Celebrating Speech, Language and Communication and Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder

Join The Bi-Borough Local Authority in raising awareness of Developmental Language Disorder and celebrating speech and language this October!

International DLD Awareness Day is coming up on Friday 18th October and we will be supporting the cause across Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

Sessions will be running throughout the week commencing Monday 14th October, including training sessions, latest research sessions, and pop-up stalls. A launch event including latest research, and a keynote speech and poetry reading from Michael Rosen will also be held on Friday 11th October.

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

If you have any questions or would like some more information, please get in touch with a Speech and Language Therapist or email: commhub@rbkc.gov.uk.


Friday 11th October: Launch Event
Time: 1pm-5:30pm
Location: Small Hall, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX
Come for an afternoon of conversation all about speech, language, and communication! Speakers will consider the importance of communication skills and give an overview of latest research and work being done around the subject, with speeches from ICAN President Bob Reitemeier and NAPLIC Chair Stephen Parsons. The event will also provide an opportunity to hear the inspiring stories of local young people living with DLD.

2007 to 2009 Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen will be speaking on the importance of spoken language, before doing a poetry reading and book signing from 3:30pm. Bring your kids along to see a spectacular performance and celebration of language!

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. 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!

Tuesday 15th October
Makaton Taster Session
Time: 10.00am-11:30am
Location: The Medical Centre, 7E Woodfield Road, London W9 3XZ
Makaton uses signs, symbols, and speech to help people communicate. 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.

Open morning – Ark Brunel Primary School
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. The aim of the resource base is to meet those needs, so that children can access the mainstream curriculum and the social opportunities offered within the wider school, whilst developing their independence.

Managed by two specialist teachers, two teaching assistants and a speech and language therapist, the resource base provides an environment which enables small group learning and direct intervention alongside and/or in addition to regular classroom learning. Collaboration between class teacher, specialist teacher and therapist, ensures that appropriate speech, language, communication and learning goals and opportunities are identified for each individual child.

The Speech and Language Department at Ark Brunel Primary Academy are only able to offer places to children who have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) that identifies speech, language and communication as a primary need. But 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! Places need to be booked online: http://www.qe2cp.westminster.sch.uk/form/?pid=186&form=46

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. They can provide accessible information and tips on how to support your child, and provide engaging activities that will help them learn while having fun. 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!