Two British Speech Therapists blogging about all things speech and language.

Narrative therapy: When

Narrative therapy: When

This is the next in our series of posts about narrative therapy.  You can see the introduction, Part 1 – Who/character and Part 2 – Where/setting by clicking on the links.  Today we are talking about the “when” or time of stories. Talking about the time in a story is important as part of setting […]

Working speech and language targets i...

Working speech and language targets into daily routines: a trip to the beach

The summer holidays have already arrived for some, and for others are only a day or so away – HOORAY!  One thing many parents have asked me this week is how can we keep working on speech and language skills over the 6 week break? So we thought we would continue with our series – […]

Which professionals will see my child...

Which professionals will see my child?

When you have a child with a speech and language difficulty (or any other kind of additional need for that matter) you can start to come across a confusing array of different professionals who all advise on different things.  Does your child need to see all these people?  Is there anyone who may be able […]

Narrative Therapy – Where

Narrative Therapy – Where

This is the third post in our series on narrative therapy. If you haven’t read the others you might want to go and have a quick look first! Read the introduction here and ideas for teaching who here. Helen did mention that the order you work through the questions may alter between younger and older […]

Teaching emotion words

Teaching emotion words

We all struggle to talk about how we feel.  It’s complicated and often difficult to find the words that most clearly express what we want to say.  This is even more difficult for children, and especially children with language difficulties.  There are so many words to describe feelings and they often have subtly different meanings […]

Games to improve auditory memory

Games to improve auditory memory

Our auditory memory is our ability to retain and recall information we hear.  It allows us to process and understand longer, more complex instructions, attend and listen and acquire new information.  Children with reduced auditory memory can find it very challenging to follow instructions and retain learning.  Helen wrote about memory and strategies to support auditory […]

Narrative therapy – who

Narrative therapy – who

A little while ago, Elizabeth posted an introduction to narrative therapy – what it is, why it’s important and some suggested resources to help work on these skills.  You can read that post here.  There, she talks specifically about the Black Sheep narrative packs. These packs use a particular framework for teaching narrative. Who? Where? […]

How to be a terrific TA!

How to be a terrific TA!

One of the parts of my job that I really enjoy is working with a range of different people, in different settings and of different professions. I truly believe that multidisciplinary working is the way forward for both children and professionals. I was talking through a programme with a particularly fantastic TA in one of […]

How to support a child with starting ...

How to support a child with starting school

At this time of year, the summer holidays are in sight!  All my sessions start getting moved around to accommodate school trips, exams and transition days.  As I remember from last year, if you have a child in their preschool year, you start to realise that starting school really is only a couple of months […]

Opinions – Having them and talk...

Opinions – Having them and talking about them!

We have started a series of posts looking at high level language skills. As children get older, language and its demands become more sophisticated.  It is often around Junior school age that these more subtle language difficulties can become apparent.  You can read Helen’s post about understanding and supporting words with multiple meanings here. Today, […]

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