Continuing Professional Development

Our speech and language therapists run a number of training courses for professionals, both in early years and at school age.  See details and leaflets below.

Please email for either our Early Years Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Brochure or our School Age CPD Brochure.


Early Years

Adapted More Than Words

This is a free 4 week training programme for Early Years Staff working in Bristol with a child with Autism or Social Communication Difficulties


Learning Language and Loving It

This is a free 7 week Hanen based training programme for Early Years Staff working in Bristol that promotes children’s social, language and literacy development.


School Age 

These courses are being run for school staff in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

All courses listed below are: Free Speech and Language Training for  LSAs, Teachers and SENCo’s working in Bristol and South Glos Schools.


The Communication Environment for Professionals

How to make schools and classrooms communication friendly environments including using visual support. 

Dates to follow


Higher Level Language

An introduction to supporting auditory memory difficulties and understanding of questions and abstract language.  Includes BLANK’s levels of questioning .


Information Carrying Words – Understanding Language

An introduction to Information Carrying Words (ICWs), how to adapt communication and activities to a child’s level of understanding. 

Dates to follow


Introduction to Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

An introduction into the different areas of speech, language and communication, where difficulties can occur and how to support students with SLCN. 


Narrative Therapy

An introduction to understanding narrative skills, narrative difficulties and narrative therapy.  Includes how to work on narrative skills within the curriculum.

Dates to follow


Getting Started with Signing for Professionals

An introduction to sign language for practitioners working with children who would benefit from learning sign. 


Supporting Children’s Vocabulary Development

An introduction to supporting students with recall and word learning difficulties.  Includes the importance of pre-teaching of curriculum vocabulary. 


Supporting Early Social Communication

An introduction to a range of strategies to support children with social communication difficulties or autism in school. 

You may also find our YouTube channel or the BBC's Tiny Happy People website and Hanen Centre's Tips for Parents helpful.


For Information on speech & language development, strategies and bitesize tips to share with colleagues and families, check out our series of short videos on our YouTube channel. You may also find more information on our useful links page.

Continuing Professional Development