Learning to manage emotions

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Understanding and managing emotions is an important part of our social development, which impacts on our ability to relate to others as well as to regulate our own behaviour. Children begin to learn about emotions very early in life. They need … Continue reading

Language for Literacy

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At Talking Matters we know learning literacy skills is crucial for school success. We also know that literacy is challenging for many of the children we support who have developmental challenges. Find out how you can support your child to … Continue reading

Why kids need play!

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Play is a vital part of learning and developing as a child.  Parents who understand the importance of play, offer their child quality, age appropriate play experiences and take time to play with their child are helping their child to … Continue reading

Raising Confident Kids

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One of the most important things we can do as a parent is raise our children to be confident. With confidence they are better equipped to deal with the challenges that life brings. We all want our kids to be confident … Continue reading

Learn while you wait

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At Talking Matters we are passionate about parents making the most of teachable moments to help children learn. For children who visit us regularly whether for therapy or because they are waiting for a sibling, time spent in the waiting … Continue reading

Superpowers at home

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Parents are the most important people in kids lives. Parents and therapists work together to help kids learn and develop which can make a real difference to kids lives. An hour or so of therapy alone can make some difference but … Continue reading

Caring for Mum

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Being a mum is a tough job, but it is even tougher when one or more of your children have special needs. It is hard for mums to take then time out to care for themselves when their child’s needs seem so important … Continue reading

Use visuals everyday

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All through April we are looking at supporting kids with ASD. Many children with ASD, and many other children as well, benefit from the use of visual supports. Using visuals everyday can help kids feel calmer and more confident.  Why … Continue reading

Social skills 20 ways!

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Most children develop social skills much like ducks learn to swim. Simply by being immersed in interactions with others they learn how to interpret messages they receive from other people and to respond appropriately. From birth most babies are hard-wired to … Continue reading

ASD FAQ

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No two children (or adults) with autism spectrum disorder are the same and individuals can vary enormously from one to another. Living and working with people with ASD is never dull. It is filled with challenges but it is also exciting working … Continue reading