Speaking parts for non-speaking kids

Sheep 3: “There it is” That’s just made our Christmas! So chuffed the teachers trusted her to have a speaking part. (Actually – it was Sheep 2: “Where is the star” *pause* *pause* *finger-twist* *pause* *pause* Sheep 3: “There it is” Next year’s nativity, I think the lesson learnt is to practice listening to theContinue reading “Speaking parts for non-speaking kids”

Language disorders at primary age

Squid has done marvellously well. ‘Just outside the range of normal’ for understanding, grammar and language. Her NHS speech therapist wants to move her onto only speech sound targets for the next block. Apart from ‘just outside the range of normal’ means that on every test they administer she scores between 5% and 10% lessContinue reading “Language disorders at primary age”

Speech therapy without words

Squid doesn’t talk; her brother doesn’t listen. I suspect they are showing sides of the same traits – somehow those brain connections that register words seem to form more slowly and be more fragile than the average. I found an interesting article by Nina Kraus In Nature Neuroscience Reviews studying the effect of music training onContinue reading “Speech therapy without words”