Links and resources

Communication Passports

We’ve had lots of requests for templates for Communication Passports. There is no ‘right’ way to do these and each needs to be personalised for (and by!) the person the Communication Passport is for, but if our templates are useful and give you ideas, please go ahead and use them. Please email us to let us know what you tried and how it went. We find people of all age can find a Communication Passport a really useful way to let people know what they want others to know and do to help communication go more smoothly.

Open access special edition on youth justice and speech language pathology (therapy) and new open access paper by Professor Pamela Snow

Fabulous range of useful papers here that can be read online or downloaded. Brilliant work from the team at Speech Pathology Australia’s Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech Language Pathology:

Pam Snow’s latest paper is a comprehensive update and again is open access.

  • Speech-Language Pathology and the Youth Offender: Epidemiological Overview and Roadmap for Future Speech-Language Pathology Research and Scope of Practice in Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools Volume 50, Issue 2.

Useful literacy resource for post-16s: Phonics Approaches Toolkit

Free to download on:

Three useful pages to follow from wonderful colleagues in speech-language pathology/therapy across the ditch 

David Kinnane’s Banter Speech and Language from Australia’s blog has some highly accessible and practical ideas for supporting children and young people’s language and communication development. We loved his latest on Developmental Language Disorder.


Dr Suze Leitao’s fabulous pages from Curtin University in Perth.

Dr Nathaniel Swain’s new blog summarising the latest research ‘Read the Research’ series kicks off with a fantastic paper by Dr Maxine Winstanley on justice/developmental language disorders. Winstanley, M., Webb, R. T., & Conti‐Ramsden, G. (2019). Psycholinguistic and socioemotional characteristics of young offenders: Do language abilities and gender matter?. Legal and Criminological Psychology. 

Bail Conditions template

  • We’ve had a few requests for this template showing a visual version of common conditions given to people on bail  recently so here you go! Talking Trouble bail conditions powerpoint template for public use We give permission for this to be used to help create communication accessibility (not for any financial gain please) and let us know your stories about how it was received.

Benchmark:best practice-best evidence with vulnerable people

New resource to help create communication accessible Family Group Conferences

  • This resource written by our amazing, Alayne McKee appeared in the Youth Crime Action Plan newsletter published 1 Oct 2018 and is designed to help Family Group Conferences be as communication accessible as possible. Check out useful practical tips and examples to help children, young people and families/whānau give their views and follow the discussion. Good-Communication-Practice in-FGCs

Youth Voices about Youth Justice

Our Communication Postcards

  • These can be downloaded as a pdf (look on the right of this page for the link) to help professionals think about how they can help to communication as effective as possible. These cards were developed as part of a project we have been doing this year with the fabulous team of social workers and Family Group Conference coordinators at Oranga Tamariki Youth Justice, and they were shared at a youth justice stakeholders meeting with Police YouthAid, Drug and Alcohol Counsellors and others.  Let us know how you use them and what impact they have.

TTANZ Communication Checklist

  • We’ve developed this checklist for our own work. You are welcome to download and use this. Please only share with appropriate acknowledgement of TTANZ.TTANZ SLT Assessment Communication Checklist young person November 2016 fillable form
  • We’ve updated our checklist to create a shorter version, and if you want a really quick one page profile checklist, check out the rapid checklist. These can be used by you or other people to help you reflect on what you have observed about a person’s speech, language and communication profile.

TTANZ Rapid Speech Language and Communication Profile Tool 2017

TTANZ SLT Quick Communication Checklist 2017

  • We are also developing a resource to help young people reflect on their own skills that is designed specifically for NZ young people (contact us if you would like a copy).

NZSTA Giving Voice Communication Access Checklist

  • NZSTA (the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists’ Association) has a Giving Voice Aotearoa campaign on currently which we are proud to be part of. Use this Giving Voice checklist tool to help reflect on how communication is at your place/in your service. This is a quick and easy tool that you can use yourself or with your team to think about things you can do to make your place and service easier from a communication perspective. Sally from our team was involved in the development of this tool which takes a similar approach to what we have used in some of the big projects we have been involved in e.g. recently we used it in a conference workshop to help Paediatricians to think about how they communicate with children and families/whānau using their services and what they’d like to change. If you use it, get in touch and tell us how it has gone for you or explore the links below for things you can do to make things easier.

Books and practical resource manuals

TTANZ can provide a service to make your materials in an “Easy Read” format – contact us to discuss this.


 NZ Children’s Commissioner’s Listening 2 Kids resource. 

Useful and practical advice and ideas for anyone, or any organisation wanting to engage with children and  young people to hear their views.

Raise Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder

Watch videos, download articles and slides about Developmental Language Disorder. Sally has been involved in the international CATALISE project linked to this website. CATALISE worked on developing terminology and frameworks for talking about language difficulties in children. A useful summary of what the CATALISE project was about can be found here:


The Royal College of Speech Language Therapists in the UK have run an extremely active and successful campaign to raise awareness of the communication needs of young offenders.

Raising Your Game

Raising Your Game’s project by Mencap has developed a range of resources including a film “Getting Ready for Court”

Restorative Practice/Restorative Justice resources

Attending Restorative Justice meetings or participating in other Restorative Practice activities can often involve a lot of talk. Efforts are being made to ensure all can fully participate and these links might be useful to look at:

Videos and materials from MOE’s PB4L website by Professor Chris Marshall that consider how schools might become Restorative Practice contexts

Videos and materials from MOE’s PBMargaret Thorsbone’s website which has a link to her books written with Nick Burnett, called Restorative Practice and Special Needs.

Restorative Justice Aotearoa NZ has a wealth of information:

START: Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust

Pamela Snow

Associate Professor Pamela Snow in Australia is one of the leading international researchers in the area of language difficulties and young offending and has written a recent article here:

The Thirty Million Words Initiative

This American website provides advice and support for families with young children to help build oral language skills


NZ information about producing Easy Read documentation is available here:

People First NZ produce fantastic resources and guides to producing Easy Read documentation:

Examples of  Easy Read documentation in legal contexts from the UK are here:

COMET/Talking Matters project

Auckland initiative involving many community partners to foster oral language in preschoolers

Blacksheep Press

Wide range of oral language resource packs that can be downloaded

Barry Prizant

Please read Barry’s book, Uniquely Human which is about autism and so much more. He is talking about his approach in this video and the professional development he presented recently in Auckland was fantastic.

Elaine Meyer

Elaine recently presented in Auckland with Barry Prizant about working with families and their content was inspiring and so practical. You can get a taste of Elaine’s approach on this video, ‘On being present, not perfect’:


Impact of Trauma on children

There are many excellent sources of information about how experiences of abuse, trauma, family violence and negative experiences can affect children’s development (including speech, language and communication development), but some that we particularly like are listed below:

Life Story Work

  • Richard Rose’s ‘Serve and Return’  – a short video showing his beautiful explanation of how attachment develops between children and parent and how this process can be disrupted. Richard deliver Life Story Work and has authored some very useful books on this and delivers training which is superb for anyone wanting to assist children to understand their own lives and have a way of talking about what has happened to them. Great ideas for developing emotional literacy too.

Harvard Centre on the Developing Child

Put aside a few hours to explore this amazing resource. Sign up for their newsletters.

Circle of Security

Another treasure trove of resources about attachment and parenting.  I particularly like their animations that are useful for professionals and families.

Dan Hughes

Dan’s work has developed Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: Attachment Focused Treatment for Childhood Trauma & Abuse and his website provides useful resources for those working in this area:

Dave Ziegler

Jasper Mountain is the place that Dave and others have created where they pioneer approaches that work for children who have tried just about everything else. A wealth of publications, books and training have resulted.

How to structure your pepeha

Life My Skills guidelines

Practical resources for people to work through to develop skills like assertive communication skills or better strategies to deal with anger etc

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