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DLD Webinar Series

Do you have children in your class who struggle with the language demands of the classroom, with Speech Language and Communication Needs?

Do they or may they have Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)?

Are you a teacher or Teaching Assistant looking to improve your understanding of DLD? 

Do you want to know how and in which areas DLD affects teaching, learning and social and emotional skills?

Looking for actionable strategies that you can implement that are classroom-proven and work?

 

Moor House Research and Training Institute have created a series of webinars specifically aimed at helping staff in mainstream schools to support children and young people with DLD.

Research shows that 2 students out of every class of 30 will have DLD severe enough to hinder academic progress, so it’s essential to get the right support in place.

Specialist Teacher Sue Marr, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Hilary Nicoll and Specialist Literacy Tutor Angela Belliveau, deliver this programme which covers the fundamentals of DLD. Having worked with children with DLD for many years in a variety of setting from mainstream schools to language units to specialist school, it’s all the information they wished they had known when they started.

The webinar series is very action-focused, so by the end of the sessions you will both understand the different aspects of language disorder and have some clear, actionable steps, tools and strategies that you can put into place the next day. The advice and approaches are tailored to what is possible in a busy mainstream classroom and will help the children with DLD as well as typically developing peers.

The sessions are all held as twilight, one-hour sessions which can be attended live as well as via a full video replay available until the end of 2023.

Session 1 - What Is Developmental Language Disorder and How Does it Affect Learning in the Classroom?

10 February 2022, 1600

Seminar length – 1 hour

Delivered live with recorded version available afterwards

In this webinar, Specialist Teacher Sue Marr will cover the fundamentals of Developmental Language Disorder and how to recognise it. It’s a hidden disability with surprisingly little cover in SEN literature yet is more common than Autism. Could it be language that your student is struggling with and not something else? And if it is language, where can you go to get more help, advice and training?

Learning outcomes

  • Understand what Developmental Language Disorder is (and what it’s not!)
  • Recognise the signs of Developmental Language Disorder within a classroom setting
  • Understand the prevalence of Developmental Language Disorder within the general population and how that translates to the school environment
  • Identify how Developmental Language Disorder affects learning and impacts social skills and mental health
  • Know which organisations and resources are available to get support, information and training on Developmental Language Disorder

Session 2 - Practical Strategies for Teaching and Supporting Children and Young People in Mainstream Classrooms

17 March 2022, 1600

Seminar length – 1 hour

Delivered live with recorded version available afterwards

Now you’ve developed a working knowledge of Developmental Language Disorder and how it impacts learning in the classroom, it’s time to get action focused. What can you do as a teaching professional to support the children with DLD in your class? In this webinar, Specialist Teacher Sue Marr shares actionable strategies and approaches to help you improve understanding and learning for children with DLD in your class.

Learning outcomes

  • Discuss key strategies that can be used to help children with DLD access learning and make progress
  • Develop an awareness of the simple changes you can make in your teaching and communication to benefit all students in the class, especially those with DLD
  • Discover the best resources for supporting children with DLD to acquire and understand language

Session 3 - Developing Literacy Skills in Children with Language Disorder

19 May 2022, 1600

Seminar length – 1 hour

Delivered live with recorded version available afterwards

Literacy underpins most things you do in class, but language underpins everything.  A child with DLD will have significant, ongoing difficulties using and/or understanding language which impacts on speaking and listening, reading and writing. In this webinar, Specialist Teacher Sue Marr, Specialist Literacy Tutor Angela Belliveau and Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Hilary Nicoll detail why children with DLD struggle with literacy and share practical activities and approaches to support the development of literacy skills.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand why children with Developmental Language Disorder struggle with literacy
  • Identify the signs that a child is having difficulty with reading, spelling, comprehension and narratives
  • Understand the importance of and methods to develop questioning skills
  • Know the key activities and strategies to support acquisition of literacy skills for children with DLD

Session 4 - Narrative Skills for Children with Developmental Language Disorder: How to Develop Storytelling Ability to Support Writing Skills in the Classroom

7 July 2022, 1600

Seminar length – 1 hour

Delivered live with recorded version available afterwards

Narratives are challenging for children with Developmental Language Disorder, from understanding the initial gist of the tale, through to re-telling and building upon stories and using the right words to describe what is happening. Storytelling is crucial for being able to produce meaningful written work. In this webinar, Specialist Teacher Sue Marr and Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Hilary Nicoll explain why narratives are difficult for children with DLD, how to spot when children are struggling with narrative skills and how you can support the development of written skills in the classroom through storytelling.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the reasons why children with DLD find it hard to understand, recall and produce their own narratives
  • Identify the signs that a child is struggling with storytelling and the impacts that may have on learning as well as in social interactions and emotional health
  • Know some of the key strategies to support the development of written skills through improving storytelling ability

Session 5 - Developing Grammar Skills in Children with Developmental Language Disorder

29 September 2022, 1600

Seminar length – 1 hour

Delivered live with recorded version available afterwards

Developing grammatical skills is very tricky for children with DLD, yet it’s an important skill needed for communication and learning. In this webinar, Specialist Teacher Sue Marr and Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Hilary Nicoll break down the reasons why grammar is so difficult for children with DLD and share practical strategies for supporting the development of grammar.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand why children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) find grammar so difficult
  • Identify the key areas of difficulty with grammar that a child with DLD may have
  • Know how to spot these grammar difficulties when you see them in a child’s communication and work
  • Discover the most effective strategies and practical activities to develop grammatical knowledge and capability for children with DLD

Session 6 - Teaching Vocabulary to Children with Developmental Language Disorder: Nouns, Naming and Labelling

3 November 2022, 1600

Seminar length – 1 hour

Delivered live with recorded version available afterwards

Vocabulary is challenging for children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), both for understanding as well as using the right words to express what they want to say. Ability to acquire, understand and use vocabulary has a significant impact on learning and attainment. In this webinar, Specialist Teacher Sue Marr and Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Hilary Nicoll unpack why vocabulary is so challenging along with sharing how to develop key skills to support the learning and use of new words, with a specific focus on nouns.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the reasons why children with Developmental Language Disorder find vocabulary difficult to acquire
  • Identify the common areas of difficulty in building and using vocabulary and how to spot them in the classroom
  • Know which strategies to use to develop skills in the specific area of labelling and the use of nouns (other vocabulary will be covered in later sessions)

Session 7 - Teaching Vocabulary to Children with Developmental Language Disorder: Verbs and Adjectives

19 January 2023, 1600

Seminar length – 1 hour

Delivered live with recorded version available afterwards

Vocabulary is challenging for children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), both for understanding as well as using the right words to express what they want to say. Ability to acquire, understand and use vocabulary has a significant impact on learning and attainment. In this webinar, Specialist Teacher Sue Marr and Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Hilary Nicoll unpack why vocabulary is so challenging along with sharing how to develop key skills to support the learning and use of new words, with a specific focus on verbs and adjectives.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the reasons why children with Developmental Language Disorder find vocabulary difficult to acquire
  • Identify the common areas of difficulty in building and using vocabulary and how to spot them in the classroom
  • Know which strategies to use to develop skills in the specific area of labelling and the use of verbs and adjectives
Pricing

£20 per attendee per module, All 7 for £100

£100 per institution/school per module, all 7 for £395

  • Date

    19 May - 19 May

  • Location

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