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Every Child a Talker (ECAT)
Every Child a Talker (ECAT) is a national project to develop the language and communication of children from birth to five years of age. The project was set up after concern about the high levels of ‘language impoverishment’ in the UK, and how this affects children’s progress in school and chances in life.
ECAT strategies and resources are designed to help you to create a supportive and stimulating environment within your provision in which children can enjoy experimenting with and learning language.
ECAT will encourage the development of early language through everyday fun and interesting activities which reflect children’s interests and enable them to become confident and skilled communicators.
Please click on the following links to find out more about ECAT resources, strategies and documentation.
This resource has been produced for all professionals supporting children under 5 with their Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).The menu page includes tools that Early Years Practitioners can use to evaluate children’s early language development.
When a child shows signs of delay in: attention and listening skills, understanding, talking/expressive language or social communication then click on the relevant section and select the age band that that matches the child’s developmental level. This will give you general strategies to help and more specific activity ideas to support that area of the child’s language development.
These activities are linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
There is also a ‘parents’ section on the menu page which helps you in giving advice to parents on ways to support their child’s development. This includes leaflets that can be printed out and given to parents.
The Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust pathway for 2 yeay olds with speech, language and communication needs gives further information.
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