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A week of celebrating speech, language and communication

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Friday 11th October – Friday 18th October 2019

Join us this October in raising awareness and promoting understanding of Developmental Language Disorder and celebrating speech and language across Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster!

On average, two children in every classroom have Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).

DLD is a problem with understanding and/or using spoken language. It is a hidden disability affecting literacy, learning, friendships, and emotional wellbeing; and often quoted as the most significant disability that nobody knows about.

Support from trusted adults can make a real difference to children and young people with communication difficulties. This includes support from Speech and Language Therapists; but action from parents/carers, teachers, early years staff, and health practitioners to help meet needs and aid development is equally important.  

This year’s International DLD Day is coming up on Friday 18th October, and we will be supporting the cause locally by running a range of events, sessions, and activities across Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster throughout the week.

This includes a launch event on Friday 11th October, with speakers including ICAN President Bob Reitemeier and NAPLIC Chair Stephen Parsons speaking on latest research. 2007 to 2009 Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will be joining for to deliver a keynote speech, followed by a poetry reading and book signing from 3:30pm. Bring your kids along to see a spectacular performance and celebration of speech and language!

Other events include overviews of latest research, including on the links between language and social, emotional, and mental health both in adolescents and in young children. Open access training sessions will also be running, with the chance to learn some useful tips on how to support your child’s language.

Pop-up stalls will also be held; giving you the opportunity to speak to a Speech and Language Therapist to learn more about speech, language, and communication needs and development and to ask them about any issues or queries that you may have.

All of the events are free, and refreshments will be provided.

List of All Events

Friday 11th October

Launch Event

Time: 1pm-5:30pm

Location: Small Hall, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Come and join us for an afternoon of conversation all about speech, language, and communication! Speakers will include ICAN President Bob Reitemeier and NAPLIC Chair Stephen Parsons and Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen. The event will also provide an opportunity to hear the inspiring stories of local young people living with DLD.


Monday 14th October

Morning Pop-Up Stall on Church Street

Time: all morning

Location: outside Church Street Library, 67 Church St, Marylebone, London NW8 8EU

Come along and chat to a Speech and Language Therapist about anything to do with speech and language. 


Tuesday 15th October

Makaton Taster Session

Time: 10am-11:30am

Location: The Medical Centre, 7E Woodfield Road, London W9 3XZ

This workshop will give a general introduction into what Makaton is and how it is used, as well as the chance to learn a few signs and symbols. It is open to everyone and a perfect opportunity for parents/carers with a child under 5 and early years practitioners who would like to learn more.


Tuesday 15th October

Ark Brunel Primary School Open Morning

Time: 10.00am-11:45am

Location: Middle Row, North Kensington, London W10 5AT

The Speech and Language Department at Brunel is a specialist resource base, that provides support and intervention programmes for up to sixteen children identified as having a speech, language and communication need. This is a chance to see a specialist unit and what they can offer which may be of interest to teachers, other professionals and parents.


Early Childhood Development and Communication

Time: 10:30am-12pm

Location: Training Room, Cheyne Children’s Centre, 10 Thorndike Close, Chelsea, London SW10 0ST

Julie Revels is a nationally recognised trainer and consultant specialising in early years special educational needs and disabilities and inclusion, and social, emotional, and mental health. She will be speaking about the importance of the early development of communication and interaction, as well as considering what is currently understood about the impact of adverse childhood experiences.


‘Words Alive’ Training

Time: 3:30pm-5pm

Location: Christ Church Primary School, 1 Robinson Street, Chelsea, London SW3 4AA

This training session is an introduction to teaching vocabulary based on research about how we understand and remember words, and how we use them in context. The session will be based on the Word Aware programme by Stephen Parsons and Anna Branagan and include lots of practical ideas to use in the classroom as well as an overview of theory.


Wednesday 16th October

No Pens Day Wednesday

This is a fantastic chance for schools and settings to get children to put down their pens for the day and focus on speaking and listening activities. There are lots of great ideas and resources on the Communication Trust website.


Developing Understanding of Developmental Language Disorder

Time: 9:30am-12:30pm

Location: Training Centre, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School, Kennet Rd, London W9 3LG

DLD is often quoted as the most significant disability that no one knows about. This course will focus on how to identify and support children with DLD, open to anyone that is interested in learning more about the condition and getting tips working with children with the disorder. Stay around after the session for lunch and a chance to chat about speech!


Talking Time: An Update on the Early Years Research in the Bi-Borough

Time: 12:30pm-1pm

Location: Training Centre, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School, Kennet Rd, London W9 3LG

Have some lunch and hear Claire Forrest speak on her hugely interesting and important Talking Time Research! Half of all children in areas of social deprivation start school with identified speech, language, and communication needs. Claire and colleagues have looked at the effectiveness of addressing this through improving learning environments and training nursery staff.


Thursday 17th October

Using Apps to Support Speech and Language Development

Time: 9:30am-11am

Location: Hallfield Primary School, Porchester Gardens, Bayswater, London W2 6JJ

Apps can be a great tool for aiding speech and language development. But it can be difficult to know what to look for when choosing apps. This session will cover some of the most important considerations and features, and provide an overview of some that are currently on the market.  


The Impact of Language on Social, Emotional, and Mental Health in Adolescence

Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Location: Art Room, St Marylebone C.E School Sixth Form Site, 14 Blandford Street, London W18 4AZ

There are close links between speech and language difficulties and social, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing. Explore these links by coming to this session. Claire Forrest will speak on latest research, having investigated the pathways between DLD and increased social and emotional difficulties in adolescents for her PhD. Kate Saunders is a local Speech and Language Therapist working in the Youth Offending Service who will be sharing her experiences and advice.


Friday 18th October

International DLD Awareness Day

Join us in celebrating International DLD Awareness Day! We will be providing resources that you can display and distribute to help raise awareness for people with Developmental Language Disorder and more can be found on the RADLD website.


Shop and Chat and Afternoon Pop-Up Session

Time: all afternoon

Location: Sainsbury’s Superstore, Canal Way, Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AA

Come along and chat to a Speech and Language Therapist about everything speech and language. Therapists will have helpful resources on hand, as well as information on support and training that is available. If you have any concerns about your child’s communication or would like some general tips, they’re here to help!

Keep a look out for signs up around the Sainsbury’s Superstore on Ladbroke Grove throughout the week giving ideas for having fun chatting with your child while shopping!

Last Updated 02/10/2019

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