University of Edinburgh

Colourful Semantics and Strategies to help a deaf child at school

Presented on Wednesday, 30th August 2017


What is Colourful Semantics? Alison Bryan (creator of Colourful Semantics) delivered this workshop to enable participants to deliver the intervention in school.

Colourful Semantics is the 'meaning of the words' and this is made colourful by breaking down and colour coding different parts of a sentence. Colourful Semantics is a speech and language therapy intervention that indirectly works on developing a child's grammar through the use of:

  • Spoken sentences
  • Answering W/H questions
  • Use of nouns, verbs, prepositions and adjectives
  • Story telling skills
  • Written sentences and language comprehension.

Workshop participants will now be able to work through the programme to encourage the child to create sentences. This is initially taught by focusing on sorting out colours, which then progresses to an understanding that there are different parts that make up a sentence.

Participants said:

"All content and theoretical focus was especially relevant to me. It was great to revisit this and refresh my theory to practice motivation."

"Well explained, very practical course, great ideas."

Target Audience

Teachers of the deaf, mainstream teachers, educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, support staff, and parents.


Alison Bryan, Independent Speech & Language Therapist.


10.10 am What is it? - Where does it come from? - Theoretical underpinning

11 am Learning and practising the basics - CORE LEVEL

1.15 pm CORE LEVEL - application

2 pm BROAD and NARROW level - application - Your next steps?

3.30 pm Course Summary and Evaluation