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Many online providers and organisations are currently offering resources for free to help parents to support their children’s speech and language development at home. Please use the links below to access these external resources

Blacksheep Press

Blacksheep press are currently offering a few resources for free (Use code CV19BS at checkout).  The bundle includes resources to support children in their production and modelling of initial /t/, initial /s/ and /s/ clusters and an inferencing exercise.

Blacksheep press also have many other resources for children with speech sound difficulties and for language difficulties, which can all be downloaded from their website (charges apply)

External web link - https://www.blacksheeppress.co.uk/product/free-resources/

Just One Norfolk Communication Quiz

Just One Norfolk, in collaboration with East Coast Community Healthcare Speech and Language Therapists, have recently launched their parent self-help communication quiz. The quiz asks for some general information about your child’s communication development, and then suggests ways to help your child to develop their communication. It includes lots of lovely activities, with videos to demonstrate. 

External web link - https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/childhood-development-additional-needs/talk-play

Speechlink

Speechlink have recently launched their parent portal and are offering free access at the present time.

There are lots of lovely activity ideas for a range of speech and language difficulties, including online games for discriminating sounds, and other listening games and lots of language games and activities (concepts, following instructions, negatives, pronouns, verb tenses, vocab etc.)

External web link - https://speechandlanguage.info/parents

Twinkl

Twinkl are offering the teachers and parents of children in schools which are closed free access to all Twinkl resources for a period of one month in the first instance.

Twinkl has a wide range of activities for all aspects of children’s learning. This includes some lovely activity ideas for supporting children’s speech and language development.

External web link - https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search

PECS

PECS are offering some free resources on their website, including videos for using PECS and activities to try with your children

External web link - https://pecs-unitedkingdom.com/support-at-home/

Usborne Children’s Books

Usborne have uploaded lots of resources to their ‘Play and Learn at home’ section of their website, suitable for babies right through to 11 year olds.

External web link - https://usborne.com/play-and-learn-at-home/

NSPCC

The NSPCC have put together some advice for parents on how to support children with their worries and anxieties about COVID19, including some top tips for talking about their worries, how structure and routine can help, and giving children a sense of control.

External web link - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/depression-anxiety-mental-health/

Thinking Talking

All of the games listed either require no resources, pen and paper, free online resources or they have provided what you need. The games are simple and quick to do, and you can include the whole family.

External web link - http://thinkingtalking.co.uk/free-resources-schools-families/

Lift Lessons

Lift Lessons is an online resource which uses short animated films to teach science vocabulary. This site is just about to launch, and they are offering free access to school staff between now and September to anyone who signs up in April. 

External web link - https://liftlessons.co/home

Lift Lessons (home pack)

Lift Lessons have also created a home pack which launches on April 1st, which is free to parents.

External web link - https://practice.liftlessons.co/shop/lift_home_paid

NCHC/ Starfish - Introduction + Limited Choice:

Norfolk Community Health & Care (NCHC)/Starfish

Starfish have put some YouTube clips for parents. Some examples include:

- Introduction + Limited Choice:

External web link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PTikC3otiU&list=PLf3tRCIicI6nitvmxH9mnbbYF_SJVIPHb

NCHC/ Starfish - Consistency, Structure & Routine

Norfolk Community Health & Care (NCHC)/Starfish

Starfish have put some YouTube clips for parents. Some examples include:

- Consistency, Structure & Routine

External web link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBE7ml68lEQ&list=PLf3tRCIicI6nitvmxH9mnbbYF_SJVIPHb&index=2

NCHC/ Starfish - Limited Communication

Norfolk Community Health & Care (NCHC)/Starfish

Starfish have put some YouTube clips for parents. Some examples include:

- NCHC/ Starfish - Limited Communication

External web link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDD829If-i4&list=PLf3tRCIicI6nitvmxH9mnbbYF_SJVIPHb&index=3

EHCP update for Norfolk

Norfolk County Council have updated their procedure for EHC plans during the current situation.  There is also some other useful information about the effect of coronavirus on EHC plans.

External web link - https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/children-and-families/send-local-offer/support-for-learning/education-health-and-care-ehc-plans/affect-of-coronavirus-on-ehc-plans

Nasen webcasts for Early Years Practitioners

A total of 20 different webcasts covering topics such as early identification, role of the key person, graduated approach and much more.  To access these free Early Years webcasts you must be signed up as a Nasen member. Bronze level membership is free

External web link - https://nasen.org.uk/training-and-cpd/early-years/ey-webcasts.html

Little Discoverers (West Norfolk School for Parents)

Little Discoverers (West Norfolk School for Parents) is part of a network for children with movement difficulties and delayed development and their carers. The website aims to give further information on who they are and what they can do to help. If you would like to speak to a member of the team, please call 07805 427044.

External web link - https://www.littlediscoverers.co.uk

nansa

School for Parents uses a holistic approach to developing the abilities of pre-school children who have delayed development or motor learning difficulties. Specially trained staff are dedicated to helping parents and carers learn essential techniques that support their child’s physical, social and cognitive development.

For information on accessing this service, please contact the Family Services team by calling 01603 414109 or email referrals@nansa.org.uk

External web link - http://www.nansa.org.uk/
 
If you would like further advice or support on which activities may be suitable for your child, please call our parent advice line. The advice line is open for parents and professionals: Mondays to Fridays 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. on 01502 719830. This is currently for both general and child specific enquiries.

Useful Links

Access Through Technology

a small specialist teaching team who support children in Norfolk with severe and complex communication technology needs

External web link - http://www.schools.norfolk.gov.uk/Pupil-needs/Access-Through-Technology/NCC145274

Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)

includes directory of speech and language therapists

External web link - https://www.helpwithtalking.com/Default.aspx

British Stammering Association

help and information on stammering

External web link - https://www.stammering.org/help-information

Communication Matters

communications charity

External web link - https://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/

Family Voice

a parent carer forum for Norfolk, working with (not for) the local authority, health and social services to improve services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families.

External web link - https://www.familyvoice.org.uk/

I CAN

children's communication charity

External web link - https://www.ican.org.uk/

Just One Norfolk

The ‘go to’ health website for Norfolk. Information and support for parents and carers of children age 0-19 years

External web link - https://www.justonenorfolk.nhs.uk/

Library services across Norfolk

Information about library services across Norfolk. Information about groups and activities that you can access for your child.

External web link - https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries-local-history-and-archives/libraries/library-services

Norfolk Local Offer

Details of all Norfolk services for children with Special Educational Needs

External web link - https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/children-and-families/send-local-offer

Norfolk SEND Newsletters

Links to a range of Norfolk SEND newsletters

External web link - https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/children-and-families/send-local-offer/about-the-local-offer/news-views-and-reviews/news/newsletters

Norfolk SEND Partnership

provides free and impartial information, advice and support about special educational needs & disabilities (SEND) for children, young people, parents and carers.

External web link - https://www.norfolksendpartnershipiass.org.uk/

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

the professional body for people working in or studying speech and language therapy in the UK

External web link - https://www.rcslt.org/

Suffolk local offer

Details of all Suffolk services for children with special educational needs

External web link - https://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/kb5/suffolk/infolink/localoffer.page

Suffolk Parent Carer Network

a voluntary organisation of parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs and/or disabilities in Suffolk who aim to be a voice to inform service providers of the needs of disabled children, young people and their families.

External web link - https://spcn.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are/

Small Talk

Top tips on supporting your child’s communication development through chat, play and reading.

External web link - https://small-talk.org.uk/

Suffolk SEND Information and Advice Service

A confidential and impartial information, advice and support service on issues related to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

External web link - https://www.suffolksendiass.co.uk/

The Communication Trust

supporting those who work with children and young people with SLCN

External web link - https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/

The Communication Trust - resources for practitioners

The Communication Trust - resources for practitioners

External web link - https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/resources/resources/resources-for-practitioners/

The Early Childhood and Family Service (ECFS)

The Early Childhood and Family Service (ECFS), offers support to 0-5-year-olds and their families in Norfolk. Find information about support and groups in your area

External web link - https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/children-and-families/early-childhood-and-family-service