Speechmark books and materials on speech and language, special educational needs and social and emotional wellbeing provide best practice and inspiration to practitioners in education, health and social care. Speechmark is now a part of Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group. Outside the Box has been distributing Speechmark’s fantastic range for over 12 years.

101 Playground Games


101 Playground Games is a collection of active and engaging school playground games that will encourage active learning and social development among children at playtime.

101 Wet Playtime Games and Activities


The aim of this book is to make sure you are prepared and that you have a wealth of ideas up your sleeve for wet playtime activities.

50 Top Tips for Managing Behaviour


It is a brilliant resource to have as part of an induction pack or as an essential companion to continuing professional development. Suitable for both Primary and Secondary Teachers.

Achieving Speech and Language Targets


The authors emphasise the crucial role of play in language development and the book offers more than 200 games and activities to help children achieve their targets for each stage using a simple, structured layout.

Activity & Reminiscence Handbook, The


– Hundreds of Ideas in 52 Weekly Sessions

This comprehensive guide from Speechmark provides a bumper book of original resource material for reminiscence and activities with older people for a whole year!

Anger Management


– A Practical Resource for Children with Learning, Social and Emotional Difficulties

This is a comprehensive, practical resource that facilitates the development of children’s belief in their own ability to change and equips them with the skills to achieve change.

Art and Design for Children with SEN


The purpose of this book is to offer professionals working with children with special educational needs (SEN) a compilation of tried and tested themed lessons, designed to excite and involve children in developing their creative art skills.

Augmentative and Assistive Communication with Children


This practical resource is designed to help the families and professionals who support children who use AAC to interact with the world around them.

Autism and Managing Anxiety


This easy-to-use resource is a compilation of theoretical background and concrete approaches designed to increase understanding and outline strategies to support autistic children and young people who experience anxiety in the school environment.

Autism Through A Sensory Lens


The fully revised second edition of this easy-to-use resource introduces the sensory differences autistic children may face, and explores how these differences can affect their ability to make sense of the world.

Behaviour 4 My Future


This highly practical emotional literacy resource engages young people and motivates them to improve their behaviour at school.

Behaviour Diaries: An Assessment Tool for Supporting Children with Behavioural Difficulties


It provides a sophisticated technique for teachers to observe, assess, plan and evaluate to improve pupil behaviour.

Behaviour Learning Programme, The


This is a practical resource to reduce inappropriate behaviour.

Big Book of Blob Feelings


The Big Book of Blob Feelings uses questions linked to specially selected, photocopiable pictures to help explore feelings with those who struggle to communicate about their emotions.

Big Book of Blob Feelings – Book 2, The


A special selection of photocopiable blob pictures designed for work on feelings.

Big Book of Blob Trees, The


The Big Book of Blob Trees features 70 different Blob trees that can be used as prompts to explore feelings.

Big Book of Blobs, The (2nd Edition)


The Big Book of Blobs is a collection of Blob pictures that can be used as prompts to explore feelings.

Blaster – Card Game


Blaster is a fun, fast-paced card game to develop children’s problem-solving skills and social awareness. Players will learn to approach challenging situations with constructive thoughts, communication and actions and are encouraged to consider the consequences of different choices in a safe environment.

Blob Anger Book, The


This book includes a wide range of scenarios and situations to enable the identification of feelings and discussions about the most appropriate way to deal with anger.

Blob School


Blob School is an educational resource designed specifically for one of the main purchasers of the Blobs – teachers! This practical resource aims to cover all the key areas of school life so that teachers, assistants, school workers, pupils and parents can reflect upon a wide range of contexts and issues which occur throughout the school year.

Blobs Training Manual, The


This comprehensive resource book for understanding and using Blobs

Bothered: Helping Teenagers Talk about their Feelings


This book is full of tools and techniques to enable teenagers to understand self-awareness, self-esteem and give them the ability to thrive.

Building Blocks for Communication


This practical book provides school staff with lots of LEGO activities to use with children of all ages 5 – 16 to improve communication skills.

Can’t Talk, Want to Talk!


This beautifully illustrated storybook is for children with selective mutism to see that they can make a new friend.

ColorCards: Decades Discussion Cards


This title includes 40 photographic cards to introduce, remind and inform about people, places and events of the 1950s and 60s.

Colorcards: Problem Solving


This title offers illustrating problems and solutions. Illustrating problems and two possible ways of solving them, this pack of 48 cards is ideal for use in the classroom or clinic with children and adults of all ages.

ColorCards: WH Questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why


The cards can be used in groups or one-to-one situations and are designed to help the development of key skills of exploring and understanding through language.

ColorCards: What’s Missing?


What’s Missing? Second Edition is designed to promote observation, visual and auditory skills including the development of descriptive language.

Colourful Semantics


This is an essential pack for teachers and professionals looking to work on language development with children aged four to nine.

Communicate with Me


Communicate with Me is a resource for anyone involved in supporting children or adults with a learning disability who can facilitate change within service structures and promote good practice in their teams.

Counselling with Reality Therapy


This edition provides a jargon-free and practical explanation of a theory and method of counselling which can be used in any therapeutic relationship.

Creative Dance and Movement in Groupwork


It provides guidance and practical information that is suitable for working with clients of all ages and for those with a professional or practical interest in the educational, health, recreational or psychotherapeutic use of the arts, this book may act as one of many guiding lights on your journey.

Creative Drama Groupwork for People with Learning Difficulties


The revised second edition of this practical manual is filled with easy-to-follow exercises and activities designed to facilitate creative drama sessions for people with learning difficulties.

Creative Drama in Groupwork


150 ideas for drama in one practical manual makes this a veritable treasure trove which will inspire everyone to run drama sessions creatively, enjoyably and effectively.


Creative Music in Groupwork


This is is an inspirational manual that offers users effective ways of entering the field of music groupwork with adults of all ages and abilities.


Creative Play and Drama with Adults at Risk


This hands-on manual offers a clear introduction to play and drama work for professionals working with adults at risk.


Creative Play with Children at Risk


The book shows that play is an essential part of children’s healthy development and many children ‘at risk’ are those who are unable to play.

Creative Storytelling with Children at Risk (2nd Edition)


This practical book will improve the play skills – through storytelling and story work.

Developing Baseline Communication Skills (2nd Edition)


Developing Baseline Communication Skills is a practical resource designed to fit with baseline assessments in primary school

Developing Children’s Speech, Language and Communication Through Stories and Drama


Using drama activities based on a range of classic and modern stories, this inspiring resource uses simple, practical and effective tools to improve children’s speech, language and communication.

Developing Decision-making with Children and Young People with SEN


We all make decisions every day, but are you aware of the process you use to make a decision? This essential practical guide for education and associated professionals, using education-focused case studies throughout to illustrate key points, explains the mechanics of decision-making, introducing the associated language and concepts.

Developing Early Communication, Language and Learning Skills at Home


This book provides parents, teachers and therapists with a range of playful and engaging activities to consolidate and develop children’s language and communication skills at home and school.

DLD and Me: Supporting Children and Young People with Developmental Language Disorder


DLD and Me is a functional, engaging resource for children and young people with DLD and the professionals and families that work with them.

Dynamic Assessment of Language Learning, The


This practical, accessible manual for Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists and Educators who assess children with language impairments, explains how and why to implement Dynamic Assessment and gives you a huge range of ready-to-use, practical tools.

Educating and Supporting Girls with Asperger’s and Autism


This resource is designed to support education and health professionals to better understand how autism (including Asperger’s syndrome) can present in girls; explaining the various difficulties and disadvantages that girls on the autism spectrum can face in educational settings.

Emotional Wellbeing: An Introductory Handbook


The second edition of this guide has been fully updated and includes a new chapter on resilience as well as additional material on recognising and dealing with anxiety and anger.


Exploring Well-Being in Schools


This accessible book expertly guides you through the conflicting perspectives on well-being found in the educational world.

Feelings Artbook, The (2nd Edition)


This fun, imaginative book offers children a way to develop their emotional literacy skills through creativity and drawing.


First Phrases: Familiar Objects


These brightly coloured and clearly illustrated cards from the ‘First Phrases’ series are designed to promote the crucial step from a spoken vocabulary of some 30 to 50 words, to two-word linking.


Graphic Lives: The Set


Graphic Lives is a series of highly engaging graphic novels for young people who may need counselling and psychotherapy. Each book introduces the difficulties faced by a teenage character and follows them as they travel on their therapeutic journey with a skilled and creative therapist.


Group Activities for Personal Development


Aimed at professionals working with groups that are developing social skills and exploring relationships, this photocopiable handbook is a vital collection of workshops covering specific themes.


Group Games: Building Relationships


This book is a comprehensive collection of 140 games and activities to foster personal development, improve social communication skills and strengthen group dynamics.


Group Games: Dealing with Aggression


This book offers a variety of games and activities to control and reduce aggression. It encourages the participants to express their anger in a controlled environment so that they may recognise the triggers of anger and aggression and learn how to control it.


Groupwork for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Age: 3-5


 – An Integrated Approach

This is the first of three books promoting a multidisciplinary approach to working with children on the autism spectrum.

Groupwork for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Ages: 11-16


 – An Integrated Approach

This book includes a short, easy-to-read theoretical background to ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). The book focusses on the underlying impairments and their impact on sensory processing, motor development, play, language and communication skills, social skills, emotional development and behaviour for the relevant age group.



Gymtherapy is an invaluable guide for teachers, social workers, school leaders and anyone with an interest in providing for the welfare and wellbeing of the children they work with.


How Do I…Date? – Cards


These cards will really facilitate tackling issues that may seem straightforward but are often overlooked and are the source of anxiety and confusion.

How do I…Get a Job? – Cards


– Preparing for Obtaining a Job and Coping in the Workplace

This game is designed as a resource to help young people learn to understand and prepare for work experience, job-seeking, interviews and coping in the workplace. In particular young people with a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum find interviews difficult in the same way as they may struggle with day-to-day conversations.

Inclusive Teaching in a Nutshell


Inclusive Teaching in a Nutshell is a visual, easy-to-read and honest guide for teachers who are looking for practical ways to adapt their teaching to meet the needs of all pupils.

Keeping out of Trouble


This programme enables secondary schools to provide interventions targeted at students who are or are at risk of committing criminal offences.

Language for Behaviour and Emotions


This book provides a systematic approach to developing these skills so that young people can understand and work through social interaction difficulties.

Language Kit for Primary Schools, The


The Language Kit for Primary Schools is a comprehensive toolkit that delivers group interventions in order to support language and communication in schools.

Learning To Become Socially Talented Children


The aim of this book is to provide resources to facilitate the learning of new skills related to social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD).

Let’s Talk: Resilience – Boxed Card Set


Let’s Talk: Resilience are cards to improve communication and confidence. To understand more about resilience, these cards help to develop resilience skills and look at how to use different strategies to be resilient in difficult situations.

Motivational Games and Activities for Groups


The exercises and activities in this resource will help you to motivate your team or the group with which you are working.

Multiple Multisensory Rooms: Myth Busting the Magic


This crucial book explores the use of multisensory rooms in order to ease that anxiety; taking the mystery out of multisensory rooms, and supporting the reader to reflect and make the most out of their space.

My Mummy is Autistic


This original and imaginative book has been created by a five-year-old boy illustrates his understanding of his autistic mother Joanna, giving insight into the different ways in which autistic and neurotypical people understand language.

Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Early Childhood Stammering (2nd Edition)


Palin PCI builds on the principle that parents play a critical role in effective therapy and that understanding and managing stammering is a collaborative journey between the child, parent and therapist.

Piper Model, The


Personalised Interventions Promoting Emotional Resilience in children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs.

Plan A is for Autism


This practical resource provides an original multi-element approach leading to planned individual interventions.

Pre-School Start


Pre-School Start is a practical resource that can be used with preschool children who need targeted additional help in developing communication skills.

Reading Aloud Resource Book, The


– A Practical Guide for Developing Speech and Language Using Picture Books

This practical guide is the ideal tool for the busy practitioner or speech and language therapist to provide an effective, meaningful, and contextualised approach to language development using picture books.


Recognising Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) – 1st Edition


This book is an accessible guide to everything you need to know about Asperger Syndrome.


Renfrew Language Scales


The Renfrew Language Scales provide a norm-referenced means of assessing children’s speech and language. As they are norm-referenced, a child’s score can be compared with scores achieved by children of a similar age.

Resilience and Wellbeing Toolbox, The – 2nd Edition


A practical guide for parents, teachers and other professionals to create cultures of resilience and wellbeing in schools, homes and health care settings.

Sensory Motor Activities for Early Development 2nd Edition


Sensory Motor Activities for Early Development, 2nd edition is an essential text for all parents/carers and practitioners who use sensory-motor activities in a playful way to help the development of children with a range of needs.

Short-Term Memory Difficulties In Children


This practical resource provides a complete programme of ideas for developing a child’s short-term memory skills.

Sky’s the Limit


Supports young people with SEN understand what is meant by mental wellbeing.

SmiLE Therapy


This book is a practical step-by-step resource, designed to guide teachers and SLTs in the delivery of SmiLE Therapy with students who have communication difficulties.

Social Survival: A Manual for those with Autism and Other Logical Thinkers


Social Survival is a practical manual outlining what it means to be a logical thinker and how logical thinkers can make sense of the social world.

Speaking, Listening & Understanding: Games for Young Children


Speaking, Listening and Understanding is a practical resource packed full of games to improve young children’s communication skills

Special Learners in School Understanding Essential Concepts


This book provides a range of activities designed to engage and gradually develop children’s use of auditory and visual memory, pragmatic and sensory skills.

Stammering Resources for Adults and Teenagers


Designed for clinicians and students working with teenagers and adults who stammer, this flexible and practical book embeds an ethos of reflection and adaptation.

Storymaker, The


The updated edition of this innovative handbook aims to help all children from 4-11 years old to write creatively.

Supporting Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties in School


Consolidating an understanding of mental and emotional health issues within children and young people, knowledge about cognitive brain development, and advice on what teachers can do in their classroom to make a difference, this book is essential reading for all teachers.

Supporting Children with Autism in the Primary Classroom: A Practical Approach


This invaluable resource offers a wealth of strategies enabling you to support children with autism in the mainstream classroom.


Supporting Children with Fun Rules for Tricky Spellings


Supporting Children with Fun Rules for Tricky Spellings 2-Book SET (An Illustrated Storybook and a Workbook)

This beautifully illustrated set (storybook and workbook ) has been created to support learners who, after acquiring the basics of reading and writing, have struggled to organically grasp the rules that govern spelling in the English language.

Supporting Life Skills for Young Children with Vision Impairment and Other Disabilities


This practical resource is designed to help professionals, parents and carers as they support children with vision impairments to develop independence in everyday tasks.

Talkabout (2nd Edition) & Talkabout Relationships


This core Talkabout manual is a practical resource essential for Speech and Language Therapists and other professionals who need to help people with special needs develop social skills.


Talkabout Cards


Talkabout for Children


Talkabout is a complete programme for developing children’s self-esteem, social and friendship skills.


Talkabout for Teenagers & Adults


These two terrific Talkabout books have been written to support educators and therapists who deliver social and relationship skills groups for older children and young adults with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties.

Talkabout Poster Set


This colourful set of 16 posters has been designed to complement the Talkabout range. The posters provide visual stimulus to support work on social skills.


Talkabout Sex & Relationships


This two-book Talkabout series is a comprehensive resource for therapists, educators and support staff who deliver relationship and sex education to people with special needs.

Talkabout Theory of Mind


This comprehensive Talkabout book is designed to support those for whom theory of mind does not come naturally.

Talkabout Transitions: From Education to Employment


This is a comprehensive programme of activities designed to support young people as they make the transition from education to employment.

Talkabout Video Library


This resource was previously published as Talkabout DVD (ISBN: 9780863885679) and includes the same video scenarios.

Teaching Mindfulness in Schools


– Stories and exercises for all ages and abilities

Teaching Mindfulness in Schools is a practical teaching toolkit for educators and all professionals concerned with the social and emotional wellbeing of children. The book offers clear introductions to the many aspects and benefits of mindfulness for young people, as well as a wealth of practical guidance and tools to support the teaching of mindfulness in the classroom.

Teaching Reading and Phonics to Children with Language and Communication Delay


Teaching Reading and Phonics to Children with Language and Communication Delay is an accessible and jargon-free book full of practical ideas for teaching the first stages of reading and phonics to children who have speech and language delay.

Therapeutic Trampolining for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs


This practical resource explores the benefits of therapeutic trampolining on children and young people with special educational needs.

Time Matters


Time Matters is a practical resource to help children and young people learn about time.

Understanding and Tackling Obesity


This title aims to enable children from an early age to recognise and resist unhealthy pressures, maintain body esteem, and know how to make skilled choices that can ensure their health and wellbeing.

Universal Approaches to Support Children’s Physical and Cognitive Development in the Early Years


This book has been designed to provide educators with practical strategies and approaches to support the motor and coordination development of children within an educational setting.

Using Drama with Children on the Autism Spectrum


The book shows how using drama with children across the autism spectrum can provide valuable experiences in being with others and communicating with them in enjoyable ways that support the development of well-being and confidence.

Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence in Special Education


This practical guide explains the characteristics, benefits, risks and potential applications of new technologies in the classroom.


Who’s Afraid of AAC?


This is a clear and concise guide to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in the UK. It is also an essential resource for those who are supporting children with non-verbal communication. It sets out to demystify AAC by demonstrating that you already have the skills necessary to use AAC successfully.

With Music in Mind


With Music in Mind supports parents and professionals as they use music to enhance the lives of children with neurodegenerative disease including vision impairment.


Word Aware


There are three books in this appealing series: Book 1: Teaching Vocabulary across the Day, across the Curriculum (age suitability: 5-11+), Book 2: Teaching Vocabulary in the Early Years (age suitability: 3-5+) & Book 3: Teaching Vocabulary in Small Groups for Ages 6 to 11.

Writing And Developing Social Stories (2nd Edition) – Practical Interventions In Autism


Social stories are short stories intended for children and adults with autism to help them understand their social world and behave appropriately within it.