Why Training is Essential for Boosting Children’s Language Development

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Essential Training for Boosting Children’s Language Development

When children don’t meet language milestones for their age, the sooner the appropriate intervention is provided, the better chance the child has of catching up with their peers. When a child struggles with verbal communication, there could be a number of different reasons and delayed speech affects around 5-10% of pre-school aged children.

Understanding the signs of delayed speech and having the knowledge to be able to structure the required support techniques is important for people working with Early Years children or who are parents of children with delayed language development. It is quite common for children aged around 3-4 to have delayed language development but this can have a significant impact on their future development, if the right support is not provided. Language development delay can leave children far behind their peers when they start school, making education much more challenging from the beginning, playing catch up which can sometimes continue throughout their entire education.

Studies from ICAN have shown that children from areas of deprivation are over twice as likely to have poor language development in the early years. Early Talk Boost aims to give children who have missed out on these early communication opportunities the boost they need to catch up in their language development.

Early Talk Boost supports:

  • Attention and listening as a foundation skill for speaking and listening
  • Developing vocabulary; as research shows that children with weaker vocabularies are at risk of difficulties with reading.
  • Building sentences; putting words together is a vital skill for having conversations and telling stories

Chatterbug’s Early Talk Boost Training Workshop

Chatterbug is a leading speech therapy specialist providing support for schools and training for teaching staff and other people working with children, to ensure children are given the best possible chance of catching up with their peers. Without an effective intervention, children often fall behind, struggling with education and even limiting their future employment opportunities.

This is why it is so important for education and childcare professionals to have specific training to help them to identify and apply the appropriate speech development techniques, which is covered in our upcoming training event Early Talk Boost by ICAN on December 8th 2020 from 9:30am – 3:30pm.

The Early Talk Boost event is an online structured programme that accelerates children’s progress in language and communication by an average of six months, after a nine-week intervention. It is focused around accelerating the language abilities of toddlers aged 3-4 with delayed language skills due to reduced opportunities to develop language and communication skills in their early years.

We highly recommend this for Early Years practitioners working with children aged 3-4 years, teachers, teaching assistants, SENCO’s, inclusion managers, nursery and childcare workers as essential training to support the children in their care.

After Early Talk Boost:

  • Children make statistically significant progress in their early language development.
  • On average, children make six months’ progress after the nine-week intervention, helping them to narrow the gap between them and other children their age. This is twice the rate of progress of children not having the intervention.
  • 95% of parents felt that Early Talk Boost had made a difference to their children’s language and communication.
  • Parents felt they had learnt something by being involved in the programme, and would change how they talked to their child.
  • 76% of children said that they were happy telling stories (compared with 31% before the intervention).
  • Samples of children’s talking showed they used longer and more complicated sentences.
  • After Early Talk Boost training, all early year’s practitioners surveyed felt more confident in supporting children’s language, and 94% said it would change the way they worked.


Find out more and sign up now!


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