Transitioning to secondary school, Part 1

At this time of the year, preparations for school or onwards begin. This month, I’m writing about the move to secondary school for a child with speech, language, literacy and/or learning difficulties. I’ll focus specifically on children who fall into the category of specific speech and language impairment (SSLI), but the information could be applied […]

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Let me introduce myself…Communication Passports

What is it? A communication passport is a person-centred book which supports someone who cannot speak for themselves. It is a way of sharing information about a person in a clear, simple format, focusing on the person as being a unique, valued individual. What goes in it? It can include any of the following: Key […]

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Teaching children about feelings

Children are emotional beings…as anyone who spends any length of time with children knows! While as babies and toddlers they convey their feelings through sounds or actions, as they develop language, they start to put words on these feelings. At the moment, my 3½  year old’s favourite word is ‘excited’, or, using her words, ‘exciting’, […]

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Smart Happy Children Project

West Cork based Smart Happy Project is a great source of inspiration and ideas for parents and educators who want to help their child to be more creative, more content in themselves and more connected to nature. As described by her mission statement, Lisa Lillywhite says “The Smart Happy Project is everything you want them […]

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TV watching and language development

On Tuesday 20th June, Tom Dunne’s show on Newstalk featured Dr. Ciara O’ Toole, speech and language therapist discussing TV viewing and speech and language development in young children. Go to http://www.newstalk.ie to listen to this inteview. Also, advice from Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists regarding TV viewing and speech and language development has […]

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Speech and Language Therapy and Play Therapy information evening

The evening ‘Enhancing your Child’s Development and Strengthening your Relationship with your Child’ which took place at Clonakilty Kindergarten last month was well attended and received a lot of positive feedback. Eithne spoke about how attachment develops and how to foster secure attachment in your child. The knowledge that she imparted gave us much food […]

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Speech & Language Development Parents’ Conference

12th June at RUA RED, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Organised by Cluas, a private service provider which uses the Tomatis method, a listening based approach to address the needs to children with speech and language difficulties. For futher information go to: http://www.activelink.ie/node/2300

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Babies’ Language Starts In The Womb

 Often the subject of comedy, many pregnant women talk to their unborn baby, sing nursery rhymes or play music to entertain or comfort the child in their womb. Now scientists have shown that this is actually an important step in language development and should be encouraged….Read more on the Eumom blog: http://eumom.wordpress.com/2010/05/14/babies-language-starts-in-the-womb/

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