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.

Here is a 15 minute video which introduces LFBE

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Melanie Cross is a Speech and Language Therapist who has spent a 25 or so years working with looked after children and those who have social emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

Right from the beginning she’s wondered why these children and young people (CYP) have the strengths and skills gaps that they experience. She has pondered about what the implications of these issues might be for them and has worked hard to find ways to engage CYP and help them learn the skills they need.

She is the author of ‘Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Communication Problems’ (JKP 2011), 2nd edition. She is also an Advisor on child mental health and she was lead author of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Clinical Guidelines on Social Emotional and Mental Health and their mental health learning journey.  Melanie is also a trainer, supervisor and Video Interaction Guider and Supervisor

View Melanie’s page on LinkedIn

To access online resources which accompany this book click here:

LfBE online resources

click on the ‘resources’ tab at the top.
Fill in the request access details on the right-hand side. You will need a copy of the book with you to answer the security question. An activation code will get emailed to you. Come back to this page and enter the code. This will then allow access to the extensive online resources.


Amazon reviews for Language for Behaviour and Emotions

An excellent resource. As a specialist SEN teacher, I will be recommending this book to many of the secondary schools I work with. It is clearly written and totally accessible. The initial baseline identification clearly highlights areas of challenge to work on and so progress can be better measured. It is a resource that should encourage students to engage with talking about areas of difficulty they may have previously been embarrassed to talk about and to develop skills and strategies to support them in school, home and wider community.’
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Excellent all round resource for older primary / secondary students. This is a fantastic resource and worth every penny. As a Specialist Teacher I have already recommended this on numerous occasions to schools for the children that I have assessed. It’s baseline assessment and scenarios are excellent tools to gauge where to start. We often hear the phrase ‘behaviour is communication’ and this actually does something to help remedy this in a structured, well researched and accessible way. Thank you – it is what has been needed for a long time! ’
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