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Theory of Mind - activities for babies and young children

Theory of Mind - activities for babies and young children

A previous blog post explained all about Theory of Mind –understanding your own and others thoughts and feelings, and ‘putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.’ This is a gradual journey for your child – from a baby who is just starting to learn that other people exist and can … Read More
Why is developing Theory of Mind important for speech therapy?

Why is developing Theory of Mind important for speech therapy?

As adults we understand that others have emotions, we comment on this to show we understand and respond to their needs (most of the time!). Being able to do this is called having a theory of mind (ToM).Theory of Mind skills are directly related to mental state, emotional vocabulary … Read More
Fidget spinners – tiresome trend or teaching tool? Speech and language therapist perspective

Fidget spinners – tiresome trend or teaching tool? Speech and language therapist perspective

Fidget spinners – the latest trend amongst children, now also causing a media frenzy. We have browsed the internet to summarise for you where fidget spinners came from, why schools are having issues for them, and some surprising benefits. Plus, my top homemade fiddle toys.Media Frenzy for Fidget spinnersRead More
Screen time and technology - a speech and language therapist perspective

Screen time and technology - a speech and language therapist perspective

Screen timeThe amount of time children in the UK spend online has doubled in the past decade (to an average of 15 hours a week in 2015, Ofcom). Screen time and technology is often in the news, and can get a pretty bad press. But is technology affecting our … Read More
Bilingual baby - will it delay speech?

Bilingual baby - will it delay speech?

Some numbers around being bilingualCan you guess how many languages there are in the world? Give it a go...There are 6,900 different languages. 6,900 different sets of a combination of sounds that we use to represent the world around us!The literacy trust (2000) estimates that there are over 300 … Read More
What are phonics? and 4 ideas on how you can support your child to read

What are phonics? and 4 ideas on how you can support your child to read

Can you remember how you learnt to read?Many of us can't remember exactly how we learned to read, yet we all know how important this skill is in our daily lives. From reading our social media messages on our phone, to being able to read the instructions that come … Read More
I think my child has a stutter - how can I help them?

I think my child has a stutter - how can I help them?

We all stutter.It might be when we are nervous, when we give a speech, get angry, excited, face something that scares us or just when we have lots to say. You may have heard the term ‘dysfluency’. Speech and Language therapists refer to a stutter using this term as … Read More
A good turn deserves a language boost! - turn-taking

A good turn deserves a language boost! - turn-taking

Process of language learningThe process of learning language is complex and all children will pick it up at different rates. Generally, there are some key themes and pieces of advice that are given to help with the development of language for children who are developing typically and for those … Read More
Happy Families - and how to keep it that way!

Happy Families - and how to keep it that way!

After I’ve dished out a bit of first-class Speech, Language or Communication advice, parents often say to me ‘that’s great, but I’ve got 2/3/4 (+) children at home!’ It’s a very good point – balancing the demands of a busy family can leave little time for extra work on … Read More

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