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Love is in the air!

February’s RCSLT’s 75th anniversary theme is Love. With so many things to love about Speech and Language Therapy I’ve decided to write my top 5 reasons of why I love the profession and why I am incredibly lucky to have a career I adore.

First Words

Hearing your child’s first words is an exciting and often much anticipated experience. Typically, children will have said their first word when they are around 12 months old. This post outlines some top tips to help your child develop their first words.

Top Toys for Language Development

With Christmas approaching check out our list of top toys for developing early language skills.

The Benefits of Nursery Rhymes

World Nursery Rhyme Week is taking place 18th-22nd November 2019.
Nursery Rhymes are a brilliant foundation for so many later developing skills including speech, language and literacy.

No Pens Day

No Pens Day celebrates and encourages speaking and listening skills across the curriculum.

International Stammering Awareness day

Today is International Stammering Awareness day. A stammer is a speech disorder characterised by disruptions which interrupt the smooth flow of speech. These may take the form of repetitions of sounds, syllables or words – like saying da-da-daddy.

Reducing Anxiety

Selective Mutism is a phobia of talking in certain situations. Environmental adaptations can help reduce a child’s anxiety.

Myths about Selective Mutism

Selective Mutism is often misunderstood and it’s important that we challenge these misconceptions in order to ensure the young person receives the correct intervention. To raise awareness and challenge some of these misconceptions, I’ve outlined some common myths.

Running for a Reason…

Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder which causes an inability to speak in certain situations. We ran the Great North Run 2019 to raise awareness and vital funds for the UK charity SMIRA.

Read a Book Day

Today is National Read a Book Day, and whether you’ve found a book you haven’t read yet or you just want to choose an old favourite from your shelf, today is a good day to be inspired to read.

Every photo tells a story…

Today is World Photography Day so I thought I would share some useful ideas to develop speech, language and communication using photos.

Look for a Book

The latest craze sweeping the North East at the moment is ‘Look for a Book’. If you haven’t already heard, it’s an idea which is keeping children of all ages entertained and outside in the fresh air.

Holiday fun

The second week of the summer holidays has begun and with 5 weeks still to go, keeping your children entertained for the duration might feel like a daunting task.

Government responds to Bercow 10

There’s been a lot of government activity around speech, language and communication needs recently. RCSLT and ICAN have received a cross-departmental government response to the Bercow: 10 years on report. The government have acknowledged that although there has been a ‘significant amount of progress over the last year’ they recognise that there is ‘still more […]

Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Over 1 million children in the UK have Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), that equates to approximately 2-3 in every classroom. Children may have difficulty with a range of areas of speech and language. These could include understanding spoken language, learning new vocabulary, using language socially or difficulties with speech sound production. All of […]

Developmental Language Disorder

It is estimated that 10% of children have long term Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).

Bercow 10 Years on…

Last month marks one year since the Bercow 10 Years on report was published. This allows a time to reflect on what has been achieved and the work that still needs to continue. The Bercow: Ten Years On report, (March 2018), reviewed support for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) […]

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