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Newbie S&L Help

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by KG21, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Hi all, recently got a TA job in a mainstream school working with a pupil with ASD. He's lovely and a pleasure to work with but been asked to do some work on his speech and language- with no resources and i dont know where to start? He can speak, knows letters and sounds but struggles with forming sentences, asking Q's, can read basic things and is quite good at discussing pictures and what may be happening. At the minute there isnt many around to help me with dealing with other things etc. Any ideas??

  2. Hiya, I supported a child with speech and language difficulties last year. I had guidance from the SaLT, but you can use pictures where the child has to follow instructions, eg, draw a cross on the dog or colour in the house etc. Get the pictures from a child's colouring book and photocopy. Get some sounds flashcards, and keep on with them. Use the pictures he likes, or laminate some new ones, then use velcro strips to add words to make a sentence about the picture. As the child develops more language. Use picture cards to expand language, maybe ask your Senco for those. And encourage speech all the time!! I talked the poor child to death but it did the trick and built confidence! Hope this helps!
  3. hubcap

    hubcap Occasional commenter

    Use who,how, what, where. when. which. Print out the words and laminate them. Consruct questions with him. You can use storybooks to help for ideas on what to talk about. Then reply to your questions in full sentances. Use an exercise book to record his work. Date ir and note how long it took. Start with two questions and answers, then build up one more each day. Change the book and start again with another book. In between ask him questions in class about general things and remind him, he must answer in a full sentance. Give him a raffle ticket each time he does. Tell him if he earns 10 raffle tickets he will get a prize. (new pencil, rubber, ruler, ect)
    Good luck!
  4. tamtams

    tamtams New commenter

    Hi, good advice given but if he needs support with speech and language why hasn't a speech and language therapist been in to assess him, then they should leave resources for you to use.
  5. Hi, surely the teacher should leave planning for this child for you to follow?

  6. snugglepot

    snugglepot Occasional commenter

    In an ideal world.
    Talk to the SENCO. If ASD Pecs would be better.There may be a specialist for ASD in your area who can help advise you. Pity the SALT hasn't been in. You should be given some activities from them.
    Also look out for training as you can sometimes pick up a certificate for ASD on local network training days.These are worthwhile courses and usually have a Part 1 and 2.It can be a very rewarding job working with these children.
  7. I am a TA at a primary school and have been using Colourful Semantics with a year 4 boy for sentence structure. Go to www.londonspeechtherapy.co.uk
    We have been making up sentences which make sense and silly sentences as well. We have had a lot of laughter! I am going on a course soon to learn how to use them properly!!
    Hope this helps.

  8. mattylawrence

    mattylawrence New commenter

    Hi yes another great site with lots of ideas to support this is www.speechandlanguagetherapy.org.uk they have a host of articles in their article section, including a recent post on phonological awareness activities.

    LORRYW New commenter

    Just about to reply to thread and realised it was originally posted in October 2011!

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