October is a busy month, in terms of awareness months! It's Selective Mutism Awareness month and so who better to invite on my very first interview than Anna Biavati-Smith who is a specialist Speech and Language Therapist and Educational Psychologist. In this week's episode, we discuss what selective mutism is and what early years practitioners can do to help children in their settings who they are yet to hear speak.
In the podcast, Anna mentions a special study day for SLTs and Education Staff on Selective Mutism that is happening in Edinburgh on 2 November 2017. FOr further info, follow this link
And here are some wonderful resources for staff and families working with Selective Mutism:
Books for Kids:
SM Support groups and organisations:
• Selective Mutism Information and Research Association (SMIRA UK)
Phone: 0800 2289765
• Scottish SM Group
Facebook: Scottish Selective Mutism Group (SSMG)
• ISPEAK (for SM Adults)
Welcome back to my Podcast: Creating Confident Communicators in the Early Years, brought to you by Catherine from Wise Old Owl SLT.com
This week has been Mental Health Awareness Day. Listen to my podcast to hear about how and why early language development is a predictor of mental health difficulties later in life.
In the podcast I refer to resources as follows:
The new (September 2017) paper on why language development should be a public health issue:
Save the Children (2012) Thrive at five: Comparative child development at school-entry. Save the Children.
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Welcome to my brand new Podcast: Creating Confident Communicators in the Early Years, brought to you by Catherine from Wise Old Owl SLT.com
I had no problem picking the first topic for my podcast which launches today 22 September 2017 because it is DLD Awareness Day. Listen to my podcast to hear about the important change in terminology and what DLD actually is!
In the podcast I refer to several resources as follows:
RADLD’s video explaining the Delphi Process of Consensus can be found here
ICAN, the Communication Charity’s useful handout on DLD is here
RADLD’s Awareness campaign video DLD123 is here
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Word Steps SLT has written about learning new vocabulary
Speech Blog UK has written about strategies for school and for home
Jude Philip has written about receiving a later diagnosis of DLD
Lucy Sanctuary has written about DLD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder
And Mable Therapy has produced a fantastic infogram about identification, referral and strategies:
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