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What are the Benefits of Baby Signing?- Guest Blog Post

As Speech and Language Therapists in Early Intervention, we know that introducing signing can have a positive impact on children’s communication skills. But some parents/caregivers may be reluctant to introduce baby signs with their child due to concerns about it stopping them talking. Today I’m sharing a guest blog post by Laura Black, a paediatric […]

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Supporting a Child’s Independent Play Skills- Guest Blog Post

As Speech and Language Therapists working in Early Intervention, parents and caregivers often ask how they can support their child to engage in independent play at home. Today I’m sharing a guest blog post by Kerry from @the_play_planner and she’s sharing 7 tips for supporting and improving a child’s independent play skills. Independent play time

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Engaging Activities for Encouraging Symbolic Sounds and Exclamatory Words

Symbolic sounds and exclamatory words often come before children’s first words. In this blog post, you’ll learn 8 engaging activities for encouraging symbolic sounds and exclamatory words in your early intervention sessions. What are symbolic sounds and exclamatory words? Symbolic sounds and exclamatory words are sounds/words that are short and easy to produce. Many symbolic

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Easy Ways to Encourage Verbs During Daily Routines

Verbs are a key part of language development. In this post you’ll learn about why verbs matter, the benefits of coaching caregivers during daily routines, and three easy ways you can encourage verbs in daily routines during your parent-coaching sessions. Why do verbs matter? As therapists, we know that verbs are a crucial part of

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Top Tips for Encouraging Gestures in Early Intervention Sessions

The development of gestures is a crucial prelinguistic skill; gestures are precursors to language development. In this post you’ll learn 3 of my top tips for encouraging gestures in your Early Intervention sessions. What are gestures? Gestures are hand/body movements or facial expressions which are used to intentionally communicate without using words. Examples of gestures

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5 Awesome Books for Teaching Body Parts

Books are great, aren’t they? I love that you can target a range of different goals with books. And really love that you can coach parents and caregivers to use language facilitation strategies while reading books too.   In this post you’ll learn about 5 awesome books for teaching body parts vocabulary in Speech and Language

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6 of my Favourite Early Language Strategies to Coach to Caregivers

Coaching parents and caregivers to use early language strategies that support their child’s language and communication skills is a highly effective therapy approach.  In this post you’ll learn all about 6 of my favourite early language strategies to coach to caregivers in my Early Intervention sessions. General Language Stimulation The 6 early language strategies you’ll

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4 Super Simple Language Strategies to use at Mealtimes

Coaching caregivers to use language strategies during mealtimes is a great way to support young children’s language skills. In this post I’m sharing 4 simple language strategies you can coach parents and caregivers to use during mealtimes. Why should we use language strategies at mealtimes? Mealtimes are one of my favourite times to coach parents

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4 Engaging Ways to use the Counting Surprise Party toy by Learning Resources to Support Language Skills

This Counting Surprise Party toy by Learning Resources is hugely popular with little ones and is a great addition to your therapy sessions. So I wanted to share 4 engaging ways you can use these Counting Surprise Party presents in your therapy sessions to support early language skills. Note- This post is not sponsored by

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My Favourite Hack to use with Inset Puzzles in Early Intervention

I love using inset puzzles in my Early Intervention sessions. They’re perfect for little hands, and you can encourage so much language with them!  In this post I’m sharing all about the little “hack” I always use that never fails to encourage even more language when I use inset puzzles in my Early Intervention sessions.

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