A Chance To Talk…In Kirkby Presented by: Jill Dancer & Steve Dixon Date: 18 th Manchester 2013. Introductions. Jill Dancer Performance Manager Integrated Targeted & Specialist Child Health Service Community Health Services 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
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A Chance To Talk…In Kirkby
Presented by: Jill Dancer & Steve Dixon
Date: 18th Manchester 2013
Child poverty in Kirkby Central - good speech and language skills seen as a key to tackling disadvantage
Early Years Initiatives:
Early Years Speech and Language Project
Early Talk accreditation with ICAN
Make Chatter Matter in Kirkby – road show
Strong partnership working already in place – allowed formation of the Operational Governance Group for ACTT
Training for teaching staff and TAs
TA Training on delivering programmes
A Chance to Talk (ACTT) supports schools to develop a coherent school based strategy for improving the language and communication skills
of children aged 4-7.
Third sector organisations (ICAN, The Communication Trust) lead management of the programme and developed materials, resources, training for the programme e.g. the Wave 2 ‘catch up’ intervention, a tool for identifying children requiring support at Waves 2 and 3.
Built on what was already in place in ICAN’s Primary Talk programme e.g. tools to audit the school environment to see how well it supports children’s communication, and training programmes for class teachers
Worked with schools in the pilot to develop a model which met their requirements – identified through interview and audit.
Focuses on early identification and intervention: children aged 4-7
ACTT employs a similar model to that used in Every Child a Reader and Every Child Counts
A speech and language therapist employed by a cluster of schools
Increased levels of expertise available in school enables all the children to be supported effectively and makes the whole school environment communication friendly
Tackles both the language and communication difficulties linked to social disadvantage and those linked to Special Educational Needs / Language impairment
Involvedpiloting an evidence informed “catch up” programme delivered by trained teaching assistants and/or volunteers for children whose language skills was just below the norm.
Provides 1-1 or small group support with a language specialist for children who have more persistent difficulties
Provides information and support to families appropriate to their child’s specific needs
A series of training modules that:
whose language skills are just below the norm –
narrows the gap
3 times a week over a 10 week period
For children who have more persistent difficulties:
SLT assessment and intervention plan
Small group / individual support delivered by trained and supervised LSA +/or SLT
Information and support to families appropriate to their child’s specific needs
An ACTT coordinator – on SMT
Commitment to staff training and development (both TA and teaching staff)
Data for baseline/post intervention
Support for interventions – wave 2 and 3
Enthusiasm and lots of feedback
Co-located with child health team:
From Autumn 2010 – July 2012
Staff have more awareness of SLC/N and an increased understanding of the role of the SLT
They are more able to identify which children need wave 2 and which need wave 3 intervention
They have developed communication supportive classrooms
They have found the wave 2 intervention (Talk Boost) really valuable, and it has had a significant impact on children’s language levels
Children who would otherwise not get to clinic have been able to access SLT support on a regular basis
“Staff in the schools involved have commented positively, not just on changes in children’s language, but on their confidence and their readiness to learn and engage in activities with their peers.”
An evidence base that demonstrates improved outcomes for children and families and cost effectiveness
Improvement in the knowledge, skills, practice and confidence of all school staff in addressing the needs of children with SLCN
Enhanced the language and communication skills of all children in the project schools and ensure that those who need additional help are identified and supported early
Accelerated the rate of progress of children with delayed language – “closing the gap” between them and their peers
Ensure children with more persistent difficulties are effectively supported to maximise their progress and access the wider curriculum
A Chance To Talk In Kirkby
July 2012 – August 2013
Original 7 project schools plus 5 new schools
Since September 2012 - 66 children seen for assessment (or reassessed from first phase of project).
43 children currently being seen for 1:1 therapy or group therapy with advice for support in the classroom.
15 children being supported through advice / programmes.
8 children discharged.
Parents encouraged to attend sessions where possible
In the Kirkby Collaborative a further commitment from schools allowed for the pilot to continue beyond its expiry- all primary schools in Kirkby were able to access the programme - this is now likely to be extended for a further two years from Sept. 2013
A family of primary schools in the Central area of Knowsley have worked together with ICAN to access TalkBoost Training.
Jill & Steve will be speaking to the Collaborative of schools in the Southern area of Knowsley about ACTTIK in the near future.