Elklan Communication Support for pupils (aged 0-25) with complex needs

08th October 2018

Elklan Communication Support for pupils (aged 0-25) with complex needs

Mondays 3.15pm – 5.30pm, Monday 8th October- Monday 3rd December


Speech and language support for children and young people with complex needs
Seashell Trust’s accredited Elklan training has been designed to help maximise the communication potential of children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Our eight week course will cover in depth subjects including nonverbal communication, creating a communication friendly setting, the link between play and language as well as Total Communication.

It will equip you with innovative tools and methods to enhance learning and communication development, helping you to become more effective and confident in your role. You’ll learn strategies that you can put into practice from day one and each week will complete a portfolio task which requires you to apply learnings directly into your workplace. 

You will leave this course with a bank of new knowledge and skills to draw on, as well as a completed portfolio of specific strategies to support students with complex needs. All those successfully completing the course will receive an Ascentis accreditation at level 2 or 3. Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE level of study whilst level 3 is equivalent to A or NVQ3 level of study.

Our Elkan training course is delivered by qualified Speech and Language Therapist and regional Elkan tutor, Emily Walsh.  Teaching methods include practical hands on activities, videos and group discussions.

Important information about this course
Training will be offered onsite at the Seashell Trust. You will need to arrive at 3:15 prompt.
You must attend a minimum of 6 of the 8 sessions to gain the final qualification.
There will be no sessions in school holidays.

Whether you decide to do level 2 or 3, it is important to understand the level of study:

  •  2 hours (per week) studying during the sessions with your tutor
  •  1 hour (per week) writing up your portfolio answers
  •  2 hours planning and carrying out practical tasks for your portfolio, reading Language Builders and other background research, talking about the course with a colleague.
  •  4 hours observing and promoting the communication skills of children with and without difficulties.

How to book
For further information or to book your place, please contact us on 0161 610 0741 or email: admissions@seashelltrust.org.uk.

If an organisation/school wishes to train more than 7 staff members at once, our Elklan tutor can travel to your work place (within the Greater Manchester area) to accommodate this.