WellComm (Speech and Language)
WellComm at Hawthorn
Communication and language skills underpin all other areas of learning.
WellComm is a speech and language toolkit that is used in many nurseries and schools. Children are asked a set of questions to check their receptive (what they understand) and expressive (what they say) language skills. We can then look at their answers to target any areas of difficulty and enhance their existing language skills. All children in EYFS are screened and interventions are delivered as required. We are now beginning to screen children in Key Stage One too and deliver interventions as required.
I am worried about my child's speech and language skills, what can I do?
Watch the video below.
Speak to a member of staff about your concerns.
Miss Jenkins can lend you games and activities to use at home.
What can I do at home to improve my child's speech and language skills?
1. Read to your child: Bedtime stories, share a book after school, share books at the weekend, re-read favourite stories, make up stories together and join the library (it's next door to school).
2. Play games with your child: I spy is a great game that can be played anywhere and everywhere! Guessing games are a perfect way to get them thinking. Think of an animal/food item/family member/cartoon character and see if they can ask questions to guess who/ what it is. If you prefer to purchase a game, Hedbanz, Taboo and Guess Who? are great guessing games that are fun for the whole family.
3. Listen to your child: Ask them how their day was and really listen to what they say, without distractions.
4. Share photographs with your child: Talk about the past, present and future. Tell them about your childhood, family members, pets and special occasions, as you look at the pictures together. Show them pictures of themselves as a baby and talk about how they have changed.
5. Pretend play: Let your imagination run wild! Pretend the sofa is a castle and you are kings and queens. Pretend that underneath the table is a cave and you are grizzly bears. Pretend that the stairs are a beanstalk that you can climb to meet a giant. Play with their small world toys (people/Playmobil/TV character toys) with them and introduce your own narratives.
6. Sing songs together: Ask your child what songs they like and listen to them together. Share (language appropriate) songs that you like and sing them together.