COVID-19 Support... How to support SLCN at home
It can be a challenge to know how to support your children at home if they would normally have access to bespoke support in school to help develop their Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
If at any time you have any questions about how best to support your child (especially if they are normally seen by a Speech and Language therapist in school) then do not hesitate to ask for help at:
Here are a range of resources and ideas to help at home:
Afasic resources for home: https://www.afasic.org.uk/resources/free-downloads/schools-and-learning/
Visual 'Boredom Busters:
Information and resources from Sheffield NHS Trust for children with additional needs:
Ideas to support communication and language development at home:
Practical tips to encourage development in commmunication at home:
This website lists lots of organisations which will help you to support your children's speech and/or language needs. In particular it has a great list of useful Apps. These Apps have been recommended by specialists in the field of speech, language and communication and so are reputable to support your child's development.
Apps to help at home:
Articulation Station: Fun little app providing a range of colourful, engaging pictures for motivating and stimulating children who are working on developing their speech sounds. Ideal for practicing at home.
100 Words for Babies & Toddlers: Perfect for introducing your child to new words. This is a speech and vocabulary learning game for pre-school aged children between 6 months and 4 years old. Colourful animations keep little ones entertained.
Splingo’s Language Universe: Reviewed in the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Bulletin magazine; 4 Star Rating “This app is a fun, interactive way of working on comprehension language targets”. Can be used with children aged 6 to 11 with auditory memory and semantic difficulties.
ABC Alphabet Phonics: ABC Alphabet Phonics is a simple, colourful app. It is good for helping children who are struggling with letter name identification practice. Pictures and sounds can be personalised too!
Baby Sign & Learn: Help your baby communicate by teaching him/her baby sign language. The Baby Sign and Learn animated characters make learning to sign with your baby or toddler lots of fun.
iTouch iLearn Words Speech & Language Skills: There’s lots of educational content within this app. Children can complete different lessons and games in order to learn different words and songs. The app is easy enough for little ones to use.
Speech With Milo: Sequencing: We really like this app, it’s so effective. Learning to recognise sequences is one thing, but figuring out how to arrange them into stories is another. Combines familiar sequencing exercises with fun animations to help your little ones get their imagination in order.
Speech with Milo: Prepositions Speech with Milo: Prepositions was created as a fun and entertaining speech therapy tool for children. Milo is ideal for parents wanting to teach their children key language skills. It can be used for toddlers and pre-schoolers, as well as children with language delays.
Super Duper Apps: Super Duper have designed a number of free apps for educating and helping children across all aspects of speech, language and communication development. Have a look, there’s lot’s to choose from!
Please also have a look at the resources below for more practical ideas on how to help your child at home: