Elklan – Let’s Talk with Special Children

Suitable for:

Parents, carers (including child minders) and pre- practitioners wanting some key skills and knowledge when supporting children who have delayed general development and who are not talking yet.

Run by:

  • CATTS Elklan Accredited Speech Therapist

Bookings / Enquiries:

Contact Us on +353 86 8882765 or mmorris@catts.ie

Our accredited Speech and Language Therapist provide a ten week course for under 5s practitioners developed by Elklan. The Elklan package has been received enthusiastically by over 7,000 learners across the UK and Europe.

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What do participants receive?

A Level 1 three credit Ascentis award in Lets talk with Special Children. This could help you with employment opportunities. You will be given support and encouragement to achieve this goal. In addition you will receive:

  • Teaching from qualified speech and language therapists and or an experienced teacher
  • Opportunities to discuss ideas to help children learn to listen, understand and talk
  • Information about communication difficulties children can experience
  • Opportunities to meet other pre-school practitioners, parents and carers
  • Information about normal speech and language development
  • An illustrated workbook full of practical tips and ideas which provides a rich source of individualised strategies and information to support a specific children

Find out more about levels, credits and how qualifications compare in UK and Ireland here.

 

Who is the course for?

This course is for parents, carers (including child minders) and pre- practitioners wanting some key skills and knowledge when supporting children who have delayed general development and who are not talking yet.

More Information on this specific course we are delighted to offer can be found on the Elklan webiste.

The course is offered over 5 x 2 hour sessions or through an intensive 2.5 day workshop.

We run courses on demand should a creche, preschool or parent support group wish to run a training in-house.

 

Course Fees

The course fees are €295 to include the accreditation fee and the book.

We try to maintain as much price parity as possible with the Elklan Organisation to ensure Irish based attendees can obtain the training at as similar a cost to their UK counterparts as possible.

Elklan Training Courses

Our Elklan accredited Speech and Language Therapists are licensed to provide a range of training courses developed by Elklan. The Elklan package has been received enthusiastically by over 7,000 learners across the UK and Europe and can be delivered with, or without formal accreditation.

The courses are aimed at everyone from Parents, to School teachers, SNAs, carers and family members.

Elklan Parent Courses

Elklan Teacher / SNA Courses

Lamh Module One Courses

NEXT DATE:  SATURDAY 9th December 2017

FROM:  9:30am – 5pm

VENUE:   CATTS HQ Block D, Ace Enterprise Park

CATTS HQ is located at ACE Enterprise Park, Bawnogue Road, Dublin 22.
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CATTS Lamh Tutor Marijke


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Suitable for:

This course is for staff members and professionals who have started to work in an environment where Lamh is used and covers 100 Lamh signs and how to support a Lamh user.

 

Run by: CATTS Lamh Tutor Certified Speech & Language Therapist, Marijke Morris.

Qualifications Required:  No previous Lamh training required.

Course Duration:  6 and a half hours

Course Fee:  €110

Course Recognised by:  Lamh

Accreditation Achieved:  Module One Certificate


Testimonials:

“I’ve learned 100 Lamh signs. I’ve learned ways to use them and importance of repetition. I’ve enjoyed Marijke’s energetic method of teaching.”

I enjoyed: “The group interaction. Moving between theory and practical Lamh signs has helped me to concentrate for the entirety of the day.”

“I’ve enjoyed learning everything about Lamh, including watching videos, doing games and working in group. It was very interesting.”

“I enjoyed the games, these were practical and helped consolidate our learning and helped us to retain the new signs.”

“I thought the course was made very interesting because it was informal and amusing at times. I was surprised at how the Lamh signs stuck in my mind.”

“I liked the positive interaction between the tutor & learners.”

“What I liked: Use of videos as well as slides. The variety of signs taught. Relaxed atmosphere – had a laugh while learning signs.”

“I thought it was very well presented. Not only was it about Lamh sign; it was about communication.”

I learned: “How important it is to communicate. I hope it will make life happier for the service users.”

“I’ve learned so many signs and how to effectively communicate with residents.”

“I liked learning sign language so it can help me communicate with my cousin and each other.”

“What did I like: being able to communicate with Lamh user. Brilliant course. Would recommend it to other people.”


Course Content:

Module One Lamh signs (100+)

Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC)

Lamh(TM) brief history and development

Lamh signing environment

 

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

Use the 100+ signs from the Module One Book

Use Lamh as an effective communication tool

Contribute to assessment or decision-making around Lamh use

Participate effectively in an established Lamh environment.


Workshop fee of €110 is inclusive of:

Module One Handbook/Signbook.

Module One Certificate

Membership to Lamh signs online

Registration on the Lamh Module One database

Refreshments and Light Lunch


TO BOOK COURSE

You need to pay the workshop fee, and complete the registration form below, at least 1 week before the course start date. This is to allow us offer places to those who may have been waitlisted due to demand.

 

Step 1: Payment and T&Cs

We can accept payment by PayPal, Cheque or bank transfer.

If you choose PayPal, you will be taken outside of the CATTS Website, and will be brought to PayPal, which will process your transaction. The PayPal fees are added to the overall cost of the course.

In order to match your application to the payment, please add the email address you used above into the PayPal system when paying.

Please add email address

If you choose to pay by cheque, please post the cheque for payment to the address on the form below. Bank transfer details will be made available if you email Marijke at mmorris@catts.ie

All payments must be made within 2 weeks of start date. Any forms completed with no payment before 2 weeks of the start date, will be cancelled, and we will offer the place to another person. If you have any special circumstances around payment, please contact Marijke at mmorris@catts.ie  to make alternative arrangements.

In the event of sickness or extenuating circumstances you may transfer to an alternative course at no extra cost.

You may give your place on a course to an alternative participant at any time at no extra cost but please inform us of the change. Failure to attend a reserved course will not entitle a participant to a refund or a transfer.

CATTS reserves the right to cancel a course at any time without liability. Should this occur, delegates will be given as much notice as possible and will be offered an alternative date, a different course, or a refund of the course fee. CATTS will not be responsible for reimbursing travel or accommodation.


Step 2: Complete the Lamh Registration Form

Please complete the short registration form to ensure we have all the information needed so that you can register for Lamh Online and to help you make the most of your training day. 

 


What happens next?

Once you have made payment, completed and submitted the above form, you are done. You should receive an email from the CATTS Lamh Tutor within a few days confirming that everything has been received and accepted by our systems. We hope you enjoy your Lamh course with CATTS.


The Lamh Logo, and Lamh Module One, and all accreditations are copyright of Lamh – Communication Augmentation Sign System Ltd., a registered company limited by guarantee 310531. Charity Number 14515.

Lamh Module One Add-On Workshop

NEXT DATE:  Saturday 11th March 2017

Module One Add-on Workshop for Communication Partners of Children using Lámh    9.30am-1.30pm


centrefrontVENUE:   CATTS HQ Conference Centre

CATTS HQ is located at ACE Enterprise Park, Bawnogue Road, Dublin 22.
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COST:   €70


 

Suitable for:

Families, staff members and other communication partners of adults and children who use Lámh can add to their core Module One training with these practical workshops.

 

Run by: CATTS Lamh Tutor Certified Speech & Language Therapist, Marijke Morris.

 

Qualifications Required:  Module One Lamh certification required.

You will need to review your 100 Module 1 signs before attending the Add-On course.  If you have attended Lamh Module One with CATTS, you will have access to the Lamh signs Online to assist revision.

 

Course Recognised by:  Lamh

 

Testimonials:

“I learned more signs to use in my workplace and how to promote Lamh better in my setting.”

“Really enjoyed the presentation – well balanced with practical/knowledge.”

“I enjoyed whole class – listening to others’ experiences using Lamh.”

“I enjoyed: learning new signs; looking at how to use different toys to promote and teach Lamh.”

“This has been so much fun and a great help to my everyday working environment.”


 


Course Overview

Module One Add-on Workshop for Communication Partners of Children using Lámh
9.30am-1.30pm

Communication partners of children who use Lámh and who have completed Module One can attend this practical workshop that looks at encouraging Lámh use as well as adding to their Lámh sign vocabulary.

Course Duration: 3 hours

The workshop covers:
  1. Lámh and Total Communication
  2. How to use toys and games to create opportunities for Lámh signing
  3. Additional sign vocabulary
  4. How to promote Lámh use in the pre-school and school
  5. Revision of Module One Lámh signs
  6. Looking at research on using manual signs and AAC with children
Course Materials:
  • Membership of Lámh Signs Online
  • Module One Add-on Handbook and Signbook
  • Certificate
Accreditation Achieved:  Module One Add-on Certificate

lamhhereTO BOOK COURSE

You need to pay the workshop fee, and complete the registration form 2 weeks before the course start date. This is to allow us offer places to those who may have been waitlisted due to demand. The application form can be found on the bottom of this page.
All application forms received will be confirmed within 2 days by the course tutor.

 

Step 1: Payment and T&Cs

We can accept payment by PayPal, cheque or bank transfer.

If you choose PayPal, you will be taken outside of the CATTS Website, and will be brought to PayPal, which will process your transaction. The PayPal fees are added to the overall cost of the course.

In order to match your application to the payment, please add the email address you used above into the PayPal system when paying.


Add Email used to register.



If you choose to pay by cheque, please post the cheque for payment to the address on the form below. Bank transfer details will be made available if you email Marijke at mmorris@catts.ie.

All payments must be made within 2 weeks of start date. Any forms completed with no payment before 2 weeks of the start date, will be cancelled, and we will offer the place to another person. If you have any special circumstances around payment, please contact Marijke at mmorris@catts.ie  to make alternative arrangements.

In the event of sickness or extenuating circumstances you may transfer to an alternative course at no extra cost.

You may give your place on a course to an alternative participant at any time at no extra cost but please inform us of the change. Failure to attend a reserved course will not entitle a participant to a refund or a transfer.

CATTS reserves the right to cancel a course at any time without liability. Should this occur, delegates will be given as much notice as possible and will be offered an alternative date, a different course, or a refund of the course fee. CATTS will not be responsible for reimbursing travel or accommodation.


Step 2: Complete the Lamh Registration Form

 

Please complete the short registration form to ensure we have all the information needed so that you can make the most of your training day.

What happens next?

Once you have made payment, completed and submitted the above form, you are done. You should receive an email from the CATTS Lamh Tutor within a few days confirming that everything has been received and accepted by our systems. We hope you enjoy your Lamh course with CATTS.


The Lamh Logo, and Lamh Module One, and all accreditations are copyright of Lamh – Communication Augmentation Sign System Ltd., a registered company limited by guarantee 310531. Charity Number 14515.

CATTS Staff-Led Training for Residential Services

What is the Staff-Led Training Approach for Residential Services?

A combined Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) / Occupational Therapy (OT)-focused initiative to empower Residential Service staff (HSE & Contractors) to address communication difficulties and independent living skills of service users.

 

Some of the realised / planned benefits of the approach have been:

  • OT_ADult_careImproved quality of life for service users.
  • Expansion of the role of on-site nursing/ care staff to reduce the need to call in SLT/OT for routine concerns.
  • Reduction of challenging behaviour which may be caused when nursing staff cannot recognising when a service user is trying to communicate and is getting frustrated.
  • Reduction in onsite stress and better working environment for nursing staff (planned benefit is to contribute to less unplanned staff absences.)

 

The Approach includes 3 distinctive phases:

  1. Training Phase: Initial Staff Training delivered by CATTS Therapists (Communication Toolkit and Sensory Needs).
  2. Mentoring Phase: Mentoring to all staff over a defined time period (e.g. 12 months).
    Full SLT & OT assessment at the start of all Service users and follow-up training with staff to tailor specific strategies to be used with each Service user in their care.CATTS Team will continue support after training, phasing out over a set period of time.
  3. Maintenance: (Policing) of outcomes by CATTS for 3 years after the end of the Mentoring Phase, to ensure sustainability. CATTS use quarterly spot visits to Residences with a ‘HIQA-like’ reporting assessment which is then shared to Residence Management and senior team to ensure any issues are found and addressed as they are identified. After the Initial roll-out, CATTS can continue the Policing Phase for as long as Residence Management deem it helpful.

 

Why this Approach?

CATTS developed this approach after contact by residential units that needed SLT/OT input to address identified service issues. Instead of providing the requested consults which would result in almost indefinite support to ensure continued success, we created a model to empower the onsite teams.
The training is delivered by CATTS Founder and Lead Speech and Language Therapist, Marijke Morris, along with members of the CATTS Clinical team onsite at the residence. The CATTS Project Management system then keeps residence management at all levels appraised of the delivery of the approach through all phases, to ensure that it enhances, not interferes with the smooth running of the Residential units.

 

Testimonial:

“SOS Kilkenny Ltd., a service for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism, employed CATTS to carry out individual service user assessments, staff training in developing communication strategies and staff training in communication passports. We found Marijke and Lisa to be extremely knowledgeable in their field, with a hands-on approach to instructing how to improve the communication of the people we support.  Staff were equipped with a tool kit of strategies, that they can now apply to their practice. SOS would use the services of CATTS in the future.” Margaret Larkin, Aspect Manager, SOS Kilkenny Ltd.

 

What to do next:

If you think your service (or the service your loved one is a resident in) would benefit from this approach, please contact CATTS to discuss. We can only engage directly with senior members of any service as positive change for the well-being of those in care comes from the top.

 

Ownership of the CATTS Staff-Led Training Approach:

If you are a healthcare professional, and would like to offer this approach directly in your service, or for support to third parties, please contact CATTS to discuss training and licensing for you and your team.

Currently CATTS have not authorised any other providers to offer this approach to meet residents needs in care facilities.

Communication Strategies for Residents with Learning Disabilities

Suitable for:

Care Staff

Run by:

Speech & Language Therapist

 

Bookings / Enquiries:
Contact Us on +353 86 8882765 or mmorris@catts.ie

The CATTS Speech & Language Therapist will deliver a workshop to Care Staff and Care givers which outlines the different types of Communication Strategies available to assist people in their care who have learning disabilities.

ipad mockupThis workshop is run over a couple of days and is usually delivered alongside consultation and assessment by CATTS to allow tailoring the practical techniques that can be used to be more directly relevant to the individuals in the specific service.

 

This will also allow the Care staff to advocate more effectively for people in their care.

 

Food Aversion Workshops

Suitable for:

Parents

Childminders

Care Staff

Run by:

Speech & Language Therapist

and

Occupational Therapist

 

 

Bookings / Enquiries:
Contact Us on +353 86 8882765 or mmorris@catts.ie

There are several methods to improve food aversions.

foodaversion1Our Speech and Language and Occupational Therapists conduct courses to assist parents with several tips and techniques to make feeding time easier.

In addition, our Speech and Occupational Therapists can provide Feeding Assessments and Feeding Therapy to help design an approach to overcome food aversions with the individual client.

 

 

Please contact us to discuss your options.

 

Play Skills for Parents and Carers

Suitable for:

Parents

Childminders

Pre-school Staff

Primary School Teachers

Run by:

Speech & Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist

 

Bookings / Enquiries:
Contact Us on +353 86 8882765 or mmorris@catts.ie

The Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Therapist will discuss the importance of play in the development of cognitive, language and motor skills and demonstrate what play activities to use to target certain developmental skills.

Swallowing Disorders & Modified Diets

Suitable for:

  • Care Staff
  • Nursing Home Staff

Run by:

  • Speech & Language Therapist
Bookings / Enquiries:
Contact Us on +353 86 8882765 or mmorris@catts.ie

The CATTS Speech & Language Therapist will deliver a workshop to Care staff and Caregivers which outlines the different types swallowing disorders they may commonly encounter in people in their care, along with practical techniques and solutions on how to manage them.

This will also allow the Care staff to advocate more effectively for people in their care when they are in external situations, and to better explain to family members the challenges their loved one faces.

How to identify SLT needs in the classroom

Suitable for:

Pre-school Staff
Primary School Teachers
Secondary School Teachers

Run by:

Speech & Language Therapist

Bookings / Enquiries:
Contact Us on +353 86 8882765 or mmorris@catts.ie

CATTS provide a short workshop for teachers to review how to identify children who have speech and language difficulties in the classroom.

The workshop also covers some practical tips on how to support children with speech and language difficulties in the classroom.