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I was worried my children had every support taken away

SLCo has been a fantastic source of support for us over many months.    As a parent who struggles to understand why my children struggle to understand language it is also really emotional for the family to watch our children struggle in front of us and not know how to communicate with them. To watch them when they are upset and worried and not be able to explain a virus, I…Continue reading I was worried my children had every support taken away

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Did you know #5

Did you know…  Families play a crucial role in developing children’s speech and language skills?  Parent are the key determinants in achieving outcomes for children. Parents are the experts as they know their children best.  Studies show that speech and language therapy is more effective when involving a child’s family in home therapy. Children trust…Continue reading Did you know #5

Did You Know #4

SLCN is a broad category that covers the wide range of conditions affecting speech, language and communication.   Language Disorder and its types (Developmental Language Disorder and Language Disorder associated with a differentiating condition) are all Speech, Language and Communication Needs.   The term Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is used for children where:  A child…Continue reading Did You Know #4

Parent Story: Am I Going Mad

“AM I GOING MAD?”  How many times must I hear the same comments resonating from the mouths of other parents outside my son’s school. “It’s great that the kids are back to normal now, able to get to school and see their friends, all laughing together”. That doesn’t mean anything to me. That is not my…Continue reading Parent Story: Am I Going Mad

Did you know? #1

When SLTs refer to language, what they really mean is receptive and expressive language.   Receptive language is the ability to remember and understand what has been said, also known as comprehension.   Expressive language relates to verbally delivering information and this may be through sign language or gestures.   SLTs don’t always address verbal issues. Social and problem solving skills are essential and can become a weakness…Continue reading Did you know? #1

Keep Focus

Parents often talk about issues they’re concerned about through our helpline or parent network. The inability of a child to pay attention is a common topic.   Karen has a daughter, Harley, who’s almost 9 and has a real problem with paying attention. She doesn’t cope well at school because she is so easily distracted.   Hayley’s father has ADHD and really understands how Hayley’s experience is so similar to his own.  Karen is worried about her daughter and looking for help to improve her attention.  Hayley’s…Continue reading Keep Focus

Magic Moments – Tommy’s Story

Tommy is aged 7 and struggles a bit with his speech and language but had also developed a stutter (disfluency). Mum had been told it was stress related because he doesn’t like being in class or in public and feels uncomfortable when people look at him when he’s talking.  Tommy had received therapy from a speech and language therapist but is now discharged from the service as they have…Continue reading Magic Moments – Tommy’s Story

Video Learning Suite Coming Soon

With funding from Edinburgh University’s Community Programme we have created a series of video tutorials for parents and guardians to watch and try. They demonstrate activities that families can engage in and show how to adapt activities to suit a child’s needs and abilities. The videos are the first in a planned series. The first six cover the following topics: 1. Attention and Listening Skills 2. Positive Adult and Child Interactions 3.  Developing Vocabulary And…Continue reading Video Learning Suite Coming Soon