Talk to a speech and language therapist
Our speech and language therapists are here to help.
Are you concerned that your child is struggling with talking and understanding words? You are not alone. There are currently 1.9 million children across the UK who face the same challenges.
We know it can often be confusing to navigate a child’s development, that’s why we have two free services to support you:
- An advice line for parents or carers and practitioners to discuss concerns they have about a child
- A series of webinars designed to give parents the tools they need to support their child
Our free advice line is a confidential phone call with an experienced speech and language therapist. During the 30-minute call, you will be given the opportunity to talk through your concerns and questions regarding your child’s development.
Our speech and language therapists will be able to provide you with information on typical development, as well as advice on how to support your child’s skills. They will also be able to signpost you to other services.
Following the call, you will receive an email summary with tips, techniques and signposting to other helpful services.
Please note that we open booking slots monthly. This service does not include meeting and assessing children. The speech and language therapist cannot give specific advice on topics such as diagnosis or the provision the child is receiving, but will aim to signpost to services and organisations that can help further.
Talking with your toddler webinars
Our free talking with your toddler webinars are for parents of children aged 12 months to 2 ½ years who are concerned about their child’s talking and understanding of words. We offer seven different themed webinars which are led by an experienced speech and language therapist. Each will equip you with activities and approaches to encourage development. To help you feel confident, you will also be welcome to ask questions.
One webinar takes place every week, and you can attend one or all of the webinars depending on your interest in the individual topics.
Our webinar topics are:
- Symbolic noises and first words
- Using everyday routines to support speech, language and communication skills
- Sharing books to develop speech, language and communication skills
- Using songs and rhymes to develop speech, language and communication skills
- Play and talk
- Talking more than one language
- How babies learn to talk (for children 12 to 18 months)
Following the webinars, we advise that you try out the strategies at home, and contact our advice line if your child has not made progress over a three-month period.
Our new "how to" videos for parents of toddlers
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