How does Cerebral Palsy impact on communication?

Cerebral Palsy is a neurological condition associated with brain damage before or during birth, or in the early part of life. Damage can happen to different parts of the brain, responsible for or involved in different functions.It is usually considered a motor disorder, so a disorder of...

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September is screening time! SLCN Screening tools

The Autumn term is a time when we are getting to know the children, whether they are new to the school, or just to your class. As you complete your observations and assessments, it is also a good time to think about screening children for Speech and Language needs. This will help you to...

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Are you missing children's comprehension difficulties?

As you get to know the children in your class this term, it's a good time to think about whether they may have difficulties with language comprehension. This list will be appropriate, whether you are working with children in Early Years, right through to secondary. Poor expressive language Too...

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Is your laminator the boss of you?

If you support a child with SLCN, it can already be difficult to keep on top of their visual support preparation. In current times, our need to laminate resources has gone through the roof to try an ensure that we can keep resources clean. I don't know about you, but my plastic consumption...

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Is online Speech Therapy suitable for my child?

Many Speech and Language Therapists have moved their services online during the pandemic. I am grateful to have this opportunity to keep offering services to the families and schools that I work with. But is online Speech Therapy (also known as Teletherapy) even an option for your child? This...

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Is private Speech Therapy the right decision?

Is private (also known as Independent) Speech and Language Therapy (SLT or SaLT) the right choice for you and your family? This blog is to give you more information about the reasons that people seek out private Therapy, and the ways it can work for you and your child, both instead of and...

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What factors do we think about when considering high-tech AAC?

Originally published on Feb. 8, 2020. This blog post comes thanks to a Parent who asked me a question on Twitter. Thank you for all your questions, it helps me to understand what you need from me. In this case, the child was using a low-tech AAC system, but being considered for transition to...

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What if the best Speech Therapy was your Physiotherapy?

Originally published on Jan. 14, 2020. You may notice that all the blogs I am writing this month are loosely arranged around a theme of "do your best, don't beat yourself up". This is because this pretty much summarises how I encourage families to think about their child's Speech Therapy. I...

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What if you DON'T do the big heroic thing for your child's communication development?

Originally published on Jan. 6, 2020. It is traditional at the beginning of the year to either set a big audacious goal, or to shrug and say you won't be bothering (has anyone noticed that the world seems to have got together and decided to have a 'word of the year' instead of resolutions,...

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Stories we tell ourselves

Originally published on Dec. 28, 2019. I have been ill all over Christmas. One of those bugs that deceives you into thinking it is going and then just moves to a slightly different part of your head and throat. I am usually pretty good at being ill- I am a big believer in resting and...

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