How Can You Help Your Child
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Children and Family wellbeing service
The Children and Family Wellbeing Service, previously children's centres and Young People's Service, provide services to help with parenting and other support you may need. They support families of children and young people from 0-19 years old and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities up to 25.
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Below are some advice sheets about how to develop your child’s speech and language skills at home. From encouraging early listening skills, breaking down complex instructions, taking turns to the essential nature of play. We hope these help you get started and feel like you are doing something that will really help.
Really Useful Websites
Below are links to a number of websites that provide practical guidance and support to parents. There are some on the My Child page you may also like to refer to. Some of the websites below are also aimed at providing information about older children who have communication difficulties and those who do not use speech as their main form of communication. Click on the pictures below to follow the links:
Cbeebies has a section on its website all about speech and language development. Discover what you can do to help your child learn to communicate with strategies to help children make themselves understood and express their feelings. The BBC have also introduced an initiative called tiny happy people, which launches fully in 2020, but there is already some good information on the site.
This sight will give you some helpful information about using Makaton signs and symbols. It will give you some examples, but will also explain why they can be of use to support the development of communication. We can provide Makaton training if your child’s therapist feels it is appropriate.
The ACE Centre
The ACE Centre North provides advice and support to children and adults who use alternative forms of communication. They offer training, assessment and advice about alternative communication methods such as communication aids offering information sessions for parents and lots of useful materials.