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5 things I wish I had known as an ...

5 things I wish I had known as an NQP

Helen recently found this article from the Dabbling Speechie. Felice wrote about 5 mistakes you make in your first year.  So we thought we would continue this idea and think of the 5 things we wished we had known when starting work as a speech and language therapist. We both started work for the NHS.  […]



This is part of a series of posts on phonological awareness (listening to sounds).  This is a really important skill when working on speech sounds.  You can read our other posts on auditory discrimination and rhyming.   Today I’m going to focus on identifying the number of syllables in a word. Syllables are the parts […]

How to use toy animals in ther...

How to use toy animals in therapy

When I see new toys I am always thinking of how I can use them in therapy.  I love looking in the supermarkets and toy shops to see what is on offer! You can use nearly any toy in therapy, you just need to know what you are targeting. So today I am going to talk […]

I Can Do a...

I Can Do apps

It is no secret that Elizabeth and I love using our iPads with children.  Today I thought I would share one of my favourite app companies with you – I Can Do apps.  They make a range of speech therapy apps, all of which are really useful, but today I’m just going to talk about […]

Encouraging eye cont...

Encouraging eye contact

Sometimes, children with speech sound difficulties tend to give slightly less eye contact.  This means that they don’t look as much at other people when they are talking.  This is not always the case, but I have often had parents comment on it.  Certainly, when I am doing speech sound therapy, I spend a lot […]

Talking about the holid...

Talking about the holidays

We are half way through the summer holidays here in the UK.  I love the summer break and we have actually had some great weather this year.  Just yesterday, my son and I went pond dipping and had a lovely walk (with an ice-cream) along the canal.  Even if you haven’t been on a big […]

Supporting children with unclear spe...

Supporting children with unclear speech

Unfortunately, due to a very high volume of enquiries, we are not able to send details to any more enquirers.  If you have already received an application form, please do return it.  Otherwise, we are closed for now.  However, do watch this space for news of the final course when it is released! Do you […]

10 outdoor games to develop speech and language ski...

10 outdoor games to develop speech and language skills

It’s the summer holidays, we’ve had a bit of sunshine and the kids want to play outside.  Sometimes, with speech and language work, it’s easy to give the impression that children need to be indoors, sitting still and doing something paper-based.  This is not true!  There are so many ways to incorporate 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 […]

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