Norwood’s video free video guides and tutorials

Norwood’s expert councillors and therapists have made a number of helpful videos that can offer support and advice even when you can’t get to a Norwood centre.

Speech and Language Therapy Tips

This video from our Children and Families Services shares different ideas about activities that you can use at home to support your child’s language development.

You will hear about how to use activities and resources such as books, cars, peek-a-boo, singing, stacking, and bubbles. You will find strategies and approaches such as demonstrating, commenting, labelling, sentence completion, parallel talk, choice giving and input modelling.

All these ideas will support you to help your child develop skills such as category knowledge, naming vocabulary, turn-taking, story-telling, waiting, concepts – and a whole lot more!

Speech and language therapy

Take notice of and then try to copy/use some of the strategies the speech and language therapist uses during her session…

• Repeating what child says – and sometimes adding a few words to what the child says
• Purposeful waiting – paying attention to the child and the activity in silence
• No questions – lots of commenting and narrating on events
• Uncomplicated language – using single words and short phrases
• Repetition of same words/phrases
• Labelling items – giving the child the vocabulary they need
• Specific praise – naming what was done well
• Working at child’s pace
• Modelling first and then giving the child opportunity for more independence and following their lead
• Intentional eye contact and fully engaged with child in the activity
• Offering starter sounds or words and then leaving a gap so child can ‘fill’ or ‘complete’ the word/phrase
• Over the top facial expressions and a voice that matches the facial expressions
• Never any demand for child to repeat back her sentences or say things again – all happens naturally
• Clear sequence of events flagged by words such as ‘first, next, finished, tidy up