Kerry Mulholland is one of two Speech and Language Therapists, who together have unnamed-4over 35 years of experience, working with pre and school aged children in mainstream and special educational settings, Health Centres and Clinics. Kerry has formed Small Talk NI with her colleague Caroline Morris. Their goal is to give parents and carers easy access to the tools & skills they need, to help their young children become confident communicators!

What does Small Talk NI offer?

PRIVATE SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY
Children can become very frustrated from an early age if they can’t convey what they are trying to communicate and Private 1:1 Speech & Language Therapy is available at the Clinic, for assessment, advice and treatment if this is required. This can be a useful service if you are waiting for an NHS appointment to come through, or you would like additional support to that being offered to you.

SMALLTALK NI training programme: 2016-17/strong>

1: Smalltalk NI Introductory training for Day Nurseries

These 90 minute sessions are delivered in your nursery and focus on: What makes a confident communicator & give you strategies & activities to promote confident communication in your setting.

 

2: Study Days for Nurseries, Playgroups and Schools

These sessions are delivered in your facility, and we will explain & demonstrate activities which can be used with your children, to target different aspects of communication development.

  1. Developing attention, listening & understanding”: practical strategies and activities to develop these skills.
  2. Developing expressive language skills”: Activities to promote vocabulary, narrative skills and phonological awareness.
    1. 3: Accredited Elklan “ Let’s Talk” Course

      A 6 week course, which can be accredited at OCN Level 1., to develop your own professional skills in the area of speech, language & communication development. It is tailored specifically for your sector, and above all offers practical strategies & skills to help you foster great communication in your setting.

      4. Accredited Elklan Support for under 5’s

      Elklan’s Speech and Language Support for Under 5s is a highly successful externally accredited training course aimed at the early years workforce. The course is delivered over three full days,with practical home tasks to be completed, and will:

      • Build your confidence and skills to support the communication and language development of ALL children aged 0-5s years but especially those with speech and language difficulties.
      • Give you practical advice and strategies to support parents and families with whom you work.
      • Provide settings with a highly skilled workforce to help narrow the gap and improve the life chances of young children.
      • Give you an externally verified and accredited level 2 or 3 qualification which is on the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework (QCF).

      5. Accredited Elklan Support for 5- 11s

      Elklan’s Speech and Language Support for 5-11s is a highly successful externally accredited training course aimed at the early years workforce. The course is delivered over three full days,with practical home tasks to be completed, and will:

      • Build your confidence and skills to support the communication and language development of ALL children aged 5-11years but especially those with speech and language difficulties.
      • Give you practical advice and strategies to support parents and families with whom you work.
      • Provide settings with a highly skilled workforce to help narrow the gap and improve the life chances of young children.
      • Give you an externally verified and accredited level 2 or 3 qualification which is on the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework (QCF).