Can Speech and Language Therapy be Attachment and Trauma friendly?

I have been trying to understand the impact of negative early experiences on children who experience social emotional and mental health needs (SEMH), for many years. The difficulties they often have with emotion regulation, socialisation and learning are obvious. Their SLCN tends to be less recognised, of course. Over the years, I have encountered many […]

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Is this Social Emotional and Mental Health needs, bad behaviour or a communication breakdown?

Children’s behaviour can be very puzzling; why would a boy prefer to hang upside down over the chair in silence than do an assessment, or play with Lego? Why did two eleven-year olds (who can use words) have a ‘conversation’ in screeches while taking turns to scribble on a chalk board? There are often a […]

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The Power of Parents in Autism Intervention

If your role includes supporting the communication development of young children, you know that involving parents effectively is key to your success. Instead of watching the professional as she provides the therapy, parents and professionals work together so the parent can become the “therapist.” With guidance, parents learn how to help their child at home. […]

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Language disorders and bilingualism – challenging myths and prejudices

Updated recommendations The Royal College of Speech and Language therapists (RCSLT) have launched their new website. The tablet and mobile-friendly site features Clinical Guidelines, including the new Bilingualism Clinical Guidelines. Members can access the full document, which details typical bilingualism and speech, language and communication needs in the bilingual context. This brings together much of […]

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