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Rules of Turn-taking

Many children find it difficult to learn to learn to wait, share and take turns. Here’s some top tips to develop this skill with your child! To start with, work on turn-taking when you are alone with your child. It is much harder to learn to share with 2 or 3 brothers or sisters/ peers! To ensure that your child does take turns, be in control of the situation by keeping hold of the equipment being used. Demonstrate the activity first so that your child understands what is required. Use… Read more Rules of Turn-taking

Watch and Wait

It may sound simple, but it’s a really good tip to adopt! Watching and waiting will give your child: Time to work out the meaning of what you have said. Time to plan what to say. Time to organise thoughts and words. You should pause after speaking to your child (try counting to 5 or 10 in your head). Most adults only give a child about a second to respond before they start talking again! When you ask your child to do something, PAUSE for 3/4 seconds to see what… Read more Watch and Wait

Developing Early Skills

Here are some ideas to help children develop their early skills. Play is important for language development and imaginative thinking. Here are just a few examples of play activities. Using the Senses: Give your child experience of lots of different things to play with – many household objects are interesting for children. These activities are best carried out on a regular basis and may need adult supervision. Things to feel and look at – baby mirror, pieces of soft material, soft toys. Things to hold, shake and bang – balls,… Read more Developing Early Skills

Boosting Vocabulary

Here are some ideas to help children develop their vocabularies and learn the meanings of new words. These activities are best carried out on a regular basis. Naming: Ask your child to think of as many items in a particular category that they can. Examples of categories could be: food, games, animals, places, colours, furniture, body parts. The adult can support this by suggesting sub-groups within categories – eg: in foods, ‘what fruits can you think of?’, or animals, ‘which animals can you think of that live in the jungle?’… Read more Boosting Vocabulary

WIH Policy Notification

Working in Harmony: Interface between Speech & Language Therapists Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) may be employed and work in a variety of settings such as privately, for the NHS, schools, hospitals and charities, etc. The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) produced a document called Working in Harmony. The document provides guidance to make sure clients received a consistently high standard of shared care when independent and NHS SLTs are involved in the care of the child.  The main points in this document are: Parents/clients are entitled… Read more WIH Policy Notification