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 make understanding and communicating easier for my young child."

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Reduce screen time

Screens can often distract both children and adults from every day interactions and communication. Try to reduce your and your child's screen time to increase opportunities for playing, talking and interacting together. This simple video from Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust outlines key messages using screens.

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BBC Something Special

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

 

Cost: Free

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Switch off and talk

The average 3-4 year old spends 27.5 hours each week watching TV, using the internet or playing electronic games. Reducing this will be support your child’s communication skills. This webpage and leaflet provides you with information about why this is important.

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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 young child.  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

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Using visual support

Parents play a key role in supporting their child'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 child'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 can be used 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 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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