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The Language of Maths


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Active Listening for Active Learning  

Active Listening for Active Learning

by Maggie Johnson & Carolyn Player

£69.50 (FREE postage)

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Children with attention problems, poor thinking skills, avoidance tactics, over-reliance on adults and low self-esteem present real problems.

Why don’t these children ask for help or seek clarification?

Active Listening for Active Learning is a resource for teachers with pupils who are too nervous or inexperienced to ask questions; those with language difficulties who nod vacantly when asked if they understand; those who insist they are right and see only one point of view; those who lack self-help and questioning strategies and those who cannot distinguish facts from guessing or opinion.

Both whole-class and individual strategies are provided to support these children at the different stages of their journey towards becoming effective listeners and confident communicators, with a wealth of photocopiable resources, detailed language activities and assessment procedures. 


Recently, one of the authors gave a short presentation of Active Listening for Active Learning at Therapy Live in London. This will give you a good overall understanding of the resource http://youtu.be/BmHj_T-motg


Stories for Talking Stories for Talking

£18.50 (FREE postage)

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Do you have children with attention or listening difficulties, a general delay in language or where English is an additional language?

Stories for Talking is a highly structured language programme that will help you address the speech language and communication needs (SLCN) of all the children in your setting.

This is a structured language programme to teach a range of language skills, through stories, story themes and storytime at 3 different levels – teaching vocabulary, building sentences and developing sequencing and narrative skills.
Aimed at early years practitioners, Stories for Talking can also easily be used by childminders, library staff and parents/carers. It provides a highly structured prescriptive set of activities for 5 popular stories in addition to an in depth explanatory section for those who want to further develop the ideas into their own planning.
This is a realistic and achievable programme that covers many of the goals within the EYFS, and addresses the needs of the many children with Speech, Language and Communication needs.


For details of courses run by the author, Rebecca Bergmann, click here.

Helping Children Hang on to your Every Word

Helping Children Hang On To Your Every Word

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Are you frustrated by children who switch off, fail to listen, or won’t pay attention? If the answer is ‘yes’, then this book is for you.
By highlighting the links between behaviour and hidden language processing difficulties, this book will help you understand why some children find listening so difficult, why they disengage and seem to lack the motivation to learn.

In Helping Children Hang On To Your Every Word Maggie Johnson provides practical solutions that will help you support children overcome the barriers they face.
Well known to many people working with children with communication difficulties, Maggie Johnson's involvement in mainstream schools makes this a very practical and readable book, packed with well illustrated examples and scenarios.

Guidelines for a speech and language friendly school Guidelines for a Speech and Language Friendly School

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This will help raise awareness of speech and language issues in your school and help staff increase their confidence and skills working with children with speech and language and communication difficulties.

It is very practical - a criteria grid enables you to do an audit of your current provision; a warning checklist helps you identify problems at an early stage; there are strategies for the classroom dealing with attention and listening skills, sequencing, memory skills, and comprehension. There are examples of IEP targets, referral forms for assessment and much more.


Word Problems: The Language of Maths

Word Problems: The Language of Maths

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Word problems . . . you've come across this ... children can do calculations – the mechanical aspect – but put the problem into a written context and you will frequently hear, ‘Is it an add or a take away?' 


Using a gradual and structured approach, this makes makes a traditionally difficult aspect of mathematics much more accessible and comprehensible. It is also very useful when working with children who are struggling with sequencing.

Getting to Grips with Word Problems

Getting to Grips with Word Problems

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Many students struggle with areas of basic maths such as decimals, fractions, percentages, averages, money, measurement and so on. The difficulties are only compounded when calculations are presented in a written context, or as word problems.
This book provides a structured route to help those who are struggling to first understand the concept and then tackle the word problem. This is a follow-on from the previous title, taking pupils to the next level.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders

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This book on autism for parents and practitioners starts with an introduction dealing with 'frequently asked questions'. Chapter two deals with diagnoses and labelling; there is a chapter on understanding autistic spectrum disorders, and others covering educational goals and specialist approaches, working with parents, building communication skills, developing social understanding and play and, finally, managing behaviour.

So, I've got Dyslexia ... now what?

Understanding what specific learning difficulties mean to you


So, I've got Dyslexia ... now what? 

£3 (FREE postage)

What does it mean to have dyslexia? How does a young person diagnosed with dyslexia make sense of what it is all about?
Often adults are uncertain of the implications themselves and unsure about what to tell children. This book will help all those involved get a much better understanding of dyslexia and what to expect in terms of support.

Suitable for children from about 7 to 14 years old, the book provides a framework that will enable an adult and child to work through the sections together, remove some of the mystery that often surrounds dyslexia, and take a pragmatic approach to dealing with it.

Managing your 4-8 year-old


Managing your 4-8 year-old

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This is a practical book for parents on how to manage their young children’s behaviour positively and effectively. There are suggestions for managing bedtimes and mealtimes, ideas for encouraging independence and approaches for encouraging appropriate behaviour. There are also helpful suggestions on preparing young children for nursery and school.

Managing your 8-12 year-old


Managing your 8-12 year-old

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A user-friendly guide covering areas such as improving a child's self-esteem, communication, making rules and setting boundaries, rewards, sanctions and dealing with arguments. The advice given is flexible and practical.

Managing your 13-16 year-old


Parenting 13-16 year olds

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This provides a practical guide for the difficult teenage years on building self-esteem; the value of good communication; on managing conflict; and negotiating with a teenager. Plenty of good, practical suggestions.


Accelerating Babies' Communication

Accelerating Babies' Communication


This is available as a download only

This is a presentation pack for individuals wishing to introduce baby signing to parents and carers and create the optimum communication environment for infants. The programme runs over four sessions.

The ABC programme can be used with parents interested in teaching their babies to sign, as a preventative tool where infants may be at risk of language delay or as a remedial tool where infants are already displaying a delay in their communication.
The pack contains all you need to run the ABC programme and includes: four session plans; presenter's guidelines for each session; ready-prepared handouts for copying; tips to help you make the programme a success.

How to order

This is a download. The cost is just £5 + VAT (£6) and you can copy and use the resources in your setting as much as you need to. Simply place the order and we will then email you a pdf of the book.


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