Speech and language

Makaton

Makaton uses signs (gestures) and symbols (pictures) to help people communicate.         Click icon for Signing Hands, the UK Makaton website and have a look under About.

  • There are also many Makaton videos on Youtube.        Click play button for a list.        Here are a couple of examples:  Ten in the bed         Chriustmas 123        This video of Tom’s story illustrates how it might work.
  • Here are some free resources to download and maybe print.

Mr Tumble      (new)

  • CBeebies’ series Something Special was designed for children with communication difficulties and uses Makaton.       Click play icon to browse the the themed episodes:  e.g. The looking game.
  • A more selective array of extended singing videos can be found on iPlayer.

NHS speech therapy

Lincolnshire NHS has an open referral system for children’s speech therapy.        Parents can phone children’s therapy services to ask about it.       Click icon and look for:

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Where to start?

Talking Point offers a comprehensive guide to children’s communication issues.         Click icon for guidance and choose from the menu list down the left hand side.         It may be a good place to start.         You might want to look for the following:

  • Ages and stages of development – what is normal?
  • Some children struggle– what to look out for.
  • What can I do?      Finding the right school.

Talking Point provides services in Lincolnshire.

What to try?

  • The National Autistic Society (NAS) has a guide to visual supports.
  • This retail site has an introduction to using PECS and British Sign Language (BSL)          See also PECS boards below.
  • Here are some parent’s opinions about which to use and this discussion goes into a bit more detail.

Total communication

Options group have produced a helpsheet about the development of communication skills in people on the autism spectrum.         The author is a specialist speech and language therapist.          Click icon to view.

PECS boards

PECS boards provide students with a way to visually associate ideas about their everyday life, and to communicate with their instructors and family.         Click icon for illustrations of their use and How to for a guide to making your own.         The website is USA based.

The girl who thought in pictures

Dr Temple Grandin did not speak until the age of 4.         Doctors did not think she would ever speak but her parents refused to accept it.         Yet, with determination, her unusual mind enabled her to improve animal welfare on farms around the world.          Click icon for an article about the book.           See also Amazon.          The book contains an illustrated rhyming tale for children followed by reading matter for parents.

Non-verbal

Even if a child does not develop speech all is not lost.        Click icon to read article.        Its themes are developed in Diversitypress.        There are also one or two similar articles in Whatisitlike?.

Lincolnshire Family services directory has a few entries with a search for non-verbal.      (new)       Linchfield is in the Market Deeping area.

E G Training

E G Training provide speech and language therapy in the East Midlands.         See   website         speech & language          locations – their therapists travel to clients in Lincolnshire.

Flash Cards

Sparklebox offer free resources for parents of children with special educational needs.          Here is the Speech page.        Their terms of use are brief.

Play

Children’s centre staff encourage parents to think beyond the disability:    e.g. Come and play aims to promote independence, confidence and social skills.         It may be good for toddlers with delayed speech.         Little explorers could be another one to consider.          See about
children’s centres in Grantham or Wider area.

Dillan’s Voice

Apple has released a video clip called Dillan’s Voice about a Sixteen year old with autism.        This webpage also has an accompanying video clip called Dylan’s Path.

We have an app for that

TippyTalk’ App for Nonverbal People Turns Pictures Into Text Messages.       See this article about TippyTalk, an alternative to a picture exchange communication system (PECS) board.       As of March 2016 it still seems to be at an early stage of development, though, so will not be available to the public for a while yet.        See also TippyTalk blog.

Social scripts

Your child may be repeating words or phrases constantly – why might that be?        Here is a 10 minute video about the difference between echolalial scripting and social scripting and how they can help.

Discussions

The website Ambitious about Autism has a lot of on-line discussions about speech development.       Look for the magnifying glass icon on the site to search.       Click Twitter icon here to find a link to their website – it is in the left margin.        See also:  More tips.

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