Time to Talk

Implementing outstanding practice in speech, language and communication

By Jean Gross

© 2013 – Routledge

168 pages

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Paperback: 9780415633345
pub: 2013-05-21
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Hardback: 9780415633338
pub: 2013-05-21
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About the Book

Time to Talk provides a powerful and accessible resource for practitioners to help develop their own skills, as well as supporting a whole-school or setting approach to speaking and listening. Written by the government’s former Communication Champion for children, it showcases and celebrates effective approaches in schools and settings across the country. Jean Gross helpfully summarises research on what helps children and young people develop good language and communication skills, and highlights the importance of key factors: a place to talk, a reason to talk and support for talk.

This practical and engaging book also provides:

  • whole-class approaches to developing all children and young people’s speaking and listening skills;
  • ‘catch-up’ strategies for those with limited language
  • ways in which settings and schools can develop an effective partnership with specialists, such as speech and language therapists, to help children with more severe needs;
  • examples of good practice in supporting parents/carers to develop their children’s language skills;
  • answers to practitioners’ most frequently asked questions about speech and language.

This book is for all school leaders, teachers and Early Years practitioners concerned about the growing number of children and young people with limited language and communication skills.


'This publication is a most accessible resource for all practitioners in education and health from Early Years to secondary and beyond.' - Liz Curry, Specialist Teacher, Carden Speech and Language Centres

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Speech, language and communication – a growing issue 2. What do we know about how to support language development? 3. Stories from schools 4. A place to talk 5. A reason to talk 6. Teaching Talk 7. Support for Talk 8. Working with parents 9. Supporting children with more severe needs

About the Author

Jean Gross CBE has recently been England’s Communication Champion for children, responsible for promoting the importance of good language skills for all children and young people, and improving services for those needing help in learning to communicate. She is the author of numerous articles and best-selling books on children’s issues, including Beating Bureaucracy in Special Educational Needs (2nd edition, David Fulton).

About the Series

David Fulton / Nasen

The partnership between David Fulton and nasen was established to ensure that relevant, up-to-date and diverse publications were available for schools and to professionals working within the field of special educational needs. These publications ensure that the best provision and practice is shared, enabling teachers and support staff to provide the best educational opportunities for all children and young people with SEN and disabilities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDUCATION / Secondary
EDUCATION / Special Education / Communicative Disorders