Stammering in under 5’s – what can we do to help?
It can feel very worrying for Parents of a child who stammers. We know that lots of children go through a period of stammering in early childhood – about 5%. For 4 out of these 5 children early stammering goes […]
Comic Strips to help Behaviour
How do we use Comic Strips to help our children learn about the world? Through Comic Strip Conversations! A comic strip conversation is a conversation between two or more people which uses simple drawings to discuss a situation. It’s very […]
Questions, Questions! how to best help your child learn to talk
It can be really worrying when trying to have a conversation with your child and they are not answering. There may be many reasons why this may be happening, one reason is to do with their understanding of questions. Children […]
What is Developmental Language Disorder and how is it missed?
Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is predicted to affect as many as 7% of young people in the young population, that is approximately 2 within every primary classroom, this makes DLD the most common childhood difficulty. Despite the prevalence, little is […]
Top Tips for Screen time
What is screen time? Children are becoming more and more tech savvy meaning that at times they are more advanced using technology than the adults around them. Many children look forward to having their Ipad for their treat time every […]
What is Selective Mutism?
Selective Mutism (also known as SM) is a term used when children who are able to talk comfortably to some people, usually family members and close friends, are silent or unable to talk to other people. Selective Mutism is considered […]
What is Johansen individualised auditory stimulation therapy?
Johansen individualised auditory stimulation (IAS) therapy is a way of developing and improving an individual’s listening, it can be useful for both children and adults and guides the individual to focus on what they hear. The therapy involves listening to […]
What is indirect therapy and how does it work?
Indirect speech and language therapy is any form of therapy that is not directly delivered to the child or individual with the speech and language difficulty. Pointless? Well, indirect therapy is a method of therapy that is extremely useful […]
What is baby signing?
Baby signing is a method of communication used in early infancy between parent and child. Baby signing uses gestures based on British Sign Language (BSL) to represent simple vocabulary, including; food, milk, yes, sleep, more. Baby signing is used with […]
Useful apps to enhance your child’s speech and language
Technology is constantly expanding in our everyday lives, but rather than trying to eliminate technology, it may be beneficial to utilise it. Technology can be a great way to ‘keep your child busy’ when necessary, however it is best […]
Tips for families and teachers to help a bilingual child communicate
Tips for families to help your bilingual child at home Don’t stop speaking your home language It is important not to cut out your home language in the home environment. Your child must get used to using different languages in […]
Targeted interventions: Talk Boost
Targeted interventions in Speech and Language Therapy are those which target children whose speech, language, and communication abilities are delayed behind what we would expect for their age. These children are following normal developmental patterns, however their speech and language […]
Strategies to help a child that stammers
Many children experience some form of disfluency in their speech. Most of the time this is typical. Your child may be excited or tired, and like with everyone, they may begin to stammer. We’ve all been there after a hard […]
Strategies for helping a child with speech sound difficulties
Children with speech sound difficulties can often be hard to understand, especially if their difficulties affect several sounds or groups of sounds. This can cause them a lot of frustration, especially if they have to repeat themselves constantly – even […]
Speech sound difficulties
What are speech sound difficulties? Children learn to say sounds by listening to the people and environment around them. There are certain sounds that we can expect children to learn first and harder sounds that are normally learned later: Early […]
What is Lego therapy? Lego-based therapy was created by Dr LeGoff as a social development programme for children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other social communication difficulties. Dr LeGoff noticed that children with ASD and other […]
How to identify SLCN in a child with EAL
English as an additional language (EAL) is where children will learn their home language alongside English. Both languages will be used in their daily lives. This is different to English as a second language, where the home language is fully […]
How can group therapy help a child with sensory processing disorder?
Sensory processing disorder (SPD) occurs when a child has difficulty receiving and responding to sensory information. The senses that can be affected by SPD include; can be sight, taste, sound, smell, touch and personal or spatial awareness. SPD can range […]
Different ways to use visuals to support children with ASD?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a disorder that affects an individual’s ability to relate to the world – this may impact on their social communication and interaction as well as the way they process information through their senses. ASD is […]
Developmental Language Disorder: What is it?
You may have recently heard about Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) in the news and the papers as it has recently been a hot topic amongst Teachers and families. So whether, you are a parent of a child diagnosed or suspected […]
What is Colourful Semantics? Colourful Semantics is an approach created by Alison Bryan, a Speech and Language Therapist based in the UK. It is a method of teaching children how to understand and build sentences. It is aimed at helping […]
Benefits of a speech therapy tube-weaning programme
Tube feeding is usually a temporary method of feeding used when infants are unable to safely or effectively intake their food orally. Food and liquids that provide enough nutrients and hydrants to allow the child to thrive is inserted through […]
6 tips to improve your child’s attention and listening
Attention and listening is an important aspect to your child’s speech and language development. Children must have attention and listening skills appropriate to their age, before they begin to understand language, use language, and develop speech sounds. If children are […]