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Back to school blues

Change is inevitable and we want to empower our kids to be able to take changes in their stride feeling empowered and supported. The "back to school spot the difference" encourages kids to take a proactive approach to something that can cause a lot of anxiety.

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Our new addition at Grow Communication

“My little girl has had many people fail to see her potential and it’s changed who I am as a parent and a therapist.  I believe every child has unique interests, motivations, and strengths that need to be uncovered and recognised.  What an honour and privilege it is to really see the greatness that lies in each child and to truly experience joy as each new (communication) skill is achieved."

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When friendships and feelings are painful – using toys to explore

So who knew! Moshi monsters are a great tool to explore social relationships, friendships and emotions. As I looked through my resource cupboard one day last week to find the right materials for some SLT sessions I came across some Moshi monsters that were destined for the charity shop To my surprise when I opened… Continue reading When friendships and feelings are painful – using toys to explore

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Creative ways to learn time concepts – part 3

If you have followed part 1 and part 2 of this series on time concepts you will have had a look at some of my other ideas to teach those tricky time concepts. This week I was helping a young man who was struggling with before and after - he can follow "before" and "after"… Continue reading Creative ways to learn time concepts – part 3

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Creative ways to learn time concepts – part 2

It has always struck me that the way that we lay out calendars and diaries is really not that intuitive. Whilst it makes practical sense to use tables or a linear format - the circular (clock) way of organising these time sequences that keep on looping round feels much more intuitive. See Creative ways to… Continue reading Creative ways to learn time concepts – part 2

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Creative ways to learn time concepts – part 1

The past couple of weeks I have been having fun finding ways to teach the concept of time to kids with Developmental Language Disorder and also Autism. The language of time is commonplace but often abstract and can be challenging for working memory. Learning sequences of months and days along with songs is a good… Continue reading Creative ways to learn time concepts – part 1

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“I put the lid on and press it down till it clicks” – Masking and Autism

"I put the lid on and press it down till it clicks" This wasn't a description of closing a holiday suitcase or the lid on the biscuit tin - these were the words of an autistic young person describing how they held in their feelings of anxiety and stress and overwhelm at school. The phenomenon… Continue reading “I put the lid on and press it down till it clicks” – Masking and Autism

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When it doesn’t quite go to plan, it’s time to head out into the sunshine. The tale of a dizzy horse and a sliding giraffe”

Today was one of those days where it just wasn't happening.  It was hot, sunny and I arrived for our session only a few minutes after the young person had arrived home from an after school sports session.  My plan: a bit of assessment, a bit of focused language work.  It quickly became clear that… Continue reading When it doesn’t quite go to plan, it’s time to head out into the sunshine. The tale of a dizzy horse and a sliding giraffe”

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How can I help my non-verbal child communicate?

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?