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

The best toys for early language developm...

The best toys for early language development

I have recently been working with a number of younger children.  As speech therapists we are regularly contacted by families seeking reassurance and assessment for their 2 year old who isn’t talking yet.  One question that often comes up is “What toys or games will help my child?”. There are so many toys available for babies […]

Visual timetab...

Visual timetables

Many children who have speech and language difficulties benefit from using pictures, signs and other visuals to support their communication skills.  Visual timetables are very frequently recommended.  But who are these useful for and how do you use them? Who benefits from a visual timetable These are most often used for children on the autistic […]

Rhyming Bus giveaw...

Rhyming Bus giveaway!

On Tuesday, Elizabeth wrote about rhyme.  If you missed it, you can read that post here.  In it, she mentioned a lovely app from Therapy Box called Rhyming Bus.  We have previously reviewed this app – you can read the review here. Therapy Box have kindly offered us 5 copies of this app to giveaway! […]

Rhyme – advice and id...

Rhyme – advice and ideas

Phonological awareness is a key skill in developing a child’s speech and reading skills.  Check out Helen’s post about it here.  As Helen said, phonological awareness includes a range of skills, including rhyme, but they all involve the ability to hear and discriminate sounds in words.  Many of these skills are needed before a child starts to read […]

12 word games for travell...

12 word games for travelling

It’s almost the end of the school year!  We may be still waiting for the sun to come out in the UK, but lots of us are winding down for the end of term and getting ready to go away!  Whether you are at home or away during the school summer break, you are likely […]

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 […]

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