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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 [...]

iSequences app review

iSequences app review
Last week Elizabeth shared one of her favourite apps. Today, I thought I’d share with you one of mine. This is one of the first apps I bought and I still use it all the time – it’s great. The best thing is that it works on areas of language which I never feel I have enough resources for – story sequencing, prediction and emotions. iSequences [...]

Speech Stickers – an app review

Speech Stickers – an app review
Helen and I love finding new iPad apps.  When I first bought my iPad, the children (and I) were so excited we would spend whole sessions using it!  However, I now see it as another tool in my ‘speech bag’.  It is often offered as a reward – well the child sees it as a reward, I am still working on their targets! Or I have a specific app [...]

How to use… a car or train

How to use…  a car or train
Cars and trains are hugely popular toys! Many children love them, and for some, it can be difficult to get them to play with anything else if there is a car or train in sight! The clinic I used to work in had a train track in the waiting room. This was great, but sometimes it could make it a challenge to get children to actually leave the wai [...]

Top Tips….. for verbs

Top Tips….. for verbs
As speech therapists, we spend much of our time talking about, thinking about and using words.  Vocabulary is so important when encouraging a child’s language skills; whether you are waiting for those words, or trying to improve sentences for SATS test, a good vocabulary is key. Verbs are one of the main building blocks in a sentence.  They a [...]

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