Therapy resources for children experiencing speech and language difficulties

Marion Blank – Blank’s Levels of Questioning

Wise Words Language Programs are underpinned by the work of Marion Blank Ph.D. and her ‘Model of Classroom Language’. The language programs have been devised to target each of the four levels of understanding.

Marion Blank’s early work on classroom Language is commonly known as ‘Blank’s Levels of Questioning’. This model of classroom discourse continues to be widely used as a framework for intervention by teachers and Speech and Language Therapists/Pathologists around the world.

The Blank Model can be used equally effectively by parents, teachers or speech pathologists. This model of discourse encourages the person who is asking the question to simplify and restructure their language to a level which the child understands. The Blank’s model can be used in everyday exchanges with different children within the same group. Consequently, this model can be used effectively in the classroom and in multiple situations around the home.

Articulation Programs

Wise Words Articulation Programs offer parents, teachers and clinicians carefully staged activities as well as many enjoyable and interactive games. Playing these games will help to generalise the ‘new’ sound into everyday speech whilst maintaining the child’s compliance and enjoyment.

Wise Words Speech and Language Programs

The materials are provided as a download. Parents, teachers and speech pathologists may then print material appropriate to each child in their care. Thus, whole programs or parts of programs can be printed without having to carry booklets between home, a clinic or school. Should a purchaser require that the programs are loaded on to a disc and shipped via Australia Post, additional costs will apply. Please see the shipping and handling tab for further details.

The programs are professionally illustrated in black and white for economical printing.

Wise Words therapy materials have been devised and developed by Suzy Marshall, a practising paediatric Speech and Language Pathologist with more than 20 years experience.

The Wise Words materials are protected by copyright. Each page of a document displays the purchaser’s name/organisation. The purchaser is granted a licence to print or photocopy the materials to use with their child or those children under their care. If a licence is purchased by a clinic, school or institution the programs may be installed on up to 6 computers at one site.

The activities and tasks provided in the language resources have been carefully designed so that the therapist, teacher or parent can build upon each level of the child’s understanding. These programs provide numerous opportunities to develop a child’s receptive and expressive language.

Instructions for each task have been written in a clear manner for a non-professional to follow. This will ensure further practice at home or school. The questions or statements which the parent or teacher reads to the child are not formally phrased. They are presented in a natural conversational manner resembling everyday speech. Contractions are used such as ‘What’s it called? Who’s in the bath? Why can’t we use a …?’

Each language program is provided with or without the written label, in order to support those children who rely too heavily on reading the written prompt. At the same time, parents or carers have access to the written label in order to guide their child with each task.

The Wise Words programs support special needs teachers and special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs). Special needs teachers and coordinators work with teachers and parents to ensure that children with special educational needs get the appropriate support that they require at school.

Wise Words programs can be used successfully within the framework of Elkan training as our language programs provide support for children at various levels of understanding. The levels of questions allow teachers, parents or speech pathologists to adjust their comments or questions to suit individual children within a group framework or in a 1:1 session.

What we offer

Our programs offer speech pathologists, parents and teachers new tools to address the needs of children with speech and language difficulties. The Blank Model provides a framework for adults to adjust their discourse so that the child learns from the interaction and can build upon this level of interaction.