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

Taking the mystery out of assessments...

Taking the mystery out of assessments: CELF-4
Recently, I have been given quite a few reports about children on my caseload which have been written by other professionals – Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists and Specialist Dyslexia Teachers for example. It’s always really useful to read these to get a better picture of a child and incorporate ideas and suggestions into my [...]

Strategies to support expressive lang...

Strategies to support expressive language
Today, our latest post on Special Needs Jungle has been posted.  The topic is Strategies to support expressive language.  Click on the picture below to pop over and check it out. This is the last of a series of posts we’ve done over there on supporting children with speech and language difficulties – you can also read Nine Princi [...]

How to use ………̷...

How to use …………. a teddy or dolly.
Helen and I have started this series of post to show how you can use everyday toys in therapy.  Although there are some fantastic speech therapy specific resources and toys out there, you don’t need to spend lots of money to support your child’s speech and language skills.  You just need to keep in mind what you are working on!  It really isn [...]

Top tips… for teaching he/she

Top tips… for teaching he/she
It’s perfectly normal for young children to struggle with words like “she” and “her” – they can be used to refer to all sorts of different people and the correct pronoun to use depends on where it comes in the sentence as well. For example, we say “she is giving a present to her” not “her is giving a present to she”. There are a lot of differ [...]

A review of ChatAble – an AAC a...

A review of ChatAble – an AAC app from Therapy Box
Helen and I have been lucky enough to use a number of apps from Therapy Box.  They are always well designed and versatile.  You can read our reviews of the Sort It Out and Minimal Pairs apps on our blog.  You can see all the Therapy box apps on their website. Therapy Box also offers training and hardware packs so well worth a look. Today I am [...]

Summer holiday language challenge

Summer holiday language challenge
I spent a few years working in a school with children with specific speech and language difficulties. When the summer holidays came round, parents often asked for homework to do over the summer. I think kids do enough formal work during the school year, and the last thing I want to do is give families an onerous stash of “work” to do on holid [...]

How to use… a ball

How to use… a ball
We write a lot of reviews of products and apps on this blog and share lots of exciting things we’ve found that are good for therapy. However, sometimes this can give the impression that you need to spend lots of money to support speech and language development and that’s really not true. You can use virtually anything around to support a chil [...]

Dobble! – A great language game...

Dobble! – A great language game for older children.
I have just come across this fantastic game called Dobble, and I wanted to let everyone know!  I was in a lovely little games shop in Aldershot  - “The Games Shop” – and the very nice man who runs it showed us this game.  Now you can get Dobble from Amazon and other online shops, but it’s good to support local business – so if you live [...]

A parent’s experience of langua...

A parent’s experience of language impairment and trying to find the right help.
We are delighted to have Rachel Sambrooks from Chatterblocks writing for us this week.  Rachel talks about her experiences of trying to get help for her daughter who has a Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Unfortunately, Rachel is not alone in her experiences and I have heard many similar ones over the years.  We all need to raise awareness [...]

Using books to develop language skill...

Using books to develop language skills
My husband is a librarian – we have a lot of books at home!  I also love books, and our daughter seems to be developing a love for them too!  I don’t think it will be news to anyone reading this that books are a great tool for developing language skills or that reading with your child is a “good” thing to do.  But I th [...]

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