25 learners, made up of teaching assistants and 1:1 learning support staff, spent five weeks developing practical ways to help encourage interaction and support communication within a school setting.
Topics covered included:
- Understanding what’s happening when we talk to each other
- Developing thinking and play skills
- Maximising interaction
- Using objects, pictures, signs and symbols to communicate
- Encouraging children to communicate with us.
Course participants said:
“I believe that I will become more confident about helping children with complex needs with their play, language, and communication after doing more practices and applying what I have learnt from the course.”
“I really enjoyed the course. It’s really helpful and informative.”
“The course helps me to be more effective in communication with the kids I support.”
Steps wants to thank all learners at St Andrews International School for taking this important step towards making their classrooms more inclusive. If you’re interested in having Elklan training for TAs at your school, you can find out more on our training for schools page.