1st Edition

Colourful Semantics A Resource for Developing Children’s Spoken and Written Language Skills

By NHS Forth Valley Copyright 2020
    272 Pages
    by Speechmark

    *Purchasers of this book can access additional online resources at www.routledge.com/cw/speechmark*

    This comprehensive resource pack, developed in conjunction with education staff, draws on the principles of Alison Bryan’s original Colourful Semantics approach to provide professionals with an engaging, dynamic way to support children’s language development. By coding sentences using colour, symbols and signs, this visual approach aims to:

    • Teach understanding of question words
    • Develop vocabulary and increase sentence complexity
    • Increase range and complexity of verbs (children with delayed or disordered spoken language skills often overuse simple verbs such as do, go or get)
    • Improve children’s written language skills

    This practical resource consists of three parts: a printed book containing ready-made session plan ideas, black and white vocabulary cards and worksheets; an online version using the current Colourful Semantics colour coding system, and an online version using the colour coding system used by Speech and Language Therapists from NHS Forth Valley.

    This is an essential pack for teachers and professionals looking to work on language development with children aged four to nine. The flexible session plans can be used with individuals, small groups and whole classes, and can be easily adapted by Speech and Language Therapists, teachers and other practitioners.

    Foreword by Alison Bryan  Introduction  The Colourful Semantics Colour Coding System  Chapter 1: Using Colourful Semantics with Individual Children  Chapter 2: Colourful Semantics for Classes and Groups  Colourful Semantics Session Plans – Ages 4-6 years  Colourful Semantics Session Plans – Ages 5-8 years  Colourful Semantics Small Group Session Plans  Appendix 1: Cue Cards and Sentence Templates  A5 Cue Cards  A4 Cue Cards  Sentence Templates  Appendix 2: Story Planner Grids  Appendix 3: Sentence Building Resources  Two-part sentences (‘who’, ‘doing’)  Three-part sentences (‘who’, ‘doing’, ‘what’)  Three-part sentences (‘who’, ‘doing’, ‘where’)  Four-part sentences (‘who’, ‘doing’, ‘what’, ‘where’)  Four-part sentences (‘when’, ‘who’, ‘doing’, ‘what’, ‘where’)  Sentences including ‘why’  Sentences including ‘to who’  Example Sentence Templates  Appendix 4: A5 Vocabulary Cards  A5 ‘Who’ vocabulary  A5 ‘Doing’ vocabulary  A5 ‘Where’ vocabulary  A5 ‘When’ vocabulary  Appendix 5: Small Vocabulary Cards  ‘Who’ vocabulary  ‘Doing’ vocabulary  ‘What’ vocabulary  ‘Where’ vocabulary  ‘When’ vocabulary  Appendix 6: Silly Sentences Worksheets  ‘Draw a Line’ Worksheets  ‘Cut and Stick’ Worksheets  Appendix 7: Picture Description and Sequencing Worksheets  Appendix 8: Board Games


    NHS Forth Valley would like to thank the following members of staff for their hard work and dedication in the design and development of this pack; Anna Blackburn, Glenn Carter, Cara Chalmers, Katie Clark, Mary Coleman, Louise Illingworth, Jen Keating, Niamh Murphy, Ruth Kerr and Stephanie Wood. Forth Valley would also like to thank Alison Bryan for developing the original idea and for suggesting improvements to the pack. Thank you to all the many teachers from across Forth Valley who were instrumental in designing a pack that can be effectively used in the context of education.

    NHS Forth Valley provides a large number of health services across Central Scotland including Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling. The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy team in Forth Valley are an innovative group of staff who understand the importance of transformational change, collaboration and compassionate, person centre care in order to improve outcomes for the children and young people they serve.

    "Although Colourful Semantics is a highly valued and useful approach to developing children’s language skills, one of the disadvantages has always been the time it takes to find and prepare the materials, and this is the main advantage of this comprehensive resource pack. Everything needed is provided in the pack itself or via the online resource portal which will undoubtedly save precious time. Everything can be easily adapted for different ages and abilities too, adding to its value. It is also the first Colourful Semantics resource that provides session plans and step-by-step instructions, this is extremely valuable for busy practitioners." - Alexis Doyle, Child Language Teaching and Therapy