How Great it is to Communicate: Resources for Parents

“Learning to speak is one of life’s most important accomplishments.”

(Reilly, Mckean, Morgan & Wake)

Box Hill Speech Pathology Clinic Communication Resources for Parents Smiling Baby and Father

 

This short video demonstrates the impact of “invisible” communication disorders and how speech therapy can improve your family’s quality of life:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG50fv-B3Uk

 

TALKING POINT is an excellent site with lots of great information on communication, including what to expect at different ages:

http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/

  • A quick and easy way to check the progress of your child’s language development:

http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/progress-checker

  • Tips for talking with your child:

http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/directory/free-resources-parents

Box Hill Speech Pathology Clinic Communication Resources for Parents Make a Child Feel Valued

AFASIC

http://www.afasic.org.uk/

  • What do speech pathologists really mean when they say ‘speech’, ‘language’ or ‘talking’?

http://www.afasic.org.uk/about-talking/what-do-we-mean-by-talking/

  • Is your child bilingual? Find out more about assessment and management of communication difficulties when your family speaks more than one language:

www.afasic.org.uk/download/28/

  • Ever stopped to consider the number of steps in the communication chain? Look at all the places where it could break down!

http://www.afasic.org.uk/about-talking/what-skills-are-involved/the-communication-chain/

Box Hill Speech Pathology Clinic Communication Resources for Parents The Communication Chain

WORDS FOR LIFE

  • Watch this mother using a ‘still face’ versus ‘expressive face’ with her child – it’s a fascinating reminder of how crucial it is to respond to your child’s attempts at communication:

http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/baby/milestones

  • Fantastic tips for grandparents on communicating with grandchildren:

http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/communicate-with-your-grandchild

  • Want to learn how to use apps to develop your child’s communication skills?

http://literacyapps.literacytrust.org.uk/

 Box Hill Speech Pathology Clinic Communication Resources for Parents Family Playing Together on Ipad

THE BRITISH STAMMERING ASSOCIATION

  • Ways to help your preschool child who stutters:

http://www.stammering.org/help-information/parents/under-5s/bsa-leaflets-parents-under-5s/stammering-preschool-children-how

  • Do you have a bilingual child who stutters?

http://www.stammering.org/help-information/parents/under-5s/bsa-leaflets-parents-under-5s/stammering-and-bilingual-child

 

Box Hill Speech Pathology Clinic Communication Resources for Parents Mother and Child Talking
Mother and daughter talking in kitchen

By Nicola Anglin (Speech Pathologist)

 

References:

Identifying and managing common childhood language and speech impairments

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/276338135_Identifying_and_managing_common_childhood_language_and_speech_impairments

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