How to give extra help at home with my child / young person's understanding, talking and communication
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The resources here will help you reach the outcome: "I know what extra changes I can make at home that will make communication easier for my baby."
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Reduce screen time
Screens can often distract both babies and adults from every day interactions and communication. Try to reduce your and your baby's screen time to increase opportunities for playing and interacting together. This simple video from Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust outlines key messages using screens.
Switch off and talk
Babies learn from watching the adults around them, switching off devices supports their communication development. This webpage and leaflet provides you with information about why this is important.
Makaton sign and symbol resources
These free Makaton resources are available for you to access and use to support communication with your baby. These symbols and signs help you to provide extra information and clues about what you are saying as well as support the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening and understanding.
Using visual support
Parents play a key role in supporting their babies language and communication skills in everyday life. Children learn about the world through their experiences and interests particularly within their play. Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust provide information and opportunities for families learn more about developing speech and language - this video introduces how to use visual support to help communication.