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Smart Talkers · 2W ago

How should we interact with a child with SM in early years and primary?

Look out for one on secondary coming soon based upon our survey of young people which will be in the Royal College of SLTs Bulletin soon. We have more short videos and how-to's in the paren...
Smart Talkers · 3W ago

Can Sleep Loss Affect Children's Ability to Process Speech?

Guest blog from Sarah Cummings The impact of sleep deprivation in the cognitive performance of adults is a well-researched field. And rightly so. Unfortunately, conducting the same resear...
Smart Talkers · 3W ago

Communication problems are no laughing matter!

I went to  play at the weekend. It was well directed, superbly acted and every bit as funny as had been advertised: Talking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn.  The blurb had described: 'When tongue-t...
Smart Talkers · 3W ago

What does it feel like to have Selective Mutism? How you could start a discussion with your child

Guest blog post by Clair Maskell As an ex nursery nurse, I had done various special needs courses and Selective Mutism was only briefly discussed. I had not encountered it within my 11 ye...
Smart Talkers · 4W ago

Some children thrive from whole word recognition but some of our children need targeted intervention

Guest blog from Georgina Smith, Dyslexia Expert Over the years of assessing and teaching I so often see students of all ages who have  ‘gone under the radar’ as they appear to be s...
Smart Talkers · 1M ago

My child talks well, why does he need a speech and language therapist?

(Guest blogpost) It’s not about the talking, it’s about the social interaction. My son is 10, he has the vocabulary and speech an adult would be happy with but (and I can hear you wait...
Smart Talkers · 1M ago

You’re not listening’ were the words that seemed to be repeated over and over as my daughter sat, patiently, not quite understanding what was required of her from the specialist audiology department at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Guest blog by Shelley Ensor: If I had heard it once, I had heard it a thousand times.  My daughter WAS listening. Listening harder and more intently than anyone else in the quiet testing ...
Smart Talkers · 1M ago

'Auditory processing disorder': a real condition or another middle class excuse for a child who isn't achieving?

What is Auditory Processing Disorder?  I overheard an older teacher on the train last week say that they were 'fed up these days of hearing about these modern excuses for little Hect...
Smart Talkers · 1M ago

I couldn't possibly go to University at my age... Why you shouldn't be afraid to become a mature speech and language therapy student.

Going to University as a mature student is a big decision to make. It has financial and time implications and could also impact on friends and family.  It is daunting to face studying and re...
Smart Talkers · 2M ago

Assessing the SLCN of a child with PDA

When I did the PDA webinar for the PDA Society recently (to listen click here), a SLT asked me for tips for assessing a  child with PDA. I said that they usually weren't too bad for initial ...