Black Sheep Press, Resources for teachers and speech and language therapists
Resources for teachers and speech and language therapists working with children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and speech, language & communication needs (SLCN), that's our business.
For 25 years, our family business has provided cost-effective, attractive resources, devised by experts and loved by children. Our resources are used by teachers & speech and language therapists in their work with children who suffer from Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and other communication needs.
Clear instructions and appealing illustrations are our hallmark.
We are confident that our worksheets, assessments and Apps will work for you and the children you help.
Don’t take our word for it, read what our customers say!
‘I use them every day in school. Couldn't do my job without them.’ JD
‘The resources are great value. They save me lots of time and are fun to use.’ Learning Support Teacher, SS
'Very useful! I use on a day to day basis with children ranging from age 5-11. Each one gets so much out of them and they also enjoy completing them. Love them!!' Teaching assistant
'Very important to all our students they get used on a daily basis and form a large part of our Top Ten most used resource.' UK University
'An absolutely invaluable resource.' SENCO
Speech & Language Therapist
‘Fantastic resources for intervention, groups, home practice etc. I couldn't and wouldn't be without BSP!’ NHS SLT, AK
‘The resources have empowered all of the children that I have worked with…’ SLT, DH
'Amazing, you're doing a fab job. Have been using BSP resources for years!' Private practice SLT
'Couldnt live without it!' NHS SLT
Parents & Carers
‘We are absolutely thrilled with the material and are certain our daughter will benefit immensely.’ RW, New Zealand
‘Great resources for my son.’ KR
‘My child loves the pictures.’ LC
'Very useful. My child loves the pictures. I find everything I need when I go looking thank you!' Parent, Eire
We partner UK and international experts in developing innovative material responsive to the needs of children and young people. Our materials are devised by experienced professionals based on their day to day work.
With the commitment and enthusiasm of a family business, we are proud to provide excellent service combined with the flexibility necessary to respond to your needs.
Sarah Parkin is a Speech and Language Therapist working within Preschool Clinics and Mainstream School Support Service in Stockport. She qualified from Manchester Metropolitan University and has developed a special interest in phonology and its links to literacy development. Helen Rippon designs and illustrates most of our worksheets. She qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist and has worked mainly in community clinics but for the last five years has been lead therapist for the Mainstream Schools Special Needs Service in Grimsby.
Dr Liz Dean
Dr Liz Dean is a speech and language therapist who has 30 years experience working within the NHS and charitable sectors as well as in the education of speech and language therapy students. For the last seven years Liz has headed up the Independent SLT Practice ‘Langlearn 1 ’ which provides specialist SLT services for clients with complex disabilities across the North West of England.
Helen, a Highly Specialist SLT, is a key member of BSP, our main author and illustrator. Her resources have been developed to solve ‘real life’ clinical issues, often created in response to feedback from customers.
Helen spent most of her 40 year career supporting children with severe and complex communication disorders. She is now a consultant for two local schools, working alongside teaching staff.
Recent Research from Dr. Emily Dawes from Curtin University in WA
Recent Research – The hidden language skill: oral inferential comprehension in children with developmental language disorder
Abstract: Children with developmental language disorder (DLD) experience significant difficulty with inferential comprehension, a skill which is essential for effective communication and reading comprehension. The first study created a profile of the language and cognitive skills which significantly contribute to oral inferential comprehension in 5 to 6 year old children with DLD. The second study was a randomised controlled trial of a novel inferential comprehension intervention which was effective at improving the skill in this population.
Click link to go to Abstract & download paper- 322pages.
FREE information sheets about our speech and language therapy resources
Free Information Sheets – following her recent experiences in local primary schools, Helen Rippon, SLT, realised that information sheets about our speech and language therapy resources for developmental language disorders and other speech and language related issues, could be very useful for both teachers and parents/carers.
This is our first set of free information sheets which cover narrative language skills.
This can be downloaded and printed for distribution as wished.