This week, JKP Commissioning Editor Steve Jones was thrilled to attend the launch of Deborah M. Plummer‘s brand new book, Helping Children to Improve their Communication Skills: Therapeutic Activities for Teachers, Parents and Therapists at Trinity House, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, where Deborah is Senior Lecturer in Health Studies.

Deborah is a much-loved author of authoritative but accessible books focusing on different social and emotional challenges faced by children and young people. This is the ninth book that she has written for us, but the first to focus in particular on the important subject of communication issues – drawing on her own expertise as an experienced speech and language therapist and imagework practitioner.

In this book Deborah describes approaches, activities and games which can be used by anyone working with children aged 4-11 with a speech or language delay or disorder – to help them to develop skills such as articulation, vocabulary development, breath control, conversation skills and non-verbal communication.

The timing of publication has been fortuitous, with 2011 being the designated National Year of Communication and at a moment when awareness of the impact of communication on personal well-being has been raised by the success of the film The King’s Speech. We hope that this book will help the estimated 3-4 children in every classroom who have some form of long-term, persistent speech, language and communication difficulty.

Thank you to all those who contributed to the making the event such a success, including those who spoke on the night: Kathie Moore, Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences, Jane McLenachan, Head of the Social Work and Health Services Division and, of course, Deborah M. Plummer.

More books by Deborah M. Plummer!

Visit for more about Deborah and her work.

Also on the JKP Blog: Deborah talks about how the book ties in with the 2011 National Year of Communication.

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