TALKABOUT

The hugely poplar resources series which includes practical books to help staff to develop social skills.

Brought to you by Speechmark, they provide a structured programme for teaching and measuring social skills.

Use the tabs on the left of the page to discover more about TALKABOUT, including expert author Alex Kelly, Alex Kelly Ltd, and training courses / CPD.

The TALKABOUT programme offers:

  • a hierarchial approach to teaching social skills
  • an assessment and outcome measures
  • activities and plans of intervention
  • content suitable for all ages
  • content suitable to put onto a school curriculum
  • proven effectiveness

"The resources reflect the essential stages of social development in life. Not only do they teach the rules, they make the experience a journey of fun" - Joseph Hoyle, SLT assistant, 2017

Alex Kelly, the author of the TALKABOUT Series, is a speech and language therapist with over 30 years' experience of working with people who have difficulties with their social skills, self-esteem and their relationships. She now lectures internationally on the subject of how to assess and teach social skills, self-esteem, and friendship skills.

Alex left the NHS in 2009 and now runs her own business -  Alex Kelly Ltd - alongside her husband who was previously a teacher. Alex Kelly Ltd provide training and consultancy work, and speech and language therapy into over 30 local schools. With a team of 24 Speech and Language Therapists and Communication Fascilitators, they offer:

  • TRAINING in all aspects of Communication & Social Skills around the UK & abroad
  • SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY for whole schools, or for individuals in their home or at Alex Kelly Ltd headquaters
  • SPEAKING SPACE - a Day Service for adults with autism or a Learning Disability developing independence & communication through a Total Communication approach

Explore everything the TALKABOUT Series has to offer here.

Assessing and teaching SOCIAL SKILLS by Alex Kelly

A course that gives you a MEASURABLE, STRUCTURED & HIERARCHICAL approach to teaching social skills, self-esteem and friendship skills, & answers the following:

How do we assess these skills?
Where do we start work?
How do we teach it?
How do we help students embed these skills?

How can we demonstrate effectiveness?

The following course dates are available for 2017:

13-15 March, Hampshire
25-27 April, London
23-25 May, South Wales
17-19 October, Leeds
3-5 October, London
14-16 November, Hampshire

**5-7 December, Hampshire - 'TRAIN THE TRAINER' New Course**

The course costs £295 + VAT. For enquires, please contact Alex Kelly or Amy Green

t: 02380 987134

e: amy@alexkelly.biz

What do others say?

"LOVE the data analysis! This will be so useful" - Emma Andrews, SLT, 2016

"This 3 day course has been life changing & the most engaging I have ever attended. I feel excited & confident in delivering Talkabout" - Sally Harper-Strong, Teacher, 2016

For more information, please visit Alex Kelly Ltd

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Social Skills Training from Alex Kelly

High quality, practical and engaging training courses in all aspects of social skills training from 1 hour workshops to 3 day courses are available from Alex Kelly Ltd.

1 day courses are popular inset days for schools or introduction days for parents or professionals.

2 day courses cover how to develop social skills & self esteem, including how to access and plan where to start; different strategies for intervention including running group and writing stories; and evaluating effectiveness.

3 day courses includes sections on developing friendship skills and also more on using data to measure the effectiveness of your work.

For more information, please visit Alex Kelly Ltd

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More Training from Alex Kelly

Centre of excellence approach

Alex can help you become a centre of excellence in developing social skills by providing you with on-site training and support over 12 months. To date, Alex has supported 11 schools across the UK to become cnetres of excellence. This usually takes 4-5 days.

Train the Trainer

This is a new course to train a small number of people across the UK to be local Talkabout Trainers. This is a 3 day course and is only open to people who have already attended Alex's 3 day course and who have an active role in developing social skills.

Additional topic for training

Alex also offers training in BODY LANGUAGE: the art of non verbal communication; LISTENING SKILLS; using PUPPETS $ ROLE PLAY; and writing THERAPEUTIC STORIES. She also offers training in other areas such as autism, learning disability, and total communication.

For more information, please visit Alex Kelly Ltd

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GENERAL:

"Alex is a vibrant, energetic presenter who made me enthralled. She is incredibly generous with her ideas and suggestions. Thanks!" - Jenni Pearce, Clinical Psychologist, Sydney, 2016

"The best inset day I have been on since becoming a teacher." - David Arnott, Teacher, Hampshire 2014

"Fantastic, engaging and inspirational. I could see ideas I could use across the curriculum." - A Dunford, 2015

"This training was terrific. I feel motivated, empowered and confident. I can't wait to get my hands on those groups." - Karen GhaziTorbati, Cardiff 2016

"All in all, Alex, what a wonderful world for kids it would be if your social skills programme were in all schools across the continents." - Catherine Varapodio Longley, Parent, Melbourne, 2013

TRAINING QUOTES:

“Wow! What a super 3 days! I can’t wait to get the opportunity to put this into practice.” - Nicole Thomas, Teacher, 2017

“Thank you SO much – it’s been incredibly useful. It was informative, fun, exciting and has truly inspired me to revolutionise social skills in my school.” - Sarah Sharpe, SLT, 2017

RESOURCES QUOTES:

“ I feel very lucky to work in a school where our pupils get the opportunity to utilise Talkabout resources and to see the benefit that this has made to them and their peers. You are making a difference!” – Nicole Thomas, Teacher, 2017

“All of the resources make it incredibly easy to run a session, especially with all of the structured session plans available. I find the group cohesion cards particularly great as it is another resource that does not need to be prepared.” - Hannah Anderson, Communication Facilitator, 2017

“The resources reflect the essential stages of social development in life. Not only do they teach the rules, they make the experience a journey of fun” - Joseph Hoyle, SLT assistant, 2017

ASSESSMENT TOOL & TARGET ANALYSIS:

“Invaluable! The data will be a real pleaser. It will also be a motivator for the staff to see that they are making a difference.” - Kelly Jones, Teacher, 2017

“So good to learn the assessment process and target setting. I feel this is a valuable element to take back to establish Talkabout as a process/result producing strategy.” - Jenny Woodford, Behaviour Therapist, 2017.

“The Talkabout Assessment wheel and incremental data for pre and post assessment is fab. Pretty much invaluable.” - Joseph Hoyle, SLT assistant, 2017

New & Bestsellers

  • Talkabout For Children 1 (second edition)

    Developing Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem, 2nd Edition

    By Alex Kelly

    Talkabout for Children: Developing Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem is a bestselling professional workbook supporting educators and therapists who deliver social and relationship skills groups for children with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties. Resources include an assessment framework,…

    Paperback – 2017-07-28 
    Routledge
    Talkabout

  • Talkabout for Teenagers (second edition)

    Developing Social and Emotional Communication Skills, 2nd Edition

    By Alex Kelly, Brian Sains

    Talkabout for Teenagers is a bestselling professional workbook supporting educators and therapists who deliver social and relationship skills groups for older children and young adults with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties. Resources include an assessment framework, planning and…

    Paperback – 2017-07-28 
    Routledge
    Talkabout

  • Talkabout for Children 2 (second edition)

    Developing Social Skills, 2nd Edition

    By Alex Kelly

    Talkabout for Children: Developing Social Skills is a bestselling professional workbook supporting educators and therapists who deliver social and relationship skills groups for children with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties. Resources include an assessment framework, planning and…

    Paperback – 2017-07-28 
    Routledge
    Talkabout

  • Talkabout for Children 3 (second edition)

    Developing Friendship Skills, 2nd Edition

    By Alex Kelly

    Talkabout for Children: Developing Friendship Skills is a bestselling professional workbook supporting educators and therapists who deliver social and relationship skills groups for children with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties. Resources include an assessment framework, planning and…

    Paperback – 2017-07-28 
    Routledge
    Talkabout

  • Talkabout Sex and Relationships 1

    A Programme to Develop Intimate Relationship Skills

    By Alex Kelly

    Talkabout Sex & Relationships 1 is a comprehensive toolkit for all therapists, educators and support staff who deliver relationship education to people with special needs. It is intended primarily to support groupwork but activities can be easily adapted to suit the needs of individuals with…

    Paperback – 2017-06-20 
    Routledge
    Talkabout

  • Talkabout

    A Social Communication Skills Package

    By Alex Kelly

    This core Talkabout manual is a practical resource essential for Speech and Language Therapists and other professionals who need to help people with special needs develop social skills. Over 60 activities form an extensive, structured social skills programme that can easily be adapted for use with…

    Paperback – 2016-04-28
    Routledge
    Talkabout

  • Talkabout for Adults

    By Alex Kelly

    alkabout Adults is a practical resource to help therapists or support staff to develop self-awareness and self-esteem in adults. It has been particularly aimed at adults with an intellectual disability (learning disability) or older children with special needs. It has been adapted from the…

    Paperback – 2014-04-28
    Routledge
    Talkabout

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