Language for Behaviour and Emotions


Developed by Anna Branagan, Melanie Cross and Stephen Parsons

LFBE front coverThis practical, interactive resource is designed to be used by professionals who work with children and young people who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs and Speech,Language and Communication needs. Gaps in language and emotional skills can have a negative impact on behaviour as well as mental health and self- esteem. Language for Behaviour and Emotions provides a systematic approach to developing these skills so that young people can understand and work through social interaction difficulties.

Key features include:

  • A focus on specific skills that are linked to behaviour, such as understanding meaning,
    verbal reasoning and emotional literacy skills.
  • A framework for assessment, as well as a range of downloadable activities, worksheets
    and resources for supporting students.
  • Sixty illustrated scenarios that can be used flexibly with a wide range of ages and
    abilities to promote language skills, emotional skills and self- awareness.

This invaluable resource is suitable for use with young people with a range of abilities
in one to one, small group or whole class settings. It is particularly applicable to children
and young people who are aiming to develop wider language, social and emotional skills
including those with Developmental Language Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Melanie Cross is a speech and language therapist who has worked with looked after children
for many years. Her work has focussed on developing speech and language therapy services
for children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH). This
work has resulted in publications including Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural
Difficulties and Communication Problems (2nd edition, 2011), and she was the lead author of
the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Clinical Guidelines on Social Emotional
and Mental Health. She is also a trainer, video interaction guider and supervisor.