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Strategies to help a child who finds making choices and coping with change difficult

Strategies to help a child who finds making choices and coping with change difficult

Use objects of reference An object of reference is as the name implies an object, which has a particular meaning associated with it. For example spoon may be the object of reference for lunch. Alongside all the other signals regarding an event, the multi- sensory approach of an object of reference is likely to be more meaningful to a child rather than a verbal explanation of a visual picture or […]

Using TalkTools in therapy

What is TalkTools? TalkTools, or Oral Placement Therapy (OPT), is one type of oral motor therapy used to help those with speech, oral placement or feeding difficulties by using a range of “tools” to provide sensory and tactile input. TalkTools teaches the placement of oral structures (lips, tongue, jaw) for producing speech to clients who cannot produce or imitate speech sounds using traditional auditory or visual input. They also cannot follow […]

Intensive Interaction – the importance of non-verbal communication.

Intensive Interaction – the importance of non-verbal communication.

We all know the importance of body language. It helps us express what we feel, even when we’re saying something different. We use it all the time, whether we realise it or not, in fact, according to non-verbal communication expert Albert Mehrabian, when we’re talking face-to-face about our feelings or attitudes, non-verbal communication accounts for 55% of our understanding. It makes sense then, that when we’re unsure about what a […]

Help your child express themselves with Intensive Interaction

Help your child express themselves with Intensive Interaction

What is PECS? PECS, or the Picture Exchange Communication System, is a low-tech aided method of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) that involves the use of cards with pictures. Children who are unable to talk or write can learn to communicate with adults using pictures instead of words. So, if a child wants a drink, for example, they will give a picture that represents ‘drink’ to an adult who will […]

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