I am sure that the team of practitioners from Aberdeen will be excellent trainers. We look forward to hearing how they get on!