1st Edition

Colourful Semantics

A Resource for Developing Children’s Spoken and Written Language Skills

Imprint: Speechmark
Paperback: 9780367210502
eBook: 9780429265112
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This comprehensive resource pack, developed in conjunction with education staff, draws on the principles of Alison Bryan’s original Colourful Semantics approach to provide professionals with an engaging, dynamic way to support children’s language development. By coding sentences using colour, symbols and signs, this visual approach aims to:

  • Teach understanding of question words
  • Develop vocabulary and increase sentence complexity
  • Increase range and complexity of verbs (children with delayed or disordered spoken language skills often overuse simple verbs such as do, go or get)
  • Improve children’s written language skills

This practical resource consists of three parts: a printed book containing ready-made session plan ideas, black and white vocabulary cards and worksheets; an online version using the current Colourful Semantics colour coding system, and an online version using the colour coding system used by Speech and Language Therapists from NHS Forth Valley.

This is an essential pack for teachers and professionals looking to work on language development with children aged four to nine. The flexible session plans can be used with individuals, small groups and whole classes, and can be easily adapted by Speech and Language Therapists, teachers and other practitioners.


What shape is used to represent ‘how’? (see p. 78)
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