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Useful websites and videos

Please look around to see other websites with specific information and guidance on various topics related to speech, language and communication.

General information

ICAN – Talking Point
I CAN is the children’s communication charity. Access speech, language and communication factsheets for parents here.

Words for Life 

Words for Life is the National Literacy Trust’s website for parents. It gives information on communication milestones and  ideas for fun activities to support communication development.

Small Talk
A website from the National Literacy Trust and Department for Education to support parent to chat, play and read with their child at home.

Welsh Government – Parenting. Give it time
A website developed by the Welsh Government offering practical parenting information, tips and activities.

Mr Tumble
Using a sign language called Makaton, Justin and Mr Tumble help children learn how to communicate and develop language skills in a fun and exciting way.

Playful Childhoods / Plentyndod Chwareus
A Welsh Assembly Government campaign on supporting play development.

Tiny Happy People
A one-stop shop for evidence based information and advice for families about communication.

The Hanen Centre
Helpful information for parents and professional.

Understood
A website with advice and resources to support children who learn and think differently.

Afasic Cymru
A parent-led organisation to help children and young people with speech and language impairments and their families. Website includes information, advice and resources.

Specific Areas of Interest

British Stammering Association
British Stammering Association (known as Stamma since 2019) provides information, resources and support to children, adults, families and professionals.

The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering
The Michael Palin Centre is a specialist centre providing assessment and therapy services for children and adults who stammer or stutter. The website also has useful information and resources.

National Autistic Society
The leading UK charity for autistic people and their families.

North Wales Integrated Autism Service
Local support for children and adults with autism.

Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA)
CLAPA is the only UK-wide voluntary organisation specifically helping those with, and affected by, cleft lip and palate.

National Deaf Children’s Society
Dedicated to Providing Support, Information and Advice for Deaf Children and Young People.

Down’s Syndrome Association
Information, resources and support for children and adults with Down’s Syndrome.

Makaton
Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate.

RADLD
Raising awareness of Developmental Language Disorder. Here you will find resources that explain what DLD is, the impact it can have, how to get help and how to raise awareness.

DLD and Me
A website for children and teenager to learn about Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and to share how they’ve told others. 

Selective Mutism Information and Research Association (SMIRA)
A website supporting children and young adults with Selective Mutism.

Dyspraxia Foundation
Information for parents and professionals on how to support children with dyspraxia.

Videos

Top Tips for Speech and Language Development in Under 5s

Supporting the Development of Speech Sounds

Early Speech Sounds
A video explaining what the early speech sounds are, how they are produced and activities to do to practice speech sounds.

Supporting Speech Sounds at Home
A video explaining strategies on how to support a child’s speech sounds development at home.

Scaffolding
Scaffolding is a way to support children development from using simple language to more complicated language. Here is a video by the Communication Trust about how to scaffold children’s language at different stages of development

Communication Friendly Environments
Creating communication friendly environments supports children’s communication skills. See the videos below for more tips on creating communication friendly environments.

Communication Friendly Environments
Visual Support

Gina Davies Autism Centre
This channel includes presentations and ideas and activities on how to incorporate strategies form an intervention approach called Attention Autism. Examples of videos:

Stages 1 and 2- This one is ‘Fun at Home!’
How to be the ‘supporting adult’

Centre for Autism
Helpful videos explaining how to support skills and implement strategies such as reward systems, dealing with change, encouraging turn taking and many more.

Using AAC
Some helpful tips if your child uses a communication device or alternative augmentative communication.

Why people need to model on the child’s device
Example of modelling on Core board during an activity

May I Join You?
May I Join You is an approach where social communication is encouraged through play. It recommends play strategies to help adults find ways to join a child’s play, interest and enjoyment. This video explain communication development and the difficulties some children have, and gives strategies on how to help.