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Speech and Language Programmes

Early Talk Boost

Early Talk Boost is a targeted intervention aimed at 3-4 year old children who need help with talking and understanding words, helping to boost their language skills to narrow the gap between them and their peers. The programme aims to accelerate children’s progress in language and communication by an average of 6 months, after a nine week intervention.

Children who are selected to take part in the intervention will attend three sessions per week during circle/story time, each lasting 15-20 minutes delivered by an early years practitioner. The sessions include activities that cover the foundation skills in speech, language and communication that children need for learning and understanding new words, as well as having conversations.

Hanen Programme

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1. The Learning Language and Loving It Program

Provides Early Learning practitioners with practical, research-based strategies for:


  • Promoting every child’s language development using natural everyday activities, routines and play

  • Adjusting the way you talk to help children develop more advanced language skills

  • Promoting interaction among the children themselves


2. Teacher Talk training (Junior to Senior Infants)

Identifies children’s conversational styles and the role teachers play in interactions

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