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Description - Language for Thinking by Stephen Parsons

This photocopiable resource provides a clear structure to assist teachers, SENCOs, learning support assistants and speech language therapists in developing children's language from the concrete to the abstract. It is based on fifty picture and verbal scenarios that can be used flexibly with a wide range of ages and abilities. Quick, practical and easy to use in the classroom, this programme can be used with individual children, in small groups or can form the basis of a literacy lesson or speech language therapy session.

Key Features include:

  • question sheets are carefully structured to promote children's development of inference, verbal reasoning and thinking skills
  • the three parallel assessments of spoken and written language can be used to assess each child's starting level and then to monitor progress
  • score forms and worksheets for each lesson are included.

The book is particularly useful for children who are recognised as having delayed language skills, specific language impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger's Syndrome), pragmatic language impairment or moderate learning difficulties.

The second edition is now in full colour throughout and has been updated with a simplified introduction. All illustrations and worksheets will now be available online.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781909301931
ISBN-10: 1909301930
Format: Paperback / softback
(297mm x 210mm x mm)
Pages: 194
Imprint: Speechmark Publishing Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stephen Parsons

Stephen Parsons has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for over 25 years. He trained in Australia, but has worked extensively in the UK. He is currently an SLT Team Manager in Hackney in London. He has a long term interest in vocabulary and has published research in the area. Anna Branagan has over 20 years' experience as a Speech and Language Therapist. Anna trained in Leeds and previously also worked in Hackney. She now practices in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. In her specialist role she supports schools to develop inclusive practice to support children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Stephen and Anna first worked together in a Language Unit in Hackney. This work inspired 'Language for Thinking: a structured approach for young children' (Speechmark, 2005). Despite now living and working some distance apart they have continued to collaborate. As well as training a number of schools and services they have presented 'Language for Thinking' and 'Word Aware' at a number of conferences and events nationally.

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