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Children with Down’s syndrome are strong visual learners. Using visual strategies such as Makaton signs and pictures to teach vocabulary can really help as they make language more visual. This enables children to overcome difficulties they may have learning language from just listening....

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What are signs and gestures? Signs and gestures are when you give extra information to the words you say by using actions with your hands or body- like when you wave bye. Why use signs and gestures? Using signs and gestures helps children to understand words. Children can use signs and gestures...

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Why use Makaton? Research has shown that signs and gestures are easier to learn than spoken words. Helping your child to learn some signs can stop them getting frustrated before they are able to talk. Signing can help promote verbal stimulation. The hand movement part of the brain is very close to...

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What is cued articulation? Cued articulation is a set of hand signs that can help children with their sounds. It is a system designed and developed by Jane Passy. There is one hand sign for each speech sound. The signs give clues about where the sounds are made. Cued articulation signs can help...

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Chatting to your child can be one of the most effective ways for them to improve their speech and language. In this YouTube series, Weekend Words, our Speech and Language Therapy team will demonstrate key language strategies for you to try at home. View this video for ideas on how you can help your...

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Chatting to your child can be one of the most effective ways for them to improve their speech and language. In this YouTube series, Weekend Words, our Speech and Language Therapy team will demonstrate key language strategies for you to try at home. View this video for ideas on how you can help your...

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What is babbling and why is it important? From birth, babies make sounds like laughing, crying, and cooing. These early sounds start to change from around five months of age when the range of sounds increases, and consonant and vowel sounds are linked together to produce syllables like bababa and...

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