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

How to have conversations with children with unclear spe...

How to have conversations with children with unclear speech

Before I get into the subject of the post today, I just wanted to let you know that we have created a new free e-book called “How to support a child with speech sound difficulties”.  To get it, you just need to sign up and join our mailing list.  Click here or on the link […]

Top 10 posts of 2...

Top 10 posts of 2016

Happy New Year!  Whatever you thought of 2016, it is now over.  At this time of year, Helen and I like to look over our most popular posts.  Interestingly there are some posts that remain popular every year, but there are some new ones in our Top 10 as well. What speech sounds should my […]

Tips for talking to children with language difficulties about their school ...

Tips for talking to children with language difficulties about their school day

Our latest column for Special Needs Jungle was published yesterday, and it’s a topic I think will interest a lot of people.  Do your children tell you about what has happened at school?  Most don’t really.  It can be even more challenging to get any information if your child has language difficulties.  There are some […]

20 stocking fillers for speech and langua...

20 stocking fillers for speech and language.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?  If not, this post may be for you!  I often get asked for Christmas present ideas of things which will help support speech and language skills.  So here are 20 ideas of stocking fillers.  I’ve tried to keep them both small and fairly inexpensive.  Most of them are […]

Why and how to talk to your b...

Why and how to talk to your baby

We talk a lot here about how to communicate with toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children to help develop their language skills.  However, the building blocks of language start developing right from the earliest days of a child’s life.  Children understand language before they can use it, and even though most children are not saying words […]

Big or little? Ideas for teaching size conce...

Big or little? Ideas for teaching size concepts

We have written posts about teaching other early concepts – colour and prepositions.  But today we are going to think about the early size concepts of big and little. Just before I start, there are a couple of points I want to run through. Firstly, there is the choice of words.  Speech Therapists all tend […]

Teaching past tense ve...

Teaching past tense verbs

Grammar can be very tricky for some children.  This is hardly surprising when you think about it – there are so many rules about how sentences fit together.  A lot of these centre around verbs (action words).  Take a simple verb such as “jump”.   We change this depending on the sentence.  You might say […]

You know you’re a speech therapist when…. par...

You know you’re a speech therapist when…. part 2

Last week Helen wrote about some of the funny things that can happen when you are a speech therapist.  You can read that post here.  Whilst we were discussing last week’s post we also thought about some of the other ways our job impacts us as people.   Now, I just want to make it […]

You know you’re a speech therapist whenR...

You know you’re a speech therapist when…

Elizabeth and I were chatting about all the little things that happen in everyday life because we’re speech therapists.  If you are a speech therapist, I wonder if you recognise any of these?…. You know you’re a speech therapist when…. You are in the supermarket and instead of pulling your purse out of your handbag, […]

Adverbs: Ideas on how to teach t...

Adverbs: Ideas on how to teach them

You often find that children will develop expressive language to the point where they can produce short sentences e.g. The man is running, the lady is brushing her teeth.  However they find it harder to develop longer, more complex sentences and vocabulary.  They often need these areas to be specifically taught. As early as year […]

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