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How to build an A4 communication book

A step by step guide on how to build an A4 communication book.

Download the A4 communication book template here: A4 New Communication Book 2024

Please note this communication book template has been updated in May 2024 with the following:

  • new topics page on phrases and gestalts
  • spelling page with a lower case qwerty keyboard
  • days topics page that includes days of the week, months of the year, celebratory dates of the year and weather
  • numbers, colours and shapes


Print out all the pages of the communication book. Remember to print single sided.

Put each page in separate plastic wallets or laminate them.

Bind the pages together with cable ties, ring binder folder or treasury tags.

Cover page and index (contents page)

  1. About me
  2. Feelings
  3. What’s wrong?
  4. People
  5. Places
  6. Home
  7. School
  8. Favourite Food
  9. Transport
  10. Animals
  11. Activity
  12. Special Interest
  13. List

Place the core vocabulary board at the beginning of the book.

For stages 3, 4 or 5, do not forget to add the ‘flap’ down section.

Insert the core vocabulary board on the left side of every page (including the index page).


If using core vocabulary boards stages 1 and 2 there is no flap down section .

Cut tabs.


Fold tabs.

Insert tabs using clear cellotape.

If the tabs are placed correctly, you should be able to hold a tab and turn the page to the corresponding section.

You can personalise the front page by adding a picture and name of the child the book belongs to.

For more information please contact the Speech and Language Therapy Service at Flockton House on 0114 226 2333.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: SL161

Resource Type: Article

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