Creating Confident Communicators in the Early Years
Podcast Episode 3: Understanding Selective Mutism: An interview with Anna Biavati-Smith 20/10/2017

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:

  • Can’t Talk, Want to Talk! Jo Levett (2014). Milton Keynes: Speechmark Publishing
  • My Friend Daniel Doesn’t Talk Sharon L Longo. (2006) Milton Keynes: Speechmark Publishing (ages 4-8)
  • Penguin Polly Dunbar (2007) London: Walker Books (ages 3-5 but adults love it too!)
  • Lamb says Boo! Katherine Sully (2012) Marlborough USA: Greenbrier Publishing (ages 3-5)
  • Medina Hill Trilby Kent (2009) Tundra Books/Random House, a novel featuring an 11-year-old boy with selective mutism (ages 10-14)
  •  I’m Shy, (1998), Bryant-Mole K.
  •  I feel sad, (1993) Moses B.
  • I’m Worried, (1999) Moses B.
  • When I feel good about myself (2003) Spelman C.M, Albert Whitman &  Company.


SM Support groups and organisations:
•           Selective Mutism Information and Research Association (SMIRA UK)
Phone: 0800 2289765
www.smira.org.uk
Facebook: SMIRA


•           Scottish SM Group
Facebook: Scottish Selective Mutism Group (SSMG)


•           ISPEAK (for SM Adults)
www.ispeak.org.uk 
 

 

 
Podcast Episode 2: Early Language Development as an indicator of well-being  13/10/2017

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.

Show notes!


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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Podcast Episode 1: Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day 22/09/2017

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: