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  • Autism and me

    by Shelley Parkin
    — Speech and Language Therapist 29 November 2018

    An interview with a teen-aged girl with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

  • Behaviour problem? Or is it a language issue?

    by Shelley Parkin
    — Speech and Language Therapist 22 November 2018

    All children (and adults) will have their ‘off’ days where their behaviour may be slightly out of character, fractious or downright obnoxious! This is normal, and is often linked to lack of sleep, hunger, over-stimulation, pain, receiving bad news or perhaps an argument with a friend - there can be all sorts of reasons. In some cases there is a known condition where behaviour is different in comparison to peers - children with learning difficulties.

  • November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

    by Claire Chambers 07 November 2018

    November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month for 2018. The Epilepsy Foundation is rolling out the ‘Let’s Use Our Brains to End Epilepsy’ campaign to raise awareness and change the way people react towards seizures.

  • Closing the Attainment Gap

    by Shelley Parkin
    — Speech and Language Therapist 25 October 2018

    You may have heard reference to the ‘word gap’ in the news several times this year. Oxford University Press produced the ‘Oxford Language Report’ earlier in the year, directly addressing the importance of closing this gap. This is not the first time a gap has been highlighted, although the report certainly gained some traction in the media.

  • Are You Talking About Who I’m Talking About?

    by Susan McMackin
    — Speech and Language Therapist 17 October 2018

    This year International Developmental Language Disorder Day falls on 19th October 2018. Raising awareness is all about making sure the topic is always in circulation and ensuring that people are also aware of what that topic is.

  • Developmental Language Disorder - The Voice of the Children and Young People

    by Shelley Parkin
    — Speech and Language Therapist 02 October 2018

    On 28th April 2018, NAPLIC held its annual conference in Birmingham, drawing a host of Speech and Language Therapists and other professionals working with children and young people to its talks focusing on Developmental Language Disorder.

  • Language and Communication in the revised Early Learning Goals

    by Shelley Parkin
    — Speech and Language Therapist 17 September 2018

    The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework was revised in June this year by the Department for Education (DfE), with redrafted Early Learning Goals.

  • National Teaching Assistant Day Friday 14th September.

    by Claire Chambers 14 September 2018

    Celebrating Teaching Assistants, Learning Support assistants, Cover Supervisors and Learning Mentors across England and Wales

  • Building a Solid Foundation for Literacy

    by Shelley Parkin
    — Speech and Language Therapist 31 August 2018

    Literacy, while a seemingly innocuous (although incredibly important) topic, stirs up fierce debate across the globe when it comes to which approach we should be using in schools. Here in the UK, the most widely used approach in literacy teaching is ‘Synthetic Phonics’.

  • Are EAL Descriptors useful for our bilingual children?

    by Liz Isaac 28 August 2018

    Are EAL proficiency descriptors useful for our bilingual children, and what exactly are they?