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

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The resources here will help you reach the outcome: "I know what specialist information to give parents and families of babies with identified speech, language and communication needs."

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Balanced System for Schools and Settings

The Balanced System Scheme for Schools and Settings is a whole system approach to improving outcomes for children across the range of speech, language and communication needs for any setting that supports children. The framework enables a setting to understand existing need and provision for speech, language and communication and develop provision to address the gaps. The framework supports a setting to demonstrate impact of the support for speech, language and communication.

Cost: £

Balanced System for Schools and Settings
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Family SupportEnvironmentWorkforceIdentificationIntervention

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

Tiny Happy People
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Family SupportIntervention

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

Tiny Happy People SEND information
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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

NHS Services and support for parents
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Progress Checker

I CAN's progress checker provides parents with short questions they can answer to see their baby is getting on with their communication development.

Cost: Free

Progress Checker
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Family Support

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

Using visual support
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I CAN Ages & 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

I CAN Ages & Stages
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I CAN How to support your child

This information for families provides ideas for them to support their baby and forms part of I CAN'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

I CAN How to support your child
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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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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

Family Information Service
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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 babies.  These symbols and signs, which can also be shared with families, 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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