Speech Sound Pictures
Speech Sound Pictures (SSP) is a program that challenges more traditional efforts to teach spelling (i.e. repetition and memorisation). The program allows students to master spelling without learning traditional rules or breaking words into syllables.
The program was created by British educator Emma Hartnell-Baker. Students first identify the sounds they can hear in each word and then count how many sounds are present. A process called code mapping then helps the children link the sounds to the letters.
There is a strong focus on phonemic awareness, rather than teaching phonics – the focus is on hearing, isolating and then blending sounds. Phonics, by comparison, relates to sounds to specific written letters.
This program has proven success with many children who have learning difficulties (i.e. Dyslexia). Many schools see this approach as the “key” to unlock a child’s literacy potential. At the Health Hub, this approach has been used for more than a year and has seen great success in many children.
The Hanen approach is about teaching parents specific strategies to help foster early language development. The Hanen approach is broken up into two main programs. At the health hub, our speech-language pathologists are trained in both of these programs – It Takes Two To Talk and More Than Words.
It Takes Two to Talk Program
The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. In this program, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their day together.
The It Takes Two to Talk Program teaches parents, step-by-step, how to become their child’s most important language teacher. The program shows you how to:
• Recognise your child’s stage and style of communication so that you know which steps to take next
• Identify what motivates your child to interact with you so you’ll know how to get conversations started
• Adjust everyday routines to help your child take turns and keep interactions going
• Follow your child’s lead to build his confidence and encourage him to communicate
• Add language to interactions with your child to help him understand language and then use it when he is ready
• Change the way you speak to your child so that he’ll understand and learn new words
More Than Words Program
The More Than Words Program was designed specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under on the autism spectrum and with other social communication difficulties. Addressing the unique needs of these children, the program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential.
More Than Words does this by empowering the child to reach the following three goals:
1. Improved social communication and back-and-forth interactions
2. Improved play skills
3. Improved imitation skills
Here are some of the valuable things in the More Than Words Program:
• What motivates your child to communicate
• How to use your knowledge about your child to set appropriate and realistic goals
• How to make interactions with your child last longer
• Tips for using pictures and print to help your child’s understanding
• Strategies for how to talk so that your child understands you
• Strategies for developing your child’s play skills
• Ways to help your child make friends
Please refer to our Speech Checklist for under 5 years old: