Parents
& Carers

How to Help Your Baby's/ Child's Speech, Language and Communication Skills

 

We all know that babies develop at diffferent rates but there are some milestones to be aware of.

 

Click on your baby's/child's age to see what they should be doing and some ideas of how you can help them.

 

0-6 months

6- 12 months

1-2 years 

2-3 years

3-4 years 

4-5 years

 

 

Introducing Tiny Happy People

"A chatty child is a happy child!" Tiny Happy People is BBC Education's most ambitious and exciting initiative to date. The website has lots of ideas and advice to help you develop your child's communication skills through simple interaction and play. 

 

Click here to visit the website.

 

 

Language screening using 'WellComm' 

In Salford we offer screening of children at 2 years, 3 years and in some areas 18 months, to make sure children are on track to develop their language skills. This may be offered by one of the Community Nursery Nurses attached to the 0-19 service (previously known as either the Health Visiting or School Nursing service); the Early Help Practitioners attached to children's centres across the city or by your childcare provider. 

We encourage parents to take up this screening if offered as it will provide you with useful advice specific to your child. 

Following screening you may be offered one of the following options if your child needs a little help developing their communication skills:

  • Activities to do at home;
  • An invitation to one of our Talking Tots groups at your local children's centre run by one of our skilled Communication Development Workers;
  • Referral into the Speech and Language Therapy service.

 

 

Starting Life Well Service

Offers advice and support to parents of young children who wish to access funded daycare or support from our team of professionals click here for more information. 

 

 

 

 

Resources for Parents/ Carers of Baby's and Young Children

The Speech and Language Therapy team at Worcestershire have kindly allowed us to share their amazing resources with our Parents/ Carers in Salford. 

Click on the links below to download the handouts!

 

 

Other Online Resources

The Department of Education have created a page Hungry Little Minds. 

Please click here for short videos and simple, fun activities that you and yoru child can do together.

 

BBC Bitesize have created a game on how to help your child with language video (language, communication and listening). Click here for the video that includes strategies and ideas to support listening and language development e.g. maintaining eye contact, extended language.

 

Highland Literacy have kindly allowed us to share their fantastic website.

Please click here for lots of information and ideas to help support your child to learn! 

 

NSPCC Look Say Sing Play offer fun and easy tips to help you bring even more Look, Say, Sing, and Play into your daily routine with your baby. The NSPCC will send you a new tip, tailored to your child's age each week!

Please click here to sign up!

 

Very Well Family- Mirror Play- 'when your baby is 9 to 12 months old, you can harness that fascination to develop several skills: eye-hand coordination, language, and listening skills, and imitation.'

Please click here for more information.

    
 

Local Initiatives

Early Years Initiatives

Our Early years team are currently working together with the Assosciation of Greater Manchester Authorities, this includes a rollout of language screening of children using Wellcomm tool.

School Age Initiatives

This is an area currently under development. There are a number of exciting developments to look forward to in the upcoming months in regards to how we work in schools.

 

 Enhanced Services initiatives

The Enhanced Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Service offer bought-in input in schools. This might involve universal input, individual or group interventions. They also support schools and staff to develop communication friendly environments and delivering training. For further information, please contact Fiona Taylor – fiona.taylor@srft.nhs.uk

 

I have found working with the speech therapist very beneficial. She helps me to set achievable goals for the children by coming into the nursery and interacting with the children and getting to know them. She talks to us on a regular basis and updates us on what targets she would like the children to achieve next. She teaches us new strategies to use with the children which we find really useful, we try to incorporate this into everyday activities. Parent’s often comment on how much they appreciate the advice from our therapist. They also comment on how much progress their children have made since visiting her. We don’t know what we would do without her!

Anneka Williamson, Children’s Centre Practitioner

“It brought different activities to his usual routine which he enjoyed and encouraged him to participate”

Parent

“I have two children who are supported by the speech and language therapy service. The therapists have lots of patience with my children. Both Christipher and Marcus have come on a lot. Marcus now has lots more confidence and he talks much more in the classroom. Christipher isn’t as stressed anymore, his therapist has taught me exactly what to do. If I need any help, she is very easy to approach. Before I try new things with Christipher I can check with her first. The therapist knows him very well. She has worked wonders with him. Without her, I wouldn’t know what to do.”

Nicola, Mum of Christipher and Marcus

"My son Lewis has been attending speech and language for a few years. He has come on briliantly and is more confident. His speech is so much clearer now. He also enjoys the sessions. Jean gives me loads of ideas about how to continue helping him at home. He gets work sheets to take home which also he enjoys doing. Lewis has a short attention span and can find it difficult to concentrate for long, but Jean makes it very interesting for Lewis and different every session."

Tracy, Lewis

"I am Megan’s mum. Megan was identified as having speech and language difficulties when she was at primary school. Since this time she has been supported by the Education Inclusion Service Speech and Language team. This has made a huge difference to the development of Megan’s speech and language. Not only do they support Meg, they also support the staff at the school in delivering the programmes that Megan needs. The team are also there to answer any questions that I may have and will send us regular information on Megan’s target’s, what they are and if she has achieved them. Megan enjoys the sessions that she attends at school and they are delivered at times that try not to impact too greatly on her daily school life."

Hayley Robinson, Megan

EPs and SALT frequently work together during Multi agency meetings to Clarify individual concerns and strengths. We develop joint objectives, that are regularly reviewed And evaluated to improve outcomes for children and YP. Parents and teachers comment that this work is effective and helps to increase their Understanding and knowledge. Jointly we increase schools capacity, through conversations and training, to meet the needs of their pupils.

Joanne Snee- Educational Psychologist

“I couldn't be happier Grayson has come on so much in these 6 weeks. It has helped 100%. Thank you so much”

Parent of Grayson

“The service has been really helpful, the staff also been very kind and experienced. My child has learnt and developed some new communication skills and I also as the mom have known new ways to help my child through. Thanks”

Anonymous Parent

“I have not tried to phone as I am deaf. I felt like I was listened to with the use of a BSL interpreter. My son enjoyed coming into the room and playing with the toys.”

Anonymous Parent