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Supporting Children with Additional Languages in Early Years Settings

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

Applicable to: 
Early Years Practitioners
Event Type: 
per person per course
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About this event

Do you have children with additional languages in your setting? Are you finding it challenging to identify if there is an underlying Speech, Language and Communication difficulty, or if the child is acquiring both languages as expected?

This course will explore the following:
• What is bilingualism?
• How do bilingual children develop an additional language?
• Identification and assessment of children with an additional language;
• Advice and strategies to support bilingual children in your Early Years setting;
• Achieving cultural competency;
• Advantages of being bilingual.

The course will aim to provide practical ideas, tools, screens and resources to support school staff (including speech & language therapists, educational psychologists and SENCOs) to identify, assess and manage bilingual children in early years settings.  It will help you to identify which children will require onward referral to the Speech and Language Therapist and which children can be supported within the classroom.  The course is interactive and has case studies, workshops and opportunities to discuss your personal experiences and learning needs.

Trainer(s): Sunita Shah

With over 20 years’ experience working with children in the NHS, Sunita Shah has developed a range of specialist clinical skills for different ages and types of communication. Working with children in nurseries and schools, Great Ormond Street, ICAN and Sure Start, her clinical skills and knowledge are highly specialised.

Sunita’s specialist interest is Bilingualism. She was Chair of the Clinical Excellence network in Bilingualism (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy) for 10 years, and has a wide range of knowledge and experience of working with clients from diverse communities. She is multi-lingual, speaks Gujarati fluently and is semi-fluent in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.

Now based in Cheshire, her company, Together Let's Communicate, successfully supports children in North West London. Sunita is also a successful children's author with her series of books, “The Jai Jais” selling internationally.