Information and sources of advice for professionals supporting children and young people with identified speech, language and communication needs

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Tiny Happy People

Tiny Happy People BBC website provides a wide range of information, ideas and activities for you to use and signpost parents to use in daily routines to help develop babies communication skills. The website is for parents of children aged up to 5 years, parents can choose information that is relevant to the age of their child.  It includes information about what to expect and when as well as activities and games to play to help speech, language and communication.  It includes information, ideas and activities for parents of babies with SEND.

 

Cost: Free

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Switch off and talk

Babies learn from watching the adults around them, switching off devices supports their communication development.  This webpage and leaflet provides families with information about why this is important.

Cost: Free

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Tiny Happy People activities

Tiny Happy People BBC website provides a wide range of information, ideas and activities for you to share with parents to use in daily routines to help develop their baby's communication skills. It includes activities and games to play to help speech, language and communication. 

 

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Tiny Happy People SEND information

This area of the Tiny Happy People BBC website provides a wide range of information, ideas and activities for parents of babies with SEND.

Cost: Free

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NHS Services and support for parents

NHS website with details for how to find a GP, Health Visitor and child health clinics in your area

Cost: Free

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Parent information, advice and resources - Worcestershire

The Worcestershire Speech and Language Therapy service website provides a comprehensive range of resources, advice and You Tube videos to help parents to support their child /young person at home. 

Visit the website to find:

  • Information about speech, language and communication
  • Free resources you can download and use at home
  • Links to our You Tube channel where you will find demonstrations of activities you can do at home
  • Further information about the local team, where we work and what services we provide 

Cost: Free

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PEEP

Peep Communication and Language strand - evidence-based parenting programme for parents and babies together to attend together. There is a focus on bonding, attachment and the quality of the home learning environment as well as a focus on communication and language. Parents have the opportunity to gain 3 credits towards NOCN Learning Together at home.

Peep Early Literacy Strand - evidence-based parenting programme for parents and children to attend together. There is a focus on bonding, attachment and the quality of the home learning environment as well as a focus on literacy. Parents have the opportunity to gain 3 credits towards NOCN Learning Together at home.

Cost: Free

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Be face to face at the baby's level

Being face to face with babies helps them to listen, concentrate and understand the message you are sharing. It also helps you to see where the baby's focus is and what they are trying to communicate. This simple video produced by Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust shows why this is important.

Cost: Free

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Progress Checker

Speech and Language UK's progress checker provides parents with short questions they can answer to see their baby is getting on with their communication development.

Cost: Free

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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.

Cost: Free

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Children's Centres

Children's Centres give help and advice on child and family health and parenting.  Use this link to find a Children's Centre close to you. 

Cost: Free

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Talk together in daily routines

This leaflet provides information for you to use and to share with parents and carers about how to use everyday activities and routines to talk about what babies can see and what is happening. Babies learn from experiences and activities that happen over and over again.  This gives adults a chance to use the same words and sentences many times.  Linking these to daily routines will help babies to make links between the words and what they mean.

Cost: Free

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Speech and Language UK Ages and Stages

This is a guide to the typical stages of speech and language development in babies.  Children develop language at different rates. However, understanding what is typical can help you identify speech and language problems early.  This page also provides information about how to support babies' development.

 

 

 

Cost: Free

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Speech and Language UK How to support your child

This information for families provides ideas for them to support their baby and forms part of Speech and Language UK's guide to the typical stages of speech and language development.  Children develop language at different rates and understanding what is typical and what parents and carers can do to support their baby's communication helps provide them with a great start on their journey to developing communication skills. 

 

 

 

Cost: Free

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Labelling and Commenting

Using real word labels and commenting on what babies are interested in helps them to learn new words.  Here NHS Tayside's Rhyming Robin and Chatty and Charlie share information about how to do this as well as many other top tips for learning words. Use these strategies in your interactions with babies you support and share with their families.

Cost: Free

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Copy, repeat, imitate

Copying a baby's sounds and actions shows them you're interested in what they are saying and doing, encourages them to do more and shows them how conversations and communication works. Here NHS Lothian share ideas of what you can do to help babies; early communication skills.  Use these strategies with the babies you work with and share these ideas with their families.

Cost: Free

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Greater Manchester 10 Tips for Talking

The Greater Manchester (GM) 10 Tips for Talking are ten key messages to support the development of language and communication skills for babies and young children and can be used by everyone. Each tip is designed to give families and anyone working with children some small suggestions that can make a big difference and help give children the best start. Each message is based on sound research and is delivered by children.

Cost: Free

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Top Tips for Talking

Parents play a key role in supporting their baby's 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.

Cost: Free

Top Tips for Talking
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NLT Tips for talking leaflets

The National Literacy Trust provides a wide range of parent-friendly downloadable leaflets outlining tips for talking, why talking to your baby matters and the benefits for their development. The ideas include information for talking in daily routines such as during nappy changing, information for dads and activities to support communication when out and about. 

 

Cost: Free

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Family Information Service

Your local Family Information Service (FIS) provides a range of information on all services available to parents, including parents of disabled children. 

Cost: Free

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Speech and Language UK Chatter Matters

This series of videos for parents and carers outlines how speech, language and communication skills develop; what families can do to support their baby; how these skills develop over time; children with speech and language needs and how to access information and support.

Cost: Free

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National Literacy Trust Bilingual quick tips

The National Literacy Trust has produced a series of bilingual quick tips for parents and practitioners to help children develop good talking and listening skills. There are lots of different languages.  Copies can be downloaded and shared with families.

- Say hello to your new baby
- Dummies and talking
- Talk to your baby and child in your own language
- Making the most of television
- Talking with your baby
- Sharing songs and rhymes
- Playing with your baby

Cost: Free

National Literacy Trust Bilingual quick tips
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Family Nurse Partnership

Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a home visiting programme for first-time young mums and families. It will help families you work with to have a healthy pregnancy; improve their child's health and development and plan their futures.

Cost: Free

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