How to make changes and give specific 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 changes I can make at home to help my toddler with their particular difficulties with understanding, talking or communicating."

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BBC Something Special

Something Special uses songs, rhymes and visual humour with Makaton sign language to help you and your toddler learn how to communicate as well as develop their language in a fun and exciting way.

 

Cost: Free

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Makaton sign and symbol resources

These free Makaton resources are available for you to access and use to support communication with your toddler.  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. 

Cost: Free

Makaton sign and symbol resources
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AAC information

The “Focus On…” series of eight leaflets cover topics related to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). They are available in print copy and as downloadable PDF files.

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Using visual support

Parents play a key role in supporting their toddler'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 their toddler's speech and language - this video introduces how to use visual support to help communication.

Cost: Free

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Symbols

Widgit provides symbols that you can use to support communication such as creating communication books to share information; visual timetables to support understanding of structure and routine; task boards to support independent learning; pictures to develop vocabulary and to support children learning English as an additional language.  Here you will find more information about how to use symbols at home to help communication and independence.  It also include resources and ideas to get you started.

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