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Early Talk Boost - A new, targeted intervention aimed at 3-4 year old children with delayed language development

Early Talk Boost

Following on from the success of the Talk Boost KS1 intervention for 4-7 year olds, which has been rolled out across more than 2,500 schools and helped over 58,000 children, we are pleased to announce the launch of Early Talk Boost. Thanks to funding from UBS Optimus Foundation, Early Talk Boost has been developed by I CAN specialists and piloted in three areas then evaluated using a randomly assigned waiting list control research design. The recently published evaluation has measured the impact on early language skills and is available to view here.

What is Early Talk Boost?

Early Talk Boost is a targeted intervention aimed at 3-4 year old children with delayed language development helping to boost their language skills to help narrow the gap between them and their peers.

Our Evaluation Report shows that after Early Talk Boost, children make statistically significant progress in their early language. On average they make 6 months progress after a nine week intervention helping them to catch up with other children their age. This is twice the amount of progress of children not having the intervention.

Who is the Early Talk Boost intervention aimed at?

The Early Talk Boost intervention is designed for children aged 3-4 with delayed language development, typically those who have:

-Difficulty listening/paying attention
-Poor vocabulary
-Difficulty understanding language
-Difficulty organising and using language
-Immature sentences
-Difficulty explaining or describing
-Difficulty taking turns

This means children who have intact language learning ability in themselves but for some reason haven’t had the opportunity to develop age-appropriate language skills.

How is the group intervention delivered?

The intervention is delivered 3 times per week during circle/story time by a trained early years practitioner to a group of up to 8 children over a 9 week period. The intervention is supported by an initial training package and includes an Early Talk Boost Tracker to help identify appropriate children for the intervention and to measure their progress. The intervention also includes a workshop for parents/carers to enable them to develop children’s communication and language skills at home.

Who is Early Talk Boost training for?

Early Talk Boost training is for early years practitioners working with groups of 3-4 year olds in early years settings.

What will I learn?

The training will give participants the skills and knowledge to understand the rationale behind Early Talk Boost, identify appropriate children, measure their progress and deliver the intervention successfully.

How is this training delivered to you?

Early Talk Boost is a one day course delivered in your work place.

If you are a small setting you might wish to consider grouping your staff together with other settings for the training and sharing the costs between yourselves.

We have a regional team of Licensed Tutors who also deliver Early Talk Boost training. To find your local Licensed Tutor, this is outlined in the 'cost' section below.

How does Early Talk Boost support Ofsted?

Ofsted identify the most successful settings have a focus on developing skilled staff. Early Talk Boost can be provided using Early Years Pupil Premium to create a skilled workforce and knowledgeable parents, known to be essential in supporting communication development during a child’s early years.

How much does Early Talk Boost cost?

We have a regional team of Licensed Tutors who deliver training (often to smaller groups). Early Talk Boost Intervention Pack (Intervention Manual, Parent Training, Tracker Tool, Toolkit and 10 x 8 Jake and Tizzy story books) are purchased from I CAN at a cost of £450 per person + the cost of the Licensed Tutor delivering your training. Prices vary for training. Find your local Licensed Tutor here.

See how Kirkby Collaborative of Schools is using Early Talk Boost and Talk Boost KS1

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