Useful Links

This excellent resource made by the BBC has loads to explore. There are tips and advice, videos to watch and a new activity to try each month with your child all of which are broken down into age ranges.

This website is made by the National Literacy Trust and has lots of great ideas for supporting the language development for children under 5

This is the government’s website which gives helpful suggestions for all parents to try with their children. It is broken down into age ranges and you can find ideas, activities and videos to watch about each age group.

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Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to help people communicate. With Makaton, signs are used to provide extra clues about what someone is saying. Visit the Makaton YouTube Channel for videos and activities including a new “sign of the week” to learn each week.

Tàta Storytime is a new online kids’ show on YouTube where actors read picture books set in different countries and celebrating different cultures, with Authors from African, Caribbean & African American heritage. These stories are entertaining and could be a good talking point. Aimed at Pre-school to 8 year olds.

The Oak National Academy provides a bank of video lessons to support parents and teachers with home learning. They include a range of subjects, including a section for children in the early years. There is also specialist subjects including Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.

The Garden School is a Special School in Hackney.  They have created some fantastic videos of sensory activities, attention autism ideas, exercise videos and much more! Check out their  YouTube Channel.

This website lists a range of free apps to support with communication. There are good apps for especially for developing cause and effect skills who have not developed verbal language (i.e. learning that if you do something, something else will happen).

Visuals2Go is a free app that allows you to create and customise your own visuals to support your child. You can print your visuals off on a range of different templates. You could use this to make your own now and next board, visual timetables, flash cards etc.

Nordoff Robbins are a music therapy charity.  Enjoy watching their fun, short songs and join in by using objects from around the home to make music!

The STAMMA website provides information about stammering and also the views of parents of children who stammer on what has helped them.

The National Deaf Children’s Society is supporting deaf children and young people (ages 8-18) to keep in touch and make new friends through their pen pals service.   Once matched with another young person, they will be able to share videos in BSL or write letters to each other, providing opportunities to ask each other questions and create new friendships