How do babies move from ‘just crying’ to being able to say to you ‘Where does the sun go?’ by age 5?

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This training programme is for educational practitioners who are interested in finding out how children become ‘communicators’ developing and using speech, language and interactional skills. It has been designed to be delivered over 3 half day sessions. However, participants are welcome to just attend the session/sessions that interest them the most.

Session1: How do babies become communicators and what is the role of the adult and the environment?
Tues 22nd Jan 2019 2.30pm until 5.30pm

We will look at the physical, cognitive, social and linguistic development of children from birth to five years using the Early Years foundation stage framework as guidance. The session will link the latest cognitive, personal and social development and linguistic theories about how babies become ‘communicators’ from birth.

  • Over the course of this workshop, you will examine:
  • The role of neonatal development and families in future communicative development
  • What babies have to do to become communicators that adults ‘understand’.
  • What babies need to have provided for them to become communicators.
  • The importance of nonverbal communication and emotional resilience.
  • Examination of babies developing skills from DVD clips
  • Implications for settings supporting babies and vulnerable 2 year olds

Session2: What must take place for young children to be able to produce and understand language?
Tues 29th January, 2.30pm until 5.30pm

We will look at what occurs in young children so that they are able to understand and produce the language of the environment they live in. This is a fascinating area of study and we will look at what the ‘mistakes’ children produce whilst learning tell you about their stage of development.

Over the course of this workshop you will examine:

  • The development of comprehension skills in children from birth to five years: from key word and intonational understanding, over generalisation to comprehension of linguistic grammatical structures including verb tense.
  • The development of expressive language skills from ‘sounds with meaning’ to words to the production of nearly grammatically correct utterances of adults.
  • Children’s utterances and misunderstandings and that tells adults about the child’s age and stage of development.
  • The Implications for supporting young children in the development process.

Session3: How do you children go from crying as babies to being able to say ‘That is a whale shark and it lives in the ocean’ at an average age of five years?

5th February 2019, 2.30pm until 5.30pm

We will look at what changes and develops in young children in their first five years of development so that they can produce the full range of phonology needed for the linguistic environment they live in.

We will examine:

  • What the processes needed for a child to develop phonological skills are
  • How children develop an understanding of phonology and the range of sounds they can produce
  • The range of sounds and how they are combined and change over time in children developing competency in the English language
  • The range of sounds and how we can speak about them
  • Children’s utterances and how adults can use what the child produces to illustrate their age and stage of development.
  • Implications for settings supporting young children through this process.

This programme of 3 workshops costs £150 in total. The charge for attending a single sessions is £60 per workshop. Upon registering your place, our team will contact you to find out how many sessions you’d like to attend.


tuesday, january 22, 2019 - tuesday, february 5, 2019


Sunningdale School

Shaftoe Road, Springwell, Sunderland, SR3 4HA


Sunningdale SenHub

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