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

Review of our year on SNJ

Review of our year on SNJ
This time last year, Elizabeth and I were thrilled to become regular columnists on the fantastic Special Needs Jungle website.  On the off-chance that you haven’t already come across this website, do go take a look at the wealth of information about anything and everything to do with SEN.  In particular, if you need advice about EHCPs ( [...]

A review of 2 years blogging!

A review of 2 years blogging!
So, it’s that time of year again!  Helen and I have been blogging for 2 years – how time flies.  I am very proud of the blog and us for managing to post very nearly every week (I think we might have missed one or two!).  So to finish off our second year, we thought we would take a look at some of our favourite posts.  Today I am g [...]

Blogfest and 2 years blogging

Blogfest and 2 years blogging
On Saturday, Elizabeth and I attended Blogfest – an annual event run by Mumsnet for people who have blogs. Our blog is not a “mum blog” by which I mean that we don’t really blog much about being parents. However, they still let us in (!) and it was great to spend a day thinking about blogging, listening to great speake [...]

Top tips …… for using bon...

Top tips …… for using bonfire night to develop language skills!
I love this time of year, except the getting dark really early bit!  There are so many different things happening that prove to be great opportunities for discussion with children.  We have just had Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night is only a few days away and then before you know it, Christmas will arrive!  Then you also have the currently [...]

Help! My toddler isn’t talking...

Help!  My toddler isn’t talking – Part 2
A few weeks ago I answered some frequently asked questions about toddlers who are slow to start talking. You can read that post here. I talked about what to expect, when to be concerned and what to expect from a speech and language therapy assessment. However, I thought today I would talk about what might happen after you’ve seen a speech and [...]

A review of Orchard Toys “Can y...

A review of Orchard Toys “Can you guess?”
Helen and I LOVE the Orchard Toys games.  I have so many of them I have lost count.  It’s always great to see their new products and releases.  One of their new games is called “Can you guess” and involves acting out or making sounds for a range of different things or actions.  I am really excited about this game as it is so [...]

Word Aware

Word Aware
“Vocabulary levels are strong predictors of later literacy skills. They predict not only how well children will develop reading comprehension, but also their phonological awareness and phonic knowledge. Vocabulary level at age five has been found to be the single best predictor of whether a child brought up in poverty will escape poverty in a [...]

Language apps for older children

Language apps for older children
I thought this week I would write about some of the great apps available to support older children with their language development. There are so many apps out there it can be hard to know where to start!  Apps designed for pre-schoolers and younger children are advertised and seem much easier to find.  Whereas apps for older children who need [...]

Help! My toddler isn’t talking...

Help!  My toddler isn’t talking.
One of the things I most commonly get asked about is children who are slow to start talking. I have written about this before, but I felt like there was quite a bit more to say on the topic, so I thought I’d tackle it again. How many words should my child be using? Just like walking, potty training, learning to read and every other developme [...]

Working speech and language targets i...

Working speech and language targets into daily routines: a trip to the park.
It was Helen who told me about Carrie Clark’s podcasts and website – Speech and Language Kids. I have just downloaded all the podcasts and have been listening to them whilst driving between appointments!  The podcasts are FANTASTIC!! Go and listen to them. Even as an experienced therapist, Carrie has ideas that I hadn’t tried before. She is v [...]

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