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  • Sally the Sea Lion

    Sally the Sea Lion

    Sally the Sea Lion

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    by Sally Bates and Sarah-Leigh Wills.

    For early years: 12 months to 5 years.

    Look! Sally the Sea Lion is playing hide and seek on the beach with her best friend Ryan. Sally can’t see Ryan anywhere. Can you see him?

    Sally the Sea Lion is one of the Early Soundplay Series which has been developed by a speech and language therapist. These stories are fun to share, with lots of rhythm, rhyme and repetition. They help develop children's speech sound awareness, an important building block for success in early reading and writing.

    Info for SLTs:

    Founded on the principles of Auditory Input Therapy, the books are primarily designed to support children’s developing speech perception skills and phonological awareness by increasing the opportunity they have for hearing selected consonant targets produced in different vowel contexts.

    They also provide opportunities for practising sound production and can be used to support listening and attention and other language skills.

    Clickety Books are an attractive, fun and linguistically principled resource which can be used directly as part of a therapy programme for children with speech or literacy difficulties or indirectly by parents and teachers/early years professionals.

    The books lend themselves particularly well to small group work and may be used by parents or education professionals to assist generalisation of therapy targets or as an interim step prior to receiving therapy.

    Info for teachers and education professionals:

    In September 2012 Clickerty Books won a Practical Pre-School Gold Award for the -C/K Set of Clickety Books. The books are accompanied by audio CDs with lively narration by Rik Mayall.

    The testers said: "Gorgeous, good quality books! Great for all children, especially those with speech or language difficulties."

    "The repetitiveness really helped the children to learn and then remember the words. They especially enjoyed listening to the stories and reading the books for themselves. A big thumbs-up from us."

    The Primary Teacher Update Silver Award was for the -T Set of Clickety Books, accompanied by audio CDs with narration by Catherine Tate.

    The testers said: "A specialist set of books that are very original. The children liked the stories; they were fun to read."

    "They were great for encouraging sound awareness and the children very quickly joined in with repeating the sounds. We thought the adventurous word choice was great and really extended the children's vocabulary."

    What's special about Clickety Books?

    Clickety Books are have been designed to develop ALL children’s speech sound awareness, an essential building block for both clear speech and early literacy development. Just listening to the stories can help children develop their knowledge of speech sounds and how they combine in words and joining in the chorus will also give them plenty of practice saying the sounds.

    They can also be used as part of a support programme for any child presenting with speech, language or early literacy difficulties.

    Children who have speech intelligibility difficulties when they start school are likely to experience difficulties learning to read and spell. Success in early decoding and spelling is dependent on the ability to segment words into their constituent sounds which, in turn, depends on the ability to ‘hear’ the difference between sounds and recognise the same sound when they hear it spoken in different words.

    The books can also be used to promote children’s listening and attention and other language skills.


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