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How to look after your voice It is important to look after your voice. Here’s how you can help look after your voice. Try not to shout turn down background noise, for example, the TV and car radio go up to the person you want to speak to instead of shouting downstairs or room to…...

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Sleep resources The Sleep Charity has a phone line service that provide advice and support around difficulties sleeping. They offer a free helpline that is part of their extensive services, open 7pm to 9pm, between Sunday and Thursday. Sheffield Children’s paediatric sleep disorders nursing team...

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What is selective mutism? A child who is consistently not able to talk freely within a school or nursery setting may have ‘selective mutism’. This is a fear (phobia) of talking in certain ‘settings’, usually nursery or school, or with certain people, causing an unconscious...

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People with a learning disability may communicate in a range of different ways. Some people use spoken language, some people may communicate in other ways, such as signing, objects, pictures, facial expressions, or body language. Often, it is a combination of all of these. Lots of people with a...

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Mealtimes are a great way to build some language strategies into your everyday routines with your child. They can be a lovely way of sharing experiences and a good opportunity to interact together and talk about what has happened during the day. Often food can be a big motivator for children so it...

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What is the Phonology Clinic? The Phonology clinic is for children over 4 years 3 months who are having difficulties with speech sounds. Children on this pathway are seen in clinic, so you might need to take your child out of school for these appointments. Schools are fine with this but might want...

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What is Playing Together? The aim of Playing Together is to give more skills to parents and carers in using strategies to support the development of their child’s social communication skills. These are practical things to incorporate into your day-to-day interactions, based on evidence of the best...

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What is the Speech and Language Therapy Nursery pathway? This pathway aims to support your child’s speech, language and communication skills by providing assessment and advice into their childcare setting. A speech and language therapist will be in touch within 12 weeks of your child being...

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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,...

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What is the parent and child interaction (PCI) pathway? This pathway aims to support children’s speech, language and communication skills by coaching parents in the use of effective strategies to use in their interactions with their child. PCI workshop When your child reaches the top of the...

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What is joint attention? Joint attention is the sharing of a moment between two people when they both know that they are focused on the same thing.  You might also hear the terms ‘shared attention’ or ‘shared/joint engagement’. This means a child can focus their attention on the person they...

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Before the appointment Please think about any important things you might want to tell us about your child’s speech, language or communication skills. If you have examples of your child’s speech or communication, you might want to write them down to bring along to the appointment. It can be a...

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Social communication Children of this age will probably be using facial expressions to communicate how they feel and use eye contact and looking as a way of interacting. They should start to show more interest in sharing in activities like a toy, a book or a physical game, with another person for...

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By 2 years old children should be building on their earlier skills of looking, reaching, pointing and using facial expressions. They can also enjoy sharing interactions with others for longer periods of time. The words they understand and use should continue to grow, with short sentences emerging...

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This is a huge year for development and your baby will be growing and changing in so many ways. Here are some of the communication skills you can expect to see over the first year. Social communication Throughout their first year of life babies become more interested in others and recognise people...

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By 3 years old we would typically see children showing awareness of and interest in adults and other children. They should be able to understand and follow daily routines and instructions, and be putting words together to ask for things, answer questions and tell people about things. Social...

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Comprehension monitoring means checking that a child has the ability to be aware of when they do not understand information or instructions given to them. Once they are aware they need to realise that they need to ask for help to be able to understand. All children can benefit from being given or...

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How do I use this strategy? Create situations which encourage your child to communicate Encourage your child to use different forms of communication such as gesture, sign or word. You can create opportunities around things that motivate your child. For example: If your child points to something they...

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How does commenting work? Language difficulties are nobody’s fault, but changing the way you talk can really help your child. In play and every day life situations, simply talk about what your child is doing. When playing, try and change from giving instructions and asking questions, to commenting...

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Language difficulties are nobody’s fault, but changing the way you talk can really help your child. Here are some strategies. Leave gaps for your child to finish the sentence The adult says a sentence and leaves it unfinished, or with a gap, for the child to fill in the missing word. For example:...

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Language difficulties are nobody’s fault, but changing the way you talk can really help your child. How do I use this strategy? When you talk to your child, use language that matches their language level or one step beyond. If your child has no words, try modelling single words. For example:...

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Language difficulties are nobody’s fault, but changing the way you talk can really help your child. How do I use this strategy? Say it as they would if they could When your child uses a noise or sound, gesture, facial expression or word – you would say a word or phrase that matches what...

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