Supporting speech and language skills at Christmas | Elizabeth Gunner

Well we are half way through December, although I’m not sure how that happened!  We are at that tricky time when as an adult I am now where near prepared for Christmas day, but all the children are over excited and completely ready for the school holidays to start.

So what do you do, when on top of all of this, you also need to practise speech and language targets?  Some families find that keeping to a routine is easier and manage to find five minutes to squeeze in some practise.  However for many families this just isn’t going to happen.  I always get some parents feeling very guilty that…

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New games for older children | Elizabeth Gunner

Helen and I love finding new games.  It helps to keep the children motivated and it also means we don’t have to play pop up pirate 10 times a day! It can be tricky to find games for older children so I thought I would tell you about a few new finds.

Wonky blocks

This is a surprisingly tricky game!  I have been using it with year 5 and 6 children.  It would also be great for secondary school children.  It has really grabbed the attention of some of my children and they have played it for the whole session.  Interestingly they were keen to know what the record was and who else had managed…

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Aptus Inferencing app – a review | Elizabeth Gunner

Helen and I were recently contacted by Aptus Speech and Language Therapy.  They have released an app to target inferencing skills and asked us to review it.  The app is called Inferencing Pics and is currently priced at £7.99 on iTunes.  Helen and I were sent a free copy of the app, however the comments in the review are our own.

I LOVE finding new apps and one with real photos of different situations for inferencing and prediction really got me interested! The app has over 200 real life photos.  Each picture is accompanied by a question to prompt the child to infer information.  It is…

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Understanding three key words | Elizabeth Gunner

When speech and language therapists assess younger children’s understanding of language, we often talk about “key words” or “information carrying words” – ICW’s.  ICW’s is a term originally used by the Derbyshire Language Scheme, 1982, Knowles, W and Masidlover, M. What both of these terms refer to, are the number of words in a sentence you need to understand to follow it correctly.  For more information about ICW’s read our posts about ICW’s,  1 ICW and 2ICW‘s. You should read these posts first to understand the structure, unless you know your child needs to be working at a three key word…

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Teaching the ‘s’ sound – part 2. | Elizabeth Gunner

This is the fourth in our series of posts about teaching sounds.  You can read the post about teaching the “k” sound here and the “f” sound here.  A few weeks ago, Helen wrote about the “s” sound.  As Helen explained, there are more common errors we hear with the “s” sound, but there are also a number of more unusual errors.

So today, I am going to write about some of the other errors that can come with the “s” sound.  If your child is making any of these errors, please seek out the advice of a speech and language therapist.

When should a child be able to say the “s” and “z” sounds?…

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How to use Mr. Potato head in speech therapy | Elizabeth Gunner

We have written a few posts in this series, explaining how we use ‘normal’ toys to target specific speech and language skills.  You can read our posts about using dinosaurs, toy animals, Lego, and Nerf guns. Many younger children find Mr. Potato head very motivating. They also now make a whole range of extra parts and clothes as well as special edition ones. So here are some ideas about using it in therapy.

I find that Mr. Potato head is a great tool for encouraging early interaction and requesting skills in younger children.  It is often a motivating toy, so I am mean and keep…

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s photo cards | Elizabeth Gunner

We have just published a set of 90 photo picture cards for the ‘s’ sound.  We also have packs for the ‘c/k’ and ‘f’ sounds as well.  ‘s’ is another sound that we work on frequently.

This pack comes as a pdf download.  Add it to you shopping cart, check out and pay, and then you will be sent a link via email to download the pdf file.  You will then need to print this yourself and laminate if required.

This pack contains
6 pages with ‘s’ at the beginning of words.  This starts with simple words such as sea and sew and extends through CVC words to 2 and 3 syllable words.
4 pages with…

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