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

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 [...]

Auditory memory strategies

Auditory memory strategies
Memory is a complex thing and has been the subject of lots of research. We all find some information easier to remember than others. Some people are great at remembering faces, others seem to have an almost inexhaustible capacity to remember dates. I’m sure most people reading this can identify things they find quite easy to remember and othe [...]

Taking the mystery out of assessments...

Taking the mystery out of assessments: CELF 4 – Part 2
Last week, Helen started writing about formal assessments and in particular the CELF-4 (Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals – 4).  You can read that post here.  This assessment is one of the most widely used assessments in the UK, particularly when gathering information for Statements (or EHCP’s) or to decide if children meet the cr [...]

Taking the mystery out of assessments...

Taking the mystery out of assessments: CELF-4
Recently, I have been given quite a few reports about children on my caseload which have been written by other professionals – Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists and Specialist Dyslexia Teachers for example. It’s always really useful to read these to get a better picture of a child and incorporate ideas and suggestions into my [...]

Strategies to support expressive lang...

Strategies to support expressive language
Today, our latest post on Special Needs Jungle has been posted.  The topic is Strategies to support expressive language.  Click on the picture below to pop over and check it out. This is the last of a series of posts we’ve done over there on supporting children with speech and language difficulties – you can also read Nine Princi [...]

How to use ………̷...

How to use …………. a teddy or dolly.
Helen and I have started this series of post to show how you can use everyday toys in therapy.  Although there are some fantastic speech therapy specific resources and toys out there, you don’t need to spend lots of money to support your child’s speech and language skills.  You just need to keep in mind what you are working on!  It really isn [...]

Top tips… for teaching he/she

Top tips… for teaching he/she
It’s perfectly normal for young children to struggle with words like “she” and “her” – they can be used to refer to all sorts of different people and the correct pronoun to use depends on where it comes in the sentence as well. For example, we say “she is giving a present to her” not “her is giving a present to she”. There are a lot of differ [...]

A review of ChatAble – an AAC a...

A review of ChatAble – an AAC app from Therapy Box
Helen and I have been lucky enough to use a number of apps from Therapy Box.  They are always well designed and versatile.  You can read our reviews of the Sort It Out and Minimal Pairs apps on our blog.  You can see all the Therapy box apps on their website. Therapy Box also offers training and hardware packs so well worth a look. Today I am [...]

Summer holiday language challenge

Summer holiday language challenge
I spent a few years working in a school with children with specific speech and language difficulties. When the summer holidays came round, parents often asked for homework to do over the summer. I think kids do enough formal work during the school year, and the last thing I want to do is give families an onerous stash of “work” to do on holid [...]

How to use… a ball

How to use… a ball
We write a lot of reviews of products and apps on this blog and share lots of exciting things we’ve found that are good for therapy. However, sometimes this can give the impression that you need to spend lots of money to support speech and language development and that’s really not true. You can use virtually anything around to support a chil [...]

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