All About Art Therapy

~~An Introduction to art therapy by Alison McWhinnie, MA, BAAT, Reg. HCPC~~ What is art therapy? Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art materials as a primary mode of communication. There is no pressure to be good at art or have previous experience, it’s...

Speech and Language Development Series

Communication Development: Back to Basics When we talk about communication, it’s so much more than words.  Communication is any means ideas travel from person to person. We of course use words, but let’s take a look at all the other levels involved. The bottom level...

Toy Buying Top Tips

As the Christmas and the holiday season is on its way, many parents are planning gift buying early hoping to beat the rush or agonising over the best gifts for their children.  I am often asked which toys are the best toys for boosting communication, supporting...

Childhood Dysfluency: Myths and Facts

When I hear a parent ask, “My child has started stuttering/stammering; I am really worried. What should I do?”, I immediately focus on reassuring with information and advice. I focus on providing lots of helpful reassuring information with practical advice and tips....

Speech Sound Development: Ages and Stages

The development of speech sounds starts very early, even  before birth.  Babies in the womb learn to tune into voices and can even recognise their mother’s voice from birth.  They will be listening to the speech sounds of their native language from birth and...

Music and Speech & Language Development

People often ask about the link between music and speech and language development.  The answer to the question lies in neuroscience.  Research has found that both language and music are processed in the left hemisphere and more specifically, the same areas of the...