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How to build an A5 communication book

A step by step guide on how to build an A5 communication book.

Download the A5 communication book template here: A5 communication book template.


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

Put each page in plastic wallets or laminate.

Each topic page has two sides.

The title page goes on the on left-hand side.

The continuation page on the right-hand side.

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

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

Print out core vocabulary boards. If adding core vocabulary boards stages 3, 4 or 5, there is a flap down section for emotions.

Laminate the core vocabulary board and cut into 2 pieces horizontally. Tape together so it can ‘fold’ in half.

Place the core vocabulary board at the beginning of the book and secure with cellotape.

Fold in half.

Fold into binder.

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.

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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: SL162

Resource Type: Article

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