One of the conclusions that the Berkow Report came to in 2008 was that early intervention for children with speech, language and communication difficulties was absolutely imperative – but quite frequently parents are not only unaware that there may be an issue until it has been flagged by a Health Visitor or indeed, what they should expect their toddler or pre-schooler’s language and communication skills to be.
At Little Signers Club we place great importance on providing communication development training by qualified Speech and Language Therapists for our teachers – this in turn means that our parents are provided with information so they know exactly what they should expect from their baby and when – for instance, at 12-15 months old, a child will generally have around 10 words, but most of these will be unclear to others outside the home.
It’s become increasingly clear to us over the last twelve months that we needed to provide classes that could build on our parents existing knowledge as well as to offer assistance for younger children who may need some extra input to reach their potential with their communication development.
With this in mind, we are thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with Smart Talkers Speech and Language Therapists and are now licensed to deliver their Teeny Talker(TM) classes in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire.
What are Teeny Talker classes?
These classes are aimed at toddlers and pre-schoolers and help to develop language skills for small people. The classes are lots of fun and we’ll be using songs, stories, functional signing and lots (and lots) of bubbles to engage children. This stage of life can be one of the most frustrating periods for little people and these classes will help you to understand how a child’s language skills develop and help to ease this frustration too. If you’ve enjoyed using baby signing or would like help your child’s language and communication skills develop, this is definitely the course for you. Devised by qualified Speech and Language Therapists, Teeny Talkers courses help young children to acquire the pre-requisite skills for developing communication such as:
- Attention & listening
- Auditory Memory
- Expressive language
- Social interaction skills
This course will also highlight key communication aims for children up to 3.5 years as well as gently encourage and develop emergent social skills and speech sounds.