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

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 […]

Guest Post: How Can Outdoor Play Help Children Gain Vital Language Skil...

Guest Post: How Can Outdoor Play Help Children Gain Vital Language Skills?

We were recently approached by Pentagon Play about hosting a guest post.  We have written a number of posts about the importance of play and getting outside to help language development.  Pentagon Play make some beautiful children’s play equipment and also have an interesting blog.  We liked Sam’s post about adapting the playground to help […]

Pros and cons of being an independent therap...

Pros and cons of being an independent therapist

My frustration with the EHCP proc...

My frustration with the EHCP process

Urgh!  I have spent quite a few hours this weekend writing reports to be submitted as part of the EHCP process.  I know this is a relatively new system, but I have been writing this type of report for over a decade now.  I do know what I am doing! So why did I find […]

Social stor...

Social stories

We talk a lot about using visual strategies to support language skills.  We have talked about other visual strategies in the past – see this post about why visuals help, this post about signing, a handout on the freebies page, and this post about visual timetables.  Today, I’m going to talk about social stories.  This is […]

listening to sounds in wo...

listening to sounds in words

We have written a series of posts about phonological awareness. This is the ability to hear and tell the difference between sounds both in isolation and in words.  You can read our other posts about listening to sounds, rhyme and syllables. Once a child can tell the difference between two sounds consistently, you can move on to […]

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