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How to use Dinosaurs in Speech Thera...

How to use Dinosaurs in Speech Therapy!

Roar!  I love dinosaurs and so do many of the children I work with!  I was excited when they were included in the Key Stage 1 curriculum – what a great engaging topic!  It never ceases to amaze me, the quantity and detail of information children can retain about dinosaurs, even if it’s not all […]

Listening to speech sou...

Listening to speech sounds

Phonological awareness can be defined as the ability to explicitly access and manipulate the sound structure of spoken words – Hatcher, Duff and Hulme, Sound Linkage, 2014 So, what on earth does that mean?!  It’s probably easiest to explain it by talking about some of the skills that are involved in phonological awareness.  These include:- […]

Black Sheep Press – Talking about Secondary Sch...

Black Sheep Press – Talking about Secondary School

Black Sheep Press is a staple for every British Speech Therapist. We love their products here at SpeechBlogUK and were very excited when Alan asked us to try the new app version of the Talking about Secondary School pack.   I have used the paper version of this pack for a number of years with my […]

Top 10 games to use as motivat...

Top 10 games to use as motivators

For me, a critical part of therapy is keeping it fun!  For a child to learn and then generalise any new skill they need to practise, practise, practise.  To help keep them motivated during the practise I like to play games and to stop both the child and myself getting bored, I’m always on the […]

A Parent’s Guide to the Speech Therapy Proc...

A Parent’s Guide to the Speech Therapy Process

If you have been following us on Facebook or Twitter, or you have subscribed to our mailing list, you will hopefully have seen updates about our e-book.  The past 6 months or so have been incredibly busy, as between our full-time jobs, families and the blog itself, we have also been writing an e-book! We […]

How to use Lego in speech ther...

How to use Lego in speech therapy

My daughter is 6 and she has recently become a huge Lego fan.  It has really moved on since I was a child, and you can buy pretty much anything out of Lego now! Being somewhat challenged in terms of spatial awareness, I could never work out the instructions of my brother’s Lego (and anyway, […]

What formal assessments don’t tell y...

What formal assessments don’t tell you.

I remember sitting in my university’s library, reading assessment manuals before clinical placements.  We tried to work out which pictures went with which sentences and how to score them and which assessment was best for the area you needed to assess.  We spent ages working through them all! Once I had qualified and started working, […]

Writing targets and speech therapy program...

Writing targets and speech therapy programmes

One thing that we do quite a lot of as speech therapists in Britain is writing targets and programmes for school staff and/or parents to work on.  I am fortunate enough to see most of my clients on a weekly or fortnightly basis now, as I work independently.  Even before that, I did quite a […]

Working speech and language targets into everyday routines: Shopp...

Working speech and language targets into everyday routines: Shopping

I know personally that food shopping is something I dread.  It’s busy and I hate the way supermarkets move things around so you can’t find them!  I also know that for many parents the idea of taking children with you is even worse!  But, sometimes if you can involve your children in the activity you […]

How to have fun with children who don’t want to engage with ...

How to have fun with children who don’t want to engage with you

As speech and language therapists, we work with a wide range of children, of different ages and with different needs.  Some children love every game that you offer them, happily join in with most activities and are easy to keep focussed.  Others take a little more creativity and get bored more easily!  Some children (particularly, […]

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