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Marvellous Mouth and Síolta

Marvellous Mouth Children's Speech and Oral Language Therapy


Síolta Standards and how Marvellous Mouth can be a partner in achieving them.

Standard 1: Rights of the child

Ensuring that each child's rights are met requires that she/he is enabled to exercise choice and to use initiative as an active participant and partner in her/his own development and learning.

Marvellous Mouth provides activities that are discovery-based, individualized, and child-initiated to address speech, language acquisition, oral health, diet, behaviour, and social skills.

Standard 2: Environments

Enriching environments, both indoor and outdoor (including materials and equipment) are well maintained, safe, available, accessible, adaptable, developmentally appropriate, and offer a variety of challenging and stimulating experiences.

Standard 3: Parents and Families

Valuing and involving parents and families requires a proactive partnership approach evidenced by a range of clearly stated, accessible and implemented processes, policies and procedures.

Marvellous Mouth provides parent handouts and recommendations for the home regarding each issue addressed in the book.  Parents will have an understanding of what is being introduced at school and will be able to participate in shaping the curriculum as it relates to their own children.

Standard 4: Consultation

Ensuring inclusive decision-making requires consultation that promotes participation and seeks out, listens to and acts upon the views and opinions of children, parents and staff, and other stakeholders, as appropriate.

Marvellous Mouth is designed to provide children opportunities to shape what they learn and when they learn.  The flexibility within the programme provides room for input from teachers, staff, and parents as well as the children.

Standard 5: Interactions

Fostering constructive interactions (child/child, child/adult and adult/adult) requires explicit policies, procedures and practice that emphasise the value of process and are based on mutual respect, equal partnership and sensitivity.

Marvellous Mouth covers the reasons that collaborative interaction is a valuable  learning strategy and  provides concrete examples of how to facilitate this style of learning.  Marvellous Mouth creates opportunities for role-playing social routines in a sensitive and non-threatening manner.

Standard 6: Play

Promoting play requires that each child has ample time to engage in freely available and accessible, developmentally appropriate and well-resourced opportunities for exploration, creativity and 'meaning making' in the company of other children, with participating and supportive adults and alone, where appropriate.

Marvellous Mouth provides specific activities as well as frameworks within which play can be scaffolded and used to further development of social skills as well as speech and language skills as well as to broaden the child’s interaction with and understanding of the environment.

Standard 7: Curriculum

Encouraging each child's holistic development and learning requires the implementation of a verifiable, broad-based, documented and flexible curriculum or programme.

Marvellous Mouth uses a holistic approach to developing specifically oral skills, but also addresses the whole child within the curriculum.  It is designed to show the children “what they need to know when they need to know it.”

Standard 8: Planning and Evaluation

Enriching and informing all aspects of practice within the setting requires cycles of observation, planning, action and evaluation, undertaken on a regular basis.

Standard 9: Health and Welfare

Promoting the health and welfare of the child requires protection from harm, provision of nutritious food, appropriate opportunities for rest, and secure relationships characterised by trust and respect.

Marvellous Mouth specifically addresses oral hygiene, diet, and nutrition.

Standard 10: Organisation

Organising and managing resources effectively requires an agreed written philosophy, supported by clearly communicated policies and procedures to guide and determine practice.

Standard 11: Professional Practice

Practising in a professional manner requires that individuals have skills, knowledge, values and attitudes appropriate to their role and responsibility within the setting. In addition, it requires regular reflection upon practice and engagement in supported, ongoing professional development.

Marvellous Mouth covers anatomical development related to oral communication and eating.  It provides foundation information on  typical speech and language acquisition as well as the most common developmental speech and language disorders.   Since approximately 10% of children have some problem with speech and language development, this programme provides sufficient knowledge and skills for the teacher to be an informed partner with the parent, the health nurse, and the speech and language therapist in identification and support of  children with speech and language difficulties as well as those who are at risk for them.

Standard 12: Communication

Communicating effectively in the best interests of the child requires policies, procedures and actions that promote the proactive sharing of knowledge and information among appropriate stakeholders, with respect and confidentiality.

See remarks in Standard 4