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– and The McGinty Speech and Language Centre

"Let your light shine”, Matthew 5. 16

Content Slideshow

Communication & Interaction

Cued Articulation

SLT resources re generalising speech sounds (from the Children’s Therapy pod)

Mrs B's weekend news!

Butterfly 1.MP4

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Butterfly 2.MP4

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Mrs B's holiday news!

Mrs B's news

Small Tortoiseshell Buttetfly caterpillar, chrysalis and butterflies. The female butterfly lays her eggs on Stinging Nettles which the new caterpillars eat, when they hatch out.


These odd looking things are butterfly chrysalids!

Look at the next picture from an information book ( non- fiction, real) to see what I think they will hatch into in 10-14 days.

It only takes 2 weeks or less, for the caterpillar body to change into a butterfly body, with four wings! I think that is an awesome miracle!!!

Mrs Head has found some brilliant Makaton visually supported resources about the Coronavirus and helping children understand and talk about this with reducing anxiety through Social Stories, also embedding those key Golden Safety Rules we've been experiencing at home, and will at School, too, whether children come back sooner or later. We do hope you might find these helpful, even if you need to change the wording a bit for your own child. 

We shall share more symbolled posters, chants, songs and Social Stories as we progress into Term 6, in an effort to support children in becoming aware of the importance of hand washing and social distancing, with adult help, where appropriate, while trying to very much balance this with making it the "new normal" and reducing worry at the same time (a tricky balance to strike, maybe- well all get better at this in time!).



Under this Outcome heading, we shall post some activities weekly which may be of general interest and help for active listening,memory support strategies and language development.

We shall also try taking turns at putting up some photos of our own (adult) weekend news with the written sentences shapecoded. 

I have also put up some Poppy class news to help recalling past learning and in-class experience (pet guinea pig and moth hatching) & maybe this will help to start thinking forwards to transitioning back into School and class later, when safe to do so. 

(You can skip this bit! But if you're interested, the shape coding by colour is :Red: nouns and noun phrases including the target pronouns "I, We" ; Blue: verbs, sometimes showing the zigzag underlined present tense "-ing" ending ,and sometimes showing the past tense backwards & downwards arrow , as appropriate; the target words "am, is, are, was,were" (depending on your own children's language targets) are also blue, but are represented by blue diamond shapes, whereas main verbs or the whole verb phrase are signified by blue hexagons); Green: adjectives eg. "big, white, peaceful, fluffy" etc.; Yellow: place prepositions & prepositional phrases (where) eg. "at the woods", "in my kitchen"; Purple: time words or time phrases eg. "on Sunday", "at the weekend", "first"; Pink: connectives eg. "and", "but", "because", "so"; Brown: adverbs eg "slowly", "loudly").


If your children send in any photos with a sentence (scribed by an adult or self-written/typed ) , we can shapecode those sentences and put them up in our gallery!

Communication and Interaction (your child’s Provision Plan outcome 1):

We’re so grateful that Hannah Bannister and Jill Bassett continue to contact you directly, as appropriate, for weekly telephone discussion and/or Skype therapy sessions, to continue supporting your children’s current speech and language targets focus. (If your child’s key focus is on communication book use skills, then the Skype therapy will not take place in the same way, but weekly calls will continue).

Cued Articulation signs guidance:

As a guide for supporting your child’s speech production targets, but also for phonics (also known as Phonological Awareness and Letters & Sounds) practice and sometimes in daily reading, when you may wish to use a sign for sounds outside your child’s specific speech sound target, we are including images of the Cued Articulation charts we use in class.



Going forwards, we shall attempt to put up photos of some of us staff modelling telling our weekend news, using Shapecoding, a little like we do every Monday and Tuesday in Poppy class.

There are also free resources from Widgit, using CiP (Communicate In Print; Inprint 3) symbols, which your children learn very well with, and are already very familiar with as used extensively in Poppy and in our SLT delivery. These focus on a range of different language skills, from attention and active listening, through to the understanding and expressive use of prepositions, to how children learn new vocabulary best (we use the preteaching of vocabulary by Pip St John, included here, in the McGinty Centre) and  sentence structure language support:

Here are some "What am I?" listening and understanding (receptive) language games you could play, and adapt for your children,perhaps, to be as motivating as possible (eg about things in their play room/bedroom,rather than in the kitchen & bathroom), but also linked with vocabulary understanding and use: household items words ("Hone Sweet Home" topic). 

Once really familiar with the pattern and language used, your children could try thinking of something in that room, and without showing you/naming the item, describe it to you as fully as possible (lots of adjectives about the items' shape, colour, materials made of, what you do with it/what its for), asking "What am I?" or if that is confusing, "What is it?"(expressive language skills) :