Book Week, more than the costume!

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Book Week is coming and everyone is planning what to wear, but Book Week is not just about the costume!  Book Week is designed to celebrate the very important role books play in children’s lives. Books play a very important … Continue reading

Art Therapy 101

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Children love art but did you know that art can be more than just a fun way to fill in some time. When children work with a qualified art therapist are can be a way to improve a person’s physical, … Continue reading

Games for Travelling

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Are you travelling back from holidays with the kids, or even just stuck inside during the wet weather? Families spend lots of time in the car, whether for a day trip or on a longer adventure or just to appointments … Continue reading

Holiday language fun

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Holidays are a great time for doing fun activities with kids. Why not use these activities to develop language and literacy skills. Younger children almost seem to “forget” their literacy skills over the holiday break. Older kids can benefit from … 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

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

A Mum’s ASD tips

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At Talking Matters we believe that working in partnership with parents is the most effective way to work with children with ASD (and any other kids too). We don’t have a magic wand that we use when do therapy, rather … 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