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.
“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."
What does Grow Communication have to do with travel you may ask? Indeed, aside from dashing round the country to see families, the journeys I am thinking of here are personal ones. This recent testimonial made me glow with pride to be still working with families who started with us when Grow first began. What… Continue reading There for the long haul
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
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
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
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”
It's always a delight to work with a child who is really motivated to practise their speech goals both within and out with sessions. To see them trying so hard, improving week on week and responding to feedback is hugely rewarding. The role of the family is hugely important in carrying on practice outside of… Continue reading Top Tips – Speech practice for busy families