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 five Let’s Talk courses, run across the Better Start Southend areas.

  • Let’s Talk with Your Baby (6-9 months)
    A fun and active six 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 are trialling 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.
  • Chatting Children (2+ years)
    A free 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 free 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 534549. For more information on courses in Southend visit www.southendinfopoint.org