Let’s Talk

Talking and listening to children from the moment they’re born helps them develop good language and communication skills. This enables them to listen and express themselves well and also helps them to learn and develop good relationships.

Most brain development occurs from birth to age two, so babies and toddlers need stimulation as much as they need nourishing food. The best way to stimulate babies’ brains is to talk to them more. You don’t need to be an expert to help your child, and the Let’s Talk project equips parents with the skills they need to best develop their child’s communication skills.

This is the driving idea behind our FREE Let’s Talk courses, run across the Better Start Southend areas.

  • Talking Walk-Ins (6 months – 3 years 11 months)
    Do you have concerns about your child’s speech, language or communication skills? Why not come along to our stay-and-play style Talking Walk-In, where your child can play and interact with others in a relaxed environment and you will meet with a Speech and Language Therapist for information and advice. Our friendly team can give you tips for developing your child’s language and communication skills at home and give you information about our courses for parents and children. Children should not already have been referred to Speech and Language Therapy.
  • Let’s Talk with Your Baby (6-9 months)
    A fun and active five week course for mums, dads and their babies aged between 6 – 9 months. Each week will focus on a different aspect of your child’s communication development, for example Let’s Look – making eye contact and Let’s Splash – playing together in a fun, sensory way. You’ll learn handy hints and activities that you can use at home.
  • Talking Tiddlers (12-18 Months)
    An exciting, five week course for mums, dads and their children aged between 12 – 18 months which we created in response to parent feedback from Let’s Talk with Your Baby. Each week will focus on a different aspect of your child’s communication development, for example listening, turn-taking, reading and talking together. You’ll also learn handy hints and activities that you can use at home.
  • Talking Toddlers (18-24 Months)
    A fun and interactive five week course for mums, dads and their children aged between 18 – 24 months. Each week will focus on a different aspect of your child’s language development such as learning new words and listening for sounds. You’ll also create and make a range of child-friendly resources for use at home.
  • 23-Month Birthday Party (invitation only for 23-month-olds)
    Look out for your invitation to our birthday parties for children aged 23 months. These are fun stay and play style sessions with party games where you can meet a Speech and Language Therapist and discuss your child’s language and communication skills. Your child will be offered the opportunity to complete a Wellcomm screen, a brief informal language and communication assessment to give you information about how your child’s skills are developing. You will be given a party bag and tips for developing language at home and you may be invited to our courses for parents and children under 4 years.
  • Attention ABS (under 4 years)
    Similar to Little Listeners, but for slightly younger children, Attention ABS is a five week course for parents and carers and their children. It is a fun interactive group full of activities designed to help develop your child’s attention and listening skills. Children and adults attend the groups together, which are run by a Speech & Language Therapist. You will learn lots of tips for developing your child’s looking and listening skills at home. Children should not already have been referred to Speech and Language Therapy.
  • Little Listeners (2+ years)
    Little Listeners is a five week course for parents and carers and their children. It is a fun interactive group full of activities designed to help develop your child’s attention and listening skills. Children and adults attend the groups together, which are run by a Speech & Language Therapist. You will learn lots of tips for developing your child’s looking and listening skills at home. Children should not already have been referred to Speech and Language Therapy.
  • Chatting Children (2+ years)
    A five session course for mums, dads and carers who have concerns about their children’s talking. Children and adults will attend the groups together, which will be run by a Speech & Language Therapist. It will be interactive and fun and will give plenty of ideas on how to encourage words. Children should not have already been referred to Speech & Language Therapy.
  • Super Sounds (3+ years)
    A three session course for mums, dads and carers who have concerns about their children’s speech sounds. Children and adults will attend the groups together which will be run by a Speech & Language Therapist. It will be interactive and fun and will give plenty of ideas on how to help sort out all those tricky sounds. Children should not have already been referred to Speech & Language Therapy.

 All our courses are held at various local venues. Don’t forget to book ahead.

To access these FREE courses please call 01702 356056.