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Language and Speech-sounds Programmes pathway

What are Language and Speech-sounds Programmes?

The Language and Speech-sounds Programmes provide access to resources and activities relevant to what your child currently needs support with to develop their talking. Parents and carers can carry out these activities with their children at home, before meeting with a speech and language therapist for a review.

How does it work?

Your child will have been referred to the programme that is most relevant to what they currently need support with.

Once your child is placed on this pathway, they will be sent the activity pack and webpage details within 6 to 8 weeks. Your review appointment will take place 12 weeks later.

You will have access to videos (for parents and carers to watch) and activities to work through with your child. The activities should give you ideas of fun ways to develop your child’s understanding, talking and speech sounds at home. Use the resources sent in the homework pack to help with this.

Early Language Programme

This targets:

  • Helping your child understand instructions with 1 or 2 key words, for example, “Where’s the dog?”, “Give the cake to dolly”.
  • Helping your child to use single words, covering topics such as food, transport and animals.
  • Using visuals like signing and communication mats to support communication.

Early Language Plus Programme

This targets:

  • Helping your child to follow 2 or 3 key word instructions, such as “give the big biscuit to the dog”.
  • Helping your child put two words together and use verbs (action words) such as ‘running’ and ‘eating’, and describing words like ‘big’, ‘little’, ‘wet’ and ‘dry’.

Higher Level Language Programme

This targets:

  • Understanding instructions with 3 and 4 key words. This includes position words ‘in’ ‘on’ and ‘under’.
  • Understanding more difficult questions.
  • Using simple sentences with 3 to 4 key words.
  • Sequencing simple stories with pictures.

Rhythm and Rhyme Programme

This targets:

  • Developing children’s listening and production of some early speech sounds (p, t, k, f, s, b, d and g).
  • Developing syllable awareness, for example ‘trac-tor’, ‘el-e-phant’.
  • Developing understanding and awareness of different types of speech sounds, for example long (ssssssss), or short (p).
  • Supporting parents with strategies to help reduce frustration and develop their child’s speech.

What will happen next?

You and your child will be invited for a review appointment with a speech and language therapist. They will assess your child’s progress, offer advice and recommendations around strategies to continue using and agree the next steps to best support your child’s speech, language and communication development.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Language and Speech-sounds Programmes please contact us on 0114 226 0611, please leave a message and someone will get back to you.

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Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

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