speech development

Toddler Talking groups: Helping your toddler to talk

Our new Toddler Talking groups are proving popular with local parents looking for help to encourage their toddler to talk. Groups run twice a week at our Tooting clinic and your first session is completely free. Contact Lizzie at lizzie@childrenstherapies.co.uk to find out more.

Spotting the Early Signs of Autism

Diagnosing autism is complex, but there are a few common signs that can help if you’re worried your child might have autism. Children’s psychologist Daniela Di Ciano tells us more.

“I know a lot of parents can be worried about their child having autism. There’s so much pressure nowadays to make sure your child is hitting all their developmental milestones at the ‘right’ age, and it can be a real concern if your child isn’t following the textbook.

Encouraging Correct Speech Sounds

Normal Developmental Errors

If your child struggles with certain speech sounds, it may reassure you to know that most children do not develop their entire speech repertoire until they are approximately seven years old. All of them will pass through what speech and language therapists call developmental ‘errors’ at various stages, for example saying ‘wed’ instead of ‘red’ and ‘tat’ instead of ‘cat.’ Many parents are unsure whether these errors are part of normal speech development, and when there is cause for concern. If you’re worried, check out our When to Refer Guide, showing the common difficulties for each age group that might indicate a problem. Some children present with speech sound difficulties that are not part of typical development, and speech therapy is normally necessary to resolve these.

How to ditch the dummy! Dummies and their impact on speech development

Many parents give their babies and young children dummies to help them get to sleep and to comfort them.   Babies have a strong sucking reflex and some research has shown that the use of dummies can help very young babies establish good sucking patterns. However, there are concerns about the long-term use of dummies, particularly on children’s speech and language development.

Parents share tips on supporting children with language difficulties

Parents share tips on supporting children with language difficulties, with some good ideas for helping your child if they have difficulties understanding you. From the RALLI (Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairments) campaign.

Speech and Language Development - When to Seek Help

The following post is taken from an article for Families South West Magazine's November 2012 issue, written by Marianne Brown...

Speech and Language Development – when to seek help

As a parent it’s often difficult to know when a child’s development falls within the ‘normal’ range and when there is cause for concern.  Just like learning to walk or to use a potty, children develop the ability to communicate at different speeds, and some children will encounter difficulties along the way.

Articulation Station - teaching target sounds in speech therapy

I recently came across this excellent PDF on the mommyspeechtherapy.com website which nicely describes the process for articulation therapy – the way we speech therapists help children to articulate sounds they are having problems with.   Do read this if you are practicing speech therapy at home as it explains the process very well and provides practical instructions.  Check out the website for more of Heidi’s useful tips and articles.  We’re big fans of her Articulation Station speech therapy App here at Children’s Therapies.

Apps - the future for speech and language therapy?

One of the biggest challenges for speech and language therapists is keeping children motivated and engaged with their learning activities during therapy. Traditional table-top activities involving pictures, cards and games keep children interested for a limited time but we are always seeking more creative resources. I recently introduced iPhone apps to my therapy sessions for some of the listening activities.  The children responded so well to apps as a therapy medium that I decided to invest in an iPad, which has the advantage of a bigger screen.

Speech Therapy Case Study

Speech Therapy Case Study of a 3-year-old girl with a developmental speech sound delay.

Sophie Latanowski, Speech and Language Therapist.

Reasons for referral

Lilly was referred for speech therapy by her parents and school due to concerns over her difficulties pronouncing certain speech sounds. These difficulties were making it hard for others, especially those outside her family, to understand Lilly. Lilly had suffered from hearing loss and had grommets inserted at age 3.

What is the impact of TV on your child's development?

Watching TV seems like a pretty harmless activity, and for older children who watch small amounts this might be the case.  But what is the impact of TV on your child's development?  Did you know that watching TV could actually be harmful for babies and toddlers and delay their communication development?