Not Just Talking: Identifying non-verbal

communication difficulties – A life-changing approach

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‘Not Just Talking: Identifying non-verbal communication difficulties – A life-changing approach’ (Speechmark 2012)

This book covers:

  1. Non-verbal communication theory

  2. Normal and disordered development

  3. Problems arising: behaviour; social skills; education; in the family

  4. Prevention

  5. Assessment

  6. Intervention

Generally, children with poor non-verbal skill development will have limited ability to communicate effectively in all situations. They may even be ‘shut down’, i.e. not attempting to communicate unless they choose to. This flagship book provides a whole new perspective and presents a concrete alternative approach to tackling the fundamentals from which communication difficulties arise. Suitable for use with children of all ages.

Published Reviews

SEN Magazine

Sioban Boyce is a speech and language therapist who worked in the NHS for more than 18 years. Recently she has worked as an independent specialist in the development of non-verbal communication in children. In this book, she details an innovative approach to dealing with communication difficulties in children who have learned to talk, but who are unable to communicate effectively.

Like many Speechmark publications, this is a spiral bound book with a built in flap to help you keep your place. It is divided into a number of chapters which cover the basics of non-verbal communication, causes of problems, communication development from toddler-age to adulthood, and assessment and intervention.

Boyce also includes a section on training opportunities for those working with children of different ages and she makes reference to other resources such as the Not Just Talking Resource Pack and the Assessment Pack.

Boyce stresses that her approach to communication differs from the traditional speech and language approach in that she has successfully trained support workers,teachers and social workers to deliver her programme. The assessment process is clearly set out and assessments are available for a range of ages from pre-talking babies and toddlers to teenagers.

Boyce makes some very interesting observations about the different ways in which girls and boys develop language skills and this is one of many engaging aspects of this useful and practical resource.”

Mary Mountstephen, SEN Magazine, Issue 61 Nov/Dec 2012


“What a super, practical therapy resource! It is an innovative approach devised by the experienced speech and language therapist author following her encounters with increased numbers of children who had learned to talk but who were still unable to communicate effectively. Devised in the late 1990s, this theory has been used with success not only by the author but a wide range of educators. It promotes the good use of non-verbal skills in children and tackles the fundamentals from which communication difficulties arise.”
Martine Horvarth, Early Years Educator