Bitesize Training: Every Child a Talker (ECAT)

This is an excerpt from our “Bitesize Training: Every Child a Talker (ECAT)” which equips practitioners with a deeper understanding of speech development and a raft of strategies to promote communication and language, including assessment materials. Full training (in-person and digital) can be booked here.

What is ECAT?

Every Child a Talker (ECAT) is a universal speech, language and communication development programme. Initially launched as a national project by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) in 2008, funding was assigned to Local Authorities with relatively poor results against language elements of the EYFS Profile. Norfolk was deemed eligible and received funding to deliver a speech language and communication training and support project to a number of early years settings.

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Talking Point: say what you mean, mean what you say

Recently I had a discussion with a practitioner who was observing displays of new, highly emotional behaviour in a 3 year old he works with. After a quick review of general development (in particular, her recent development of expressive language – she had recently begun talking) and interactions (between the child and practitioner, the child and others and self-talk during solo play), I identified a key element to these new outbursts of explosive anger and sadness.

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