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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Inclusion is for life, not just for Christmas

Originally published on Nov. 16, 2019. In the UK, it's the week where the John Lewis Christmas advert comes out. This is something of a pre-Christmas tradition these days, and the ads have a reputation for being heart-warming. In this year's ad, Edgar the excitable dragon tries hard to join...

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Why you are missing out on ideas and support for your child's communication

Originally published on Nov. 3, 2019. I am an NHS Speech and Language Therapist, and run my business on the side at the moment. When you work in the NHS, you don’t really need to worry about ‘finding your market’, because we all know that there is way too much work for our NHS Speech...

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Everything you wanted to know about feeding tubes but were afraid to ask

Originally published on Sept. 5, 2019. I'm squeaking in at the end of feeding tube awareness week with a post for anyone who has ever wondered why children would have feeding tubes. My special area of interest is in working with children and families who are tube-dependent (in fact, I'm...

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Weaning your premature baby: When is the right time?

Originally published on Nov. 11, 2018. It can be confusing working out whether your baby is at the right age for weaning. Should you go by corrected age, or uncorrected? What if your baby has developmental delays, or additional medical needs? The short answer to 'when do I wean my baby', is...

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Weaning your premature baby: what skills does your baby need to learn?

Originally published on Nov. 4, 2018. It can be confusing working out the best way to introduce solid foods to your premature baby. There is a lot of advice available, from Professionals and friends and family ,but the truth is that the research isn’t yet definitive. This means that advice...

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Feeding your premature baby: Pacing oral feeding

Originally published on Sept. 30, 2018. One of the skills that babies need to develop is their suck-swallow-breathe co-ordination. This skill is something that develops with maturity, and not practise, which is one reason why we have to chosoe our starting point for oral feeding very...

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Feeding your premature baby-Getting started with oral feeding- Positioning for feeding

Originally published on Sept. 23, 2018. There are a few ways that we can influence how successful our baby is likely to be when orally feeding. It is important to note that we cannot make a baby feed successfully. Only your baby can tell us when the right time for them will be. What we can...

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