Speech and Language Programmes

Talk and Play is an adapted Hanen speech and language programme for parents and children age 0-4 years. In this programme parents are supported by the SureStart Speech and Language Therapists to develop effective ways of helping their child’s communication skills.

Crèche is provided for this programme when necessary.

Tiny Talkers is a parent and child group for children 18 months to 3 years who are late talkers or if there is concern about communication skills. Running in our premises at 27 Galliagh Park, this group is delivered over a 4-week period with sessions twice weekly and a further session for the child in the Chatter Crèche.

Play and Discover is a parent and toddler group which supports families where there is a diagnosis of additional needs or concern about their child’s development.

Ready Steady Sing and Play is a 5-week programme for parents and their baby/toddler facilitated by our Speech and Language Therapist and our Play Development worker.

Each week is theme based (e.g. farm animals, transport) and looks at specific skills needed for Speech and Language development. Sessions are filled with nursery rhymes, stories, and early language activities to help children become confident communicators and active learners.

The children will use shakers and parachutes to join in with their favourite songs and rhymes.

Parents are given tips and advice about how to develop speech and language in the home and how to help their child to love books

 Baby Programme focuses on:

  • Moving and exploring
  • Eye contact
  • Paying attention
  • Singing and enjoying music.

 Toddler Programme focuses on:

  • Shared attention
  • Taking Turns
  • Reading books
  • Singing songs
  • Early language development.

Training packages in speech and language development including Elklan and Hanen for SureStart staff, teachers and other early years workers are delivered as required by the SureStart Speech Therapist.

Resources such as “Chatterpacks” are available through our Early Years Services to provide parents with resources and practical fun activities to help develop their child’s communication skills.

Speech and Language Therapist is available for individual consultation and to provide advice and support to parents regarding communication concerns.

For further information or support contact:

Speech and Language Therapist on 02871 356110