You may be aware that there has been lots going on behind the scenes at Grow Communication, Speech and Language Therapy!! It's been busy old time and we are well on the way to becoming a fully-fledged Social Enterprise - this means that all profits from our work go back into helping those with communication… Continue reading Roots, shoots and leaves – Grow is Growing!
PODD book Two of the questions that parents ask us most frequently at Grow Communication are: “How can I help my non-verbal child to communicate?”, or “We’ve done PECS but what can we do next to keep building our autistic child’s communication?” Some families have had PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) introduced, some have not. … Continue reading How can I help my non-verbal child communicate?
Friday 22nd September is Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) awareness day. DLD is when a child or adult has difficulties talking and/or understanding language. It is a hidden disability that affects approximately two children in every classroom, affecting literacy, learning, friendships and emotional well-being. Support from professionals, including speech and language therapists and teachers, can make… Continue reading DLD and older students – unravelling the knot
It's been no secret that I have been on an amazing journey of discovery with AAC, in particular with PODD, over the past 18 months (some of you have heard me talk about it an awful lot). I've had the privilege of working with some wonderful young people and their families and the chance to… Continue reading AAC and Communication Anxiety
This week I officially got my accreditation from the National Autistic Society's Lorna Wing Centre to use the DISCO for diagnostic autism assessment. This feels like a big achievement - It has been intense!! It has involved training at the Centre, led by Dr Judith Gould and others, practise of using the assessment in the… Continue reading DISCO time
One of the most common strategies I suggest to families in my work as a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist is to "reduce questions". It's often my starting point, and applies to families supporting young people with delayed language, dysfluency, selective mutism, autism and more. Reducing questions works in many ways. It reduces communicative pressure… Continue reading Transform your questions….
I've been at the Autism Europe Congress 2016 in Edinburgh this weekend. Feeling suitably bombarded with inspiration and information and shortbread. Time to start digesting it all! The last session of the day for me had been Amanda Webster from Wollongong University on "Successful Autistic Women". It was a fascinating qualitative study with insight into the journey… Continue reading “Tell them they can do it too”
This was a much busier weekend than planned and one which left me wondering about the semantics of the word "Early". Not "Early" in relation to birds, buses, rhubarb or doors - but in relation to Intervention. I finished up my last day with the NHS on Thursday (still to be blogged about), and on… Continue reading Exactly how “Early” is “Early Intervention”?
Disclaimer: Before I start I must stress that I do encourage healthy eating but there are times when only sweeties do the trick :). LOVELY session starting Phase 1 of PECS with a little boy who just "got it" 🙂 *proud proud faces plus applause*. Our little star currently has a handful of emerging word-approximations, effective… Continue reading Sugar highs and picture exchanging (Top Tips for PECS)
https://youtu.be/UUIIUcOXTqM Ok - time for a clunky Lego animation (I do love Lego as you know and this is a big week for me so it merited my first video blog post). This week I took the plunge and handed my notice into my NHS employer so that I could go completely independent as a… Continue reading Leaving …. or starting 🙂