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

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, […]

Help! My toddler isn’t talking....

Help! My toddler isn’t talking.  Part 4

We started a series of posts a while ago on encouraging your toddler to talk.  You can read the first three posts here, here and here.  I have talked about usual language development, what to expect at your speech therapy assessment and some strategies to help your child, such as reducing the number of questions […]

Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy

What is narrative therapy? When we talk about ‘narrative’, we are referring to the ability to tell a story or series of events with precision and clarity. For younger children this will happen verbally, but it also transfers to written work for older children. This is a very complex skill that requires remembering what happened, […]

How to support a child… at brea...

How to support a child… at break times

The classroom can be a confusing place for a child with language difficulties.  However, sometimes the playground can be even more confusing.   Many children who have speech and language difficulties (though by no means all) also have difficulties with social interaction.  The lack of structure at break times especially, can be a real challenge […]

Taking the mystery out of assessments...

Taking the mystery out of assessments: ACE

I’m very busy at the moment writing annual review reports and hopefully explaining what all my assessments mean.  So we thought it would be helpful to talk about the assessments we use and what the children have to do. In the UK, there are a few, main standardised assessments that Speech Therapists use. Particularly once […]

Multiple meaning words

Multiple meaning words

As children move through school often their language difficulties can sometimes become more subtle.  At first glance they seem to be able to respond to questions and can express themselves in longer sentences, but when things become more complex they can start to become confused.  One of the things that can particularly trip up children […]

Junganew – an app review

Junganew – an app review

I was lucky enough to be given a copy of the app Junganew to review.  I received a copy of the app for free but no other payment has been received and the views in this review are my own. The idea of this app is an interesting one.  It has a story format, where […]

Cued Articulation

Cued Articulation

What is Cued Articulation? Both Helen and I are massive fans of Jane Passy’s Cued Articulation.  If you haven’t come across this before you can learn more about the system from Jane’s website.  Cued Articulation is a signing system for all of the sounds used in English.  All 49 phonemes have their own hand sign, […]

Pizza, Pizza! game review

Pizza, Pizza! game review

Helen and I have been given some great resources to review over the Easter Holidays – lucky us!  Helen reviewed the fab Orchard Toys games – Frog party and Match and Spell earlier in the week.   You can read that review here.  Today I am going to review another of Orchard Toys new games – […]

Frog Party and Match and Spell game r...

Frog Party and Match and Spell game reviews

As Elizabeth mentioned earlier in the week, we have been sent some lovely stuff to review.  Our giveaway for the Key Verbs app is still open for a few more days – we have 6 copies to give away!  Do click the link to read the review and enter the giveaway! Today, I’m going to […]

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