Communication is a complex and important process which can be difficult to master at any age, especially in childhood. At Kazzum Arts we work to ensure that every child can communicate their thoughts, feelings and imaginations, supporting those around them to do the same.
Speech Bubbles is a primary school drama intervention supporting children’s communication skills, confidence and wellbeing. The programme has been developed by London Bubble Theatre Company, alongside Speech and Language Therapists and schools since 2007.
Speech Bubbles sessions are a different kind of experience to a clinical intervention, practitioners work to create a space which is collaborative, playful and fun. It is designed for children aged 5-7 years old that lack confidence in communicating, have difficulty organising thoughts, have poor attention or listening skills or face challenges when forming peer –peer relationships.
In some areas of the UK up to 50% of children are starting school with delayed communication skills
1 in 10 children have Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
In some areas of the UK, up to 75% of pupils may have limited language
88% of children referred to Speech Bubbles have shown improvement in their learning, speaking and listening.
The approach encourages children to tell, act out and reflect on their own stories. Practitioners use a thoroughly proven structure and their expert knowledge of whole body communication to promote children’s communication, confidence and wellbeing.
Evidence collected by the Communication Trust suggests that, in some areas as many as 50% of children are starting school with delayed communication skills. Teachers report that as well as teaching reading and writing they increasingly have to teach KS1 children to speak and to play.
Speech Bubbles provides a proven and cost-effective way to make sure that children develop the communication skills needed for the KS1 classroom.
Work with us
Kazzum are working with the University of East London as a Speech Bubbles delivery partner across the London borough of Newham. If you are a Newham based school and would like to find out more information about this programme, download our PDF info sheet, or get in touch:
or visit www.londonbubble.org.uk
This work has been generously funded by St James Place and the Earnest Cook Trust.