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 Family Group Conferences
Youth Voices about Youth Justice
- Check out our Youth Voices about Youth Justice report, the animations and set of challenge cards here 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.
- 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
- Book: “Language Builders for Vulnerable Young People” published by ELKAN
Excellent practical book written specifically for people supporting young people involved in YJ
- Book: Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Communication Problems: There is Always a Reason by Melanie Cross (2011) Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 2nd Revised edition
- Book: Functional Language in the Classroom (and at Home) by Maggie Johnson. (2015)Clinical Communication Materials, Manchester Metropolitan University, contact email@example.com to order. Highly practical and well-priced resource.
- Book: Helping Children to Hang On To Your Every Word, also by Maggie Johnson, published by QED publications. http://www.qed.uk.com/maggiejohnson.htm
- The Communication Trust – Many free resources for parents/carers and professionals about meeting speech, language and communication needs
- Speechmark publishers – wide range of wonderful resources for working on language and behaviour/emotions. Resources by Catherine Delamain and Jill Spring offer highly practical ideas for developing language and communication skills across home and school. ‘Time Matters’ has a specific chapter on youth justice settings as well as useful resources for teaching the language of time. ‘Bothered: Helping teenagers talk about their feelings’ provides activities and great visuals. The Talkabout range of resources is very helpful for group or individual work on development of social skills and the talk needed to participate in work on emotions. A NZ supplier for Speechmark carries a reduced range of their catalogue.
- Blacksheep Press – wide range of very reasonably priced oral language resource packs that can be downloaded and photocopied. Some relate specifically to language related to emotions/behaviour and social skills
- A Blob YMCA Toolbox. Pip Wilson has developed many resources that help with emotions and behaviour in a highly visual way
- Resources from Hanen. These resources are designed to support participants attending Hanen courses where parents/carers or professionals develop strategies to use speech, language and communication enabling strategies in their own contexts (home, education setting etc). The books, videos and other resources are excellent even if it is not possible to attend one of their courses. Aimed at early, preschool and primary aged groups primarily
- Thirty Million Words website
Short films and advice from this American website support for families with young children to help build oral language skills
- Do2Learn – Resources for creating visuals for day to day life at home/school and amazing resources on developing an awareness of the language involved in emotions
- Easy Read resources – – guidance on producing clear written information
- http://www.odi.govt.nz/resources/guides-and-toolkits/disability-perspective/resources/plain-language.html how to make information accessible a guide to producing easy read documents
TTANZ can provide a service to make your materials in an “Easy Read” format – contact us to discuss this.
- ‘Up Goer 5’ text editor – try typing a sentence to see if you are using words occur most commonly in English
- The Advocate’s Gateway
Excellent website for law professionals e.g. practical examples of good / poor questioning of vulnerable young people. Extensive information about witness intermediary schemes (called Court Communication Assistance in NZ). Videos, tool kits and resource lists e.g.
“General Principles from Research: Planning to question a vulnerable person or someone with communication needs’
“Effective Participation of Young Defendants”
- Interactive courtroom resource. We want a version of this for the NZ courts.
- Book: Intermediaries in the criminal justice system: improving communication for vulnerable witnesses and defendants by Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson, 2015, published by
- Royal College of Speech Language Therapists’ Youth Justice webpages
- Sentence Trouble Project – Excellent film and booklet designed for professionals working in YJ about language and communication. This project was part of The Communication Trust.
- The Communication Trust submitted evidence concerning youth justice and communication skills to a UK parliamentary select committee in March 2012 and their report is available here:
- UK’s Youth Justice Board new screening tool
(slide 33 shows the new UK YJ speech language and communication screening tool. A new NZ tool is in development – contact TTANZ for more information).
- NACRO Youth Crime Briefing: Speech, language and communication difficulties: young people in trouble with the law
- Raising Your Game – Getting Ready For Court film for a UK audience of young people with language and learning difficulties.
- Autism and the police
- Henderson, E. (2014). Cross-examining children. Law Talk.
- Henderson, E. (2015). ‘A very valuable tool’: Judges, advocates and intermediaries discuss the intermediary system in England and Wales. The International Journal of Evidence and Proof. Vol 19(3), 154-171.
- England/ Wales Ministry of Justice Procedural Guidance Manual for Registered Intermediaries
- Snow, P.C. & Powell, M.B. (2011). Youth (In)justice: Oral language competence in early life and risk for engagement in antisocial behaviour in adolescence. Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, 435.
- Woodward, M., Hepner, I., & Stewart, J. (2014) ‘Out of the Mouth of Babes: Enabling children to give evidence in the justice system‘, Alternative Law Journal, 39:1, pp27-30
- Hepner, I., Woodward, M., & Stewart, J. (2015) ‘Giving the Vulnerable a Voice in the Criminal Justice System: The Use of Intermediaries with individuals with Intellectual Disability‘, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 22:3, pp453-464. For the early online edition (November 2014) please click here.
- Talking Trouble Aotearoa NZ (our own organisation)
- The videos of Prof. Pamela Snow’s presentations from Oct 2013 are particularly useful. Pamela’s blog: http://pamelasnow.blogspot.com.au
- TTANZ publications in the Youth Court Newsletter:
Kedge, S. (2014). Special Report: Talking Trouble NZ Language and communication difficulties: children and young people involved with the legal system
- Kedge, S. & McCann, C. (2016). Meeting speech, language and communication needs. Court In The Act: Newsletter of the NZ Youth Court.
- Our chapter in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Adults: Ethical and Legal Perspectives
Volume 63 of the series International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine pp 139-147
- Oral Language and Communication Factors to Consider When Supporting People with FASD Involved with the Legal System
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
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:
- Pamela also write a regular blog: The Snow Report. Her posts on restorative justice conferencing http://pamelasnow.blogspot.co.nz/2014_04_01_archive.html
- and language competence and vulnerable young people are particularly relevant to our work
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
Wide range of oral language resource packs that can be downloaded
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 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’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:
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