News

Kisses and Cuddles In Nurseries: A Touchy Subject? July 31 2013

Once again I find myself compelled and inspired to write a short piece after reading another perceptive article from Suzanne Zeedyk. Suzanne seems to have the ability to draw attention to issues that cut right through to the heart of some of the troublesome parts of the word we live in today. Her latest article is no different. Suzanne discusses the importance of adult-child touch in our nurseries. She not...

MP's Call For Baby Bonding Lessons For New Parents July 16 2013

The All Party Parliamentary Sure Start Group have released their report entitled "Best Practice For A Sure Start: The Way Forward For Children's Centres" this week. Put simply, the report recommends that new parents should receive guidance on how to build and maintain intimate and affectionate relationships with their child through early communication.As a therapist working within Children's Centres myself, I very much welcome the findings of this report. Parents...

What Would My Advice To Kate And William Be? July 14 2013

My congratulations to Kate and William on the safe arrival of their new little boy! Well done Mum! Well, my first piece of advice would be to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’... although as a mum of two myself I know that’s a very tall order when you’re expecting your first child! Never mind the fact that this baby boy just happens to be the potential future king of the...

Reviews For Our App On iTunes June 20 2013

We are getting global interest in ourFree App, people have been downloading the App and purchasing videos all over the world. Here are a some reviews we've had so far: Customer Reviews A+ *****by Ed BlundellBrilliant, why has it taken so long for someone to do this. I highly recommend it to anyone with children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews....... Grandparents Video *****by Ankle bitersBrilliant video for helping grandparents communicate with their...

Government Drops Controversial Nursery Care Plans June 06 2013

Finally .... a political u-turn that is actually good news!!! As a speech and language therapist and parent I can whole heartedly say 'Hooray! They actually listened to us!'. The deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has finally seen sense and has announced that plans to reform childcare in the UK have been scrapped. In a very misinformed and drastic bid to reduce the costs of childcare for parents in the UK the ...

How Background TV Affects Child Play & Development June 03 2013

Nina McKenzie, a Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, has been looking at the affect background TV noise has on young children's play and development."A study looked at the effects of background noise from a TV while young children were engaged in play in the same room.  50 Children, aged 1-3years, were individually exposed to 30 minutes of play with background TV and then 30 minutes without. Although the study was...

Singing To Kids Can Improve Their Speech and Language Skills May 16 2013

Sally Goddard Blythe, a consultant in neuro-developmental education and director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology has written a new book entitled The Genius of Natural Childhood in which she discusses the importance of singing to your young child to help their language development.Singing to babies and toddlers before they can speak is "an essential precursor to later educational success and emotional wellbeing" says, Blythe. "Song is a special type...

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls Talks About His Stammering May 12 2013

Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls MP, appeared on the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show on 9th May 2013 talking about his stammer (from 33m 33s) Ed has lived with his stammer all his life but has only recently looked for help in dealing with it. Until a now infamous episode of stammering in 2012 in the House of Lords, he had also not talked about it publicly. Ed discusses the...

Win Quentin Blake & Nick Sharratt Picture Books April 23 2013

To celebrate the launch of our new website we are holding a competition with our friends at Random House Children's Publishers UK To win a set of five beautiful picturebooks, including classics from Quentin Blake and Nick Sharratt, simply answer the following question:     Who did Quentin Blake famously illustrate the children's books of? A: Roald Dahl B: Enid Blyton C: JK Rowling All the correct answers will be put...

Hello & Welcome To My Website! April 21 2013

Welcome to TalkingTipsforKids!  Thanks for joining us on a very exciting stage of our work – the launch of our website!  Like all good product launches we considered several catchy marketing slogans. We could have pinched some well known ones . Nike’s ‘Just do it’ would sum up our ethos that you don’t need any special equipment to boost your child’s communication skills – just your time and words.  Or...