I’ve spent a lot of time blogging about my sons struggles with speech and language, but what I haven’t yet mentioned is that my youngest daughter, aged 3, also has speech and language issues. Having two children with communication difficulties can make life very challenging so when I can (a children’s communication charity) contacted me to ask if I would like to review a couple of their items, I was more than happy to oblige.
I can very kindly sent me an activity book which has different games and ideas to help develop children’s speech and language in a fun and exciting way. They also sent me a DVD full of information about how children learn to talk and tips on how to help further a child’s speech development. Children with speech delays often require extra help in order to catch up with their peers and us parents can be left feeling a little overwhelmed. That’s when some extra help can come in handy, whether that be in the form of a speech and language professional, or in the form of a DVD or activity book.
We had the opportunity to try out some of the games and activities from the Ready Steady Talk book during the half term break and the first thing I noticed when I opened the book was how child friendly it is. The kids loved looking at the colourful but simple pages, even my son Harry who has autism and is only usually interested in Thomas The Tank Engine or number books. There were some activities that Harry refused to join in with but there were also some he really loved and Lexie (my just turned 3 year old) enjoyed the majority of the activities too. There were a couple of games that were a little above my childrens level of understanding but that’s where this book is so great. For younger children, or even children who struggle with language as well as speech, there are plenty of activities to help develop listening and attention skills and even gross motor skills.
Once attention and listening skills have improved you can always go back and try the more complicated activities at a later date. I was really impressed with this book and at only £5.99 I would definately recommend it, not only to parents with children with speech and language difficulties but to parents with young children in general.
Admittedly the DVD wasn’t quite as much as fun as the Ready Steady Talk book but it is full of really useful information about why it’s so important to talk to children even from birth and there is also a section where families talk about their own difficulties they’ve faced with speech and language and what they did to improve things.
The DVD is layed out into different sections so you don’t need to watch it all at once and each section is clearly titled so you can just watch the sections that apply to you and skip the rest if you prefer.
The DVD pack also comes with posters that outline where a child is expected to be at a certain age with simple tips to help with next steps.
After having had two of my children in speech therapy, most of the information on this DVD is already pretty familiar to me so although it would be useful to any parent or carer of young children, I would particulary recommend it to those awaiting speech therapy because this DVD tells you everything a speech therapist will. Unfortunately, more often than not, initial speech therapy appointments can take months to come through. Both of my children waited six months to be seen and I really wish I’d known about this DVD then as I could have been putting in the ground work while we waited.
The DVD is currently up for grabs on a half price offer of just £5 so get it now while you can. Even at its full price of £9.99 though, it’s totally worth it. It’s basically speech therapy wrapped up in a DVD.
These are just two of many items from Ican. You can view the full range HERE
I’ve recently purchased the Early Talkers box set for £19.99 which just like the other resources, is aimed at children aged between 0-5 years old and with having a 1 year old, a 3 year old and a 4 year old in the house, I’m sure we’ll get plenty of use out of all three sets.
Although I was sent some of these items in exchange for a review, all opinions are truthful and completely my own.
This post is linked up with: