Where to Find Help and Advice Talk With Me! Online Talking Point www.talkingpoint.org.uk A ‘first stop’ for parents and carers for information on children’s communication. Read about speech and language devel- opment at different ages, and find many ideas on how to support your child and useful 'tips for talking'. I CAN www.ican.org.uk I CAN works to support the development of speech, language and communication skills in all children with a special focus on those who find this hard. National Literacy Trust www.literacytrust.org.uk/talktoyourbaby/Parents.html Handy hints for parents and carers including downloadable resources. In the Community Battersea Roehampton Tooting Battersea Sure Start Roehampton Sure Start Tooting Early Years Team Children’s Centre Children’s Centre Smallwood Children’s Centre Katherine Low Settlement 166 Roehampton Lane Smallwood Road 108 Battersea High Street SW15 4HR Garratt Lane SW11 3HP SW17 0TW 020 7223 3509 020 8789 1967 07717 158 675 Tips on how to nurture your Chesterton Primary School West Hill child’s talking. Centre for Children & Families Children’s Centre Dagnall Street Broomhill Road SW11 5DT SW18 4HX 020 7622 1619 020 8870 9928 Speech & Language Therapy Wandsworth Integrated Children’s Centres Advice and Activities When to Seek Help • Talk about everyday activities, like putting away the shopping. This A Speech and Language Therapist has been professionally trained to helps children to connect language to the world around them. advise, diagnose and work with children who have communication diffi- culties. He or she can advise on a range of concerns: • Use objects and gestures to help your child's understanding. • Or give your child two or three alternatives: ‘Do you want teddy or the Babies car?’, ‘Is this your nose or your foot?’ • Your baby does not seem to listen • As well as repeating back what your child says, you can also start to you, enjoy sounds or respond to expanding what they say: if your child says ‘juice’ you could say ‘more them juice’, ‘juice please’ or ‘juice gone’. This shows your child how words can • Your baby has difficulty sucking, be put together, making short sentences. chewing, swallowing or biting • Looking at pictures in books together and describing what is there. • Your baby isn’t using real words by This is just as good as actually reading the story. 18 months Toddlers • Your toddler is frustrated by not being able to speak to others • Your toddler has trouble understanding what you say • Your toddler stammers • Your toddler isn’t trying to make sen- tences by two and a half years • The best way to help your child learn to talk is to talk to them in your • You have concerns about your child own language - it doesn’t have to be English. That way, your child will speaking more than one language learn to talk confidently, and will be ready to learn English when they start at nursery or school. Remember, it is always a good idea to ask • If you are at all concerned about your child’s communication develop- questions if you are uncertain about any ment share your concerns with your health visitor or ask for the speech aspect of your child’s communication de- therapist at your local children’s centre. velopment. We will be happy to speak with you, even if it is just to offer reassurance!