Commercial Resources


Commercial resources used by intermediaries

The following is a selection of commercially available resources that many intermediaries use at assessment and trial. This is not an exhaustive list of products available and we would like to add to this list over time. Comments and suggestions welcome to editor@intermediaries-for-justice.org

Item What it can be used for Where it can be sourced
Talking Mats A communication tool which uses a mat with symbols attached as the basis for communication Talking Mats Centre, 2 Beta Centre, Stirling University Innovation Park, Stirling FK9 4NF Scotland
Telephone: +44 (0) 1786 479511
Email: info@talkingmats.com
My first everyday lift-out Puzzle Used for basic vocabulary, single-word level language, functions and attributes – and perhaps speech sounds www.elc.co.uk
Sequencing cards (Basic; 4 step; 6&8 step for children and adult etc) Used to assess the witness’/ defendant’s ability to order an event correctly, when using pictures Winslow, Goyt Side Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 2PH
www.winslowresources.comLDA (Learning Development Aids) Findel Education Ltd, 2 Gregory Street, Hyde SK14 4TH
www.ldalearning.com
What’s Wrong Used to assess the ability to identify things that are incorrect in pictures. Assesses the ability to explain these discrepancies. Winslow, Goyt Side Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 2PH
www.winslowresources.comLDA (Learning Development Aids) Findel Education Ltd, 2 Gregory Street, Hyde SK14 4TH
www.ldalearning.com
Emotions learning cards Used to assess the ability to interpret and express emotions seen in pictures of others Winslow, Goyt Side Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 2PH
www.winslowresources.comLDA (Learning Development Aids) Findel Education Ltd, 2 Gregory Street, Hyde SK14 4TH
www.ldalearning.com
Cause and effect Used to assess the ability to identify and explain the consequence of actions in pictures Winslow, Goyt Side Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 2PH
www.winslowresources.com
Dolls – different races and ages Enables children to manipulate positions and body parts in different ways to support communication Various Early Learning Centre outlets throughout the UK and various supermarket chains that stock dolls
Miniature furniture Enables children to describe and show places and positions when giving evidence. Various Early Learning Centre outlets throughout the UK and various supermarket chains that stock dolls’ houses
Also www.elc.co.uk
Magnetic dressing 2d doll Enables users to show what they mean when answering questions about layers of clothing www.amazon.co.uk
Artist wooden dummy doll/ mannequin Enables users to show when describing positions, body parts etc when giving evidence www.amazon.co.uk
Guess who? Hasbro game Can be used for describing faces, facial parts, who’s got no earrings etc www.amazon.co.uk
Pencil, pens and paper and Post-it notes! Enable users to draw what has happened if they are unable to use words. Post-it notes can work well during police interviews to differentiate people, places, events. Readily available at any superstore or similar
Connect Four Great for putting a counter in when officer asks a question. (Perhaps fill a row then have a break.) www.direct.asda.com
Various ‘fidget’ and calming toys for adults, children and teenagers A range of mini lava lamps, koosh balls, spinners, gel-filled shapes etc, for calming Available from various suppliers
www.rompa.com
www.triangle.org.uk
Tangle or fiddle toys Can also be used for calming. Some use these to assist police in testing Truth and Lies (e.g. Did he break that?) www.tinknstink.co.uk
Boys mini fidget sensory box Used for building rapport or changing focus in breaks between questions www.sensorytoywarehouse.com
Pick n Mix Sand Timers Used for keeping to agreed timings e.g. breaks during assessment, interview or cross-exam www.tinknstink.co.uk
Understanding Emotions flip cards 30 small ring-bound photo cards used for naming or recognising emotions www.amazon.com
Peter and the Cat A short picture story used as a narrative assessment www.blacksheeppress.co.uk
Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford Used to explore receptive language, descriptive ability, narrative or prediction www.amazon.com
Idioms: People say the funniest things 70 colour illustrations (also downloadable) used to assess understanding of idioms www.blacksheeppress.co.uk
Social Responses: Basic level Twelve picture cards, illustrating common social interactions, designed to elicit responses and promote discussion www.blacksheeppress.co.uk

 

Commercial software used by intermediaries to produce tailor-made resources

Item What it can be used for Where it can be sourced
Communicate: In Print 2 A desktop publishing programme for creating symbol-supported resources for printing. The following symbols are used commonly: ‘listen’, ‘need a break’, ‘can’t understand’, ‘toilet’, ‘I feel sick’, ‘too tired’, ‘I’m embarrassed’ etc. Visual time tables, task management boards and time lines (e.g. order of trial) have also been produced by many intermediaries Widgit Software, 26 Queen St Cubbington, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 7NA
www.widgit.com
Talk about Abuse Symbol supported software to help people talk about abuse when working with the police and in Courts Widgit Software, 26 Queen St Cubbington, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV32 7NA
www.widgit.com
Boardmaker A software programme that enables production of symbols for a range of purposes e.g. ‘listen’, ‘break’, visual timetables etc as above Toby Churchill is a distributor in the UK
Tel: 01954 281210
www.mayer-johnson.com
Change Picture Banks CD Roms containing images that can be printed and used CHANGE, Unit 41, Shine, Harehills Road, Leeds LS8 5HS
www.changepeople.org
How it is An image vocabulary for children about feelings, rights and safety, personal care and sexuality. Devised jointly by NSPCC and Triangle www.nspcc.org.uk
www.triangle.org.uk

 

Commercial resources used by vulnerable witnesses and defendants

The following are just a selection of many resources that vulnerable individuals may use in the community. We are very keen to update this list with products not already listed here. Please contact us with your suggestions at editor@intermediaries-for-justice.org

Item What it can be used for Where it can be sourced
Autism Alert card Alerts the reader that the person carrying this card has autism National Autistic Society
www.autism.org.uk/card
Communication Passport Alerts the reader that the holder of this communication passport has difficulty communicating which could be because of a range of reasons. It also shows the best way in which that person can understand and communicate with others Various different formats available. However they were first developed by CALL Scotland
www.callscotland.org.uk
Disability bracelets Alerts others to the fact that the wearer has a specific disability e.g. Autism or Alzheimer’s Various organisations produce specific ones however custom made ones are available as well