How to Help Speech Delay

How to Help Speech Delay

All children take time to learn how to speak clearly. They go through typical periods of sounding unclear, or ‘simplifying’ difficult sounds. You might be wondering if your child is making the right sounds for their age. You might be wondering if there is anything more you can do to help them improve their speech.

In this 7.30 minute video I share five questions to help you better understand what to expect of your child’s speech and how to help their development.

I wonder: what sounds does your child find difficult? Let me know in the comments below.

P.S. Books are a great way to model sounds to your child. I shared a few of my favourites here

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How Children Learn to Talk

How Children Learn to Talk

A large part of my role involves helping you as a parent to better understand how your child is learning to talk and how you can help them with this.

I can’t tell you how many mums think that they are somehow responsible for their child’s communication difficulties. With so much advice from every corner and pressure to ‘do it right’ all the time, it’s no wonder that helping your child learn to talk can sometimes feel a little daunting.

Inspired by many conversations with parents I put together a short video to dispel the three most common myths about how children learn to talk and how us adults help them with this.

I wonder: can you relate to some of these common assumptions about language development? Let me know in the comments below.

P.S. Find out what makes therapy successful.

What is Speech and Language Therapy?

What is Speech and Language Therapy?

You know that classic moment, when someone turns to you and says “So, what do you do then?”

Sometimes I’m tempted to answer with something un-work-related, like “I climb trees” or “I read books” or “I sing songs”. (Perhaps working with children helps me appreciate that we are more than the work that we do.) But, of course I know that they really want to know about my vocation, so I reply “I’m a Speech and Language Therapist”.

Often I’m met with a delighted smile: “Oh, that must be fascinating work!” or “That must be so rewarding.” Yes and yes; it absolutely is!

Just occasionally I’m met with a bemused expression: “So, is that like helping people with autism?” (Sidenote: it’s a testament to the success of awareness-raising campaigns that this is now the common response rather than: “Oh, is that like elocution lessons?” which is what I used to be asked ten years ago.) I reply: “Yes and also so much more!”

So, inspired by many conversations and attempts to explain a profession that involves a huge variety of work, I put together this super-quick video rundown of Speech and Language Therapy: what it involves and who it helps.

I wonder: what would you add to this explanation? Let me know in the comments below.

P.S. Find out what to expect at a Speech and Language Therapy appointment.