Stories with Symbols announces new partnership with Usborne!
We are thrilled to launch this new official partnership with Usborne.
With Usborne as our partners, we will be able to support more children of different ages and abilities, with a wider range of additional needs, over a much broader range of videos - such as topic books, social and self-care and classic fairy tales.
With the close collaboration of education professionals across the country, these new videos - coming later this year and early 2022 - will be even better suited to classrooms and targeted interventions!
Videos for children with speech, language and communication
Videos for children with speech, language and communication needs
children with speech, language and communication needs
children with other special educational needs
speech and language therapists
schools and teachers
parents and carers
children learning English as an additional language (EAL)
young children with no additional needs
Who is it for?
What makes our videos unique?
The filming is done in a very specific way.
Our knowledge of language and communication difficulties determines the framing, focus and layout of the videos.
The face of the speaker is prominent and immediately beside the book.
The speaker's mouth is in view when talking.
The pace of the reading is measured.
Distractions are kept to a minimum.
The communication symbols support the meaning of the story. In this respect, our approach is quite similar to Makaton.
The symbols (made by Widgit) are high quality and clear.
The symbols are already used within the NHS, schools and specialist provisions across the UK.
Symbols are not shown for every word - this is deliberate. We carefully choose which symbols to display in order to convey meaning, without overwhelming the viewer or overcrowding the screen.
A visual '1 2 3' structure is used across all our videos - an example of our commitment to incorporate best practice from the world of special educational needs into our resources.
helps to sustain children’s attention.
gives a clear beginning, middle and end.
is reinforced visually throughout each video.
is predictable, which can be reassuring for some children.
Some of the stories are short and simple, and some are longer and more complicated, but they all follow the same format.
Dedicated vocabulary sections really bring learning words and ideas to life!
Context is really important to us. Words are first explored within the book, then they are transferred to physical objects, and then to real life, recognisable contexts. This approach is to make it easier for children to relate to the words.
We favour learning functional, useful words.
We use dynamic, fun, real-world video clips to reinforce word learning.
Sentence development is methodical. First, we visit words on their own. Then, they are developed into short, simple sentences.
Speech and language therapist
Research and Effectiveness lead
Central & NW London NHS Trust
Such a good idea, and so professionally done!
There are loads of schools who will benefit from seeing this approach to books and task tracking modelled.
I plan to share this widely!