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When you improve a child's language, you improve their life chances!

That's why we launched the Get Worcestershire Talking campaign in 2014. We believe that if we are going to give children the best chance to learn, achieve and contribute then everyone needs to work together. Communication is
everyone's business. 

The Get Worcestershire Talking Campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of communication and equip everyone with the knowledge and skills they need to support children. Like us on Facebook; Follow us on Twitter; get involved with our competitions. Let's Get Worcestershire Talking!

9th November - 9th December was We Need To Talk Month

During this month we encouraged everyone to take time to talk, listen and play with children. We focused on four different themes and the resources to support them are below: 

All children deserve an equal chance to succeed in life. Children who communicate better, learn better; they make friends more easily and they feel more positive about themselves and so the campaign to
Get Worcestershire Talking campaign goes on!

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The Importance of Play
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The Power of Words

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All behaviour is communication

During the month long campaign we focused on different age groups, launching a new campaign posters each week. 

The campaign aimed to increase awareness of the importance of face to face communication.  We will be encouraging everyone to take time to talk, listen and play with children.  

Our weekly tips focused on quality interaction time, play, vocabulary skills and the link between communication and social/emotional development.  There is advice for the good use of technology to support children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.

The month long campaign ended with a presentation on the 9th December at The University of Worcester arena. To view the presentation click here.   

We have posted all of our advice and links to resources throughout the campaign on this page. 

Week 4 - All behaviour is communication



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Did you know that two out of every three 7 - 14 year olds with severe behaviour difficulties has a language difficulty?

Children and young people with communication difficulties can experience confusion, frustration, isolation and low self-esteem and all of these emotions can impact on their behaviour.  

Our campaign this week will be focusing on ways to identify underlying SLCN and provide appropriate support to help children achieve their potential



Impact of SLCN
It's not just about talking! The impact of SLCN can be wide ranging and life changing. Find out more about the impact here
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Here is a bookmark
with our top 5 steps to teaching children about emotions!

Specific praise

Giving specific praise is easier said than done but here is a simple formula for doing it:
Firstly, notice - and comment on - a behaviour that you like.
Secondly, give it a positive label. e.g. 'you tidied your toys!' (behaviour) 'that was so helpful!' (label) 

When you do this you not only give them lots of feedback about what behaviour you want them to repeat but you also build up their self-esteem with all those positive labels about themselves

Here are our top tips for teaching children social skills:
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Week 3 - Focus on Vocabulary



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This week we are focusing on the power of words!

 Children's vocabulary when they start school has been shown to be a powerful predictor of academic success. Words really do unlock opportunities for children and the good news is that the best way for children to learn words is to hear words!

We will be sharing ideas and resources for vocabulary all this week so keep visiting this page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for some great ideas to support children  



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The more links you have to a word, the more
likely you are to understand it, remember it 
and use it! Help children make links with our
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Saying a word lots of times is a really good way to help children remember it and this is a great way of making saying it lots of times FUN!

Say it
I can hear you now

To learn words you have to hear words.
How easy is it for children to hear words clearly nowadays? Click the link above to find out!

Here are our top tips for teaching children new vocabulary:
Vocab tips

Week 2  Focus on Play 


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This week we are focusing on play. Play is fun of course but play is also children's work. It is how they learn!

Through play children learn about the world around them. They learn about cause and effect and how the world works. Most importantly play lets children take charge and influence their environment through their actions and also their words.

It can be tempting to think children are 'just playing' and feel we ought to move them on to something more 'educational' but there is no need to worry - time spent playing is well spent!

NHS Choices have some great play advice for parents here.


Steps to leading play

Grown ups will always be better at knowing
how to use toys than children are but when
we take charge of their play we deprive them
of the opportunity to learn for themselves.
Here is a handy guide from Worcestershire 's very own Language for Learning to help you
let children lead the play 



Children are born with the ability to play but as they develop them learn to enjoy different types of play. These are stages we build on rather than pass through. Older children - and adults - still show all types of play!Here is a guide to stages of play, what children learn from them and our favourite toys to support each stage:

Stages of Play

If Speech and Language Therapist's could write children's Christmas Lists what would they look like?

There are lots of lovely communication friendly toys and books out there and the good news is that they don't have to be expensive. Lots of toys they already have can help them develop communication skills from click clack tracks which can help them to listen and wait to rhyming books which can help them get ready to read.

If you are looking for a toy for a pre-school child or trying to think of a present for a grandparent to buy this Christmas then check out our guide and find out what Speech and Language Therapists put in their shopping baskets!


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What a great idea! Rules for grown ups to stick to when they play!
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Week 1 Focus on Listening


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This week we are focusing on developing listening skills. Babies need a chance to hear people talking against a background of silence if they are going to learn to listen well. If you are not watching it, turn it off is a great rule!


Do you have children?
Do you work with children?

Background noise can make it really hard for children to hear you, copy you and learn from you. Take 30 seconds to experience it for yourself by clicking below:

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  Download resources for week one of the #weneedtotalk campaign below:

All children are more affected by background noise than adults are. We can screen it out but they can't. Turn it off or turn it down and help your child to listen to you, copy you and talk to you. Click on the leaflet to download our ideas for getting the right balance with toddlers and technology 



Positive use of technology

 Technology is great but so is talking!

Here are our top ten ideas for using your iPad (or tablet or smartphone!) to support children and young people's communication. #weneedtotalk

Communication Friendly iPad ideas

This week we are thinking about supporting children to develop their listening skills.

Being able to listen to another person, focus on what they are saying and wait for a turn are really important skills for school and there are lots of things that parents can do in the pre-school years to help children develop these.

Click on the leaflet to download some ideas!


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