FREE advice

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We have provided some general advice to support parents and carers while access to face to face groups and education settings aren’t available due to COVID-19.

Our free advice page will be regularly updated and more advice, ideas and tips will be added so please check back on our website.

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Keep well.

Best wishes from the NEW Options team


General advice, strategies and tips:

  • Always gain your child’s full attention before speaking to them. Use their name to get their attention.
  • Be careful using terms like ‘everybody’ and ‘all’; your child may not realise these terms include them.
  • Children can find it difficult to follow long instructions  – keep instructions as simple and short as possible.
  • Emphasise the main words in a sentence, and use gestures to support what you’re saying.
  • Use written prompts/cue cards to help your child remember long or multi-part instructions.
  • Narrate activities – this will help your child to learn sentence structures and how to use vocabulary in everyday situations.
  • Encourage your child to communicate in any way to help get their message across to their communication partner – speech, gestures, signing, writing etc.
  • Slow down your rate of speech – this will reduce any pressure on your child to rush what they want to say.
  • Count to 5 in your head after asking your child a question – this will give them time to process what you’ve said and structure their response.
  • Be specific in your praise – eg, if they have used the correct grammatical term that you’ve been working on, or they give a concise response to a question.


Don’t worry if you forget to follow these strategies all the time – following just a few of them some of the time will be a help to your child!