Practical Advice for Parents to
support communication- KS2
By Belinda Miranda
Mani Maan
SOS
for communication
difficulties
7 Signs Of Speech,
language and
communication
difficulties to look out
for in children
“My child can find
it difficult to say
what they want or
to understand
people.”
“My child doesn’t
talk as much as
children of the
same age.”
“My child seems to
get stuck on some
words.”
“People find
it difficult to
understand what
my child is
saying.”
“My child gets
teased about the
way they talk.”
“My child finds it
difficult to talk to
other children and
make friends.”
“My child’s voice
sounds strange.”
20% of the
population may
experience
difficulties in
communication at
some point in their
lives.
Problems with speech
and language imprison
the individual and
severely limit their
participation in family
life, the community,
education & the world of
work.
Parents, School staff
and Speech and
language therapists
enable students to
develop
communication skills.
What is involved in
communication?
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Look
Listen and concentrate
Hear
Remember/memory
Understand
Decide
Choose vocabulary
Putting words in a sentence
Coordinating articulators
Fluency
Gestures
How can I promote
my child’s attention
& listening skills?
Focus your child’s attention
e.g.
‘Zara....listen...’
• Reduce background noise
and distractions where
possible
• Remember to use an appropriate level of
language
Mother –
Before coming down
stairs, make sure you
make your bed and tidy
your room!
• Use pictures, objects & real situations to
reinforce language
• Work for short periods of time
• Take turns
• Give praise and reinforce appropriate
listening and attention
Strategies to Support Expressive
Language skills-Talking
Describe it!
Function
Category
Descriptor Chart
Ask me questions!!!!
How can I help my child
with their understanding
of spoken language?
• Continue to develop your child’s home
language as well as new languages
• Please listen to my instructions:
Stand up
Turn around
Touch your toes
Scratch your head
Sit down
Clap 5 times
My shopping list:
1L extra virgin olive oil
A bunch of bananas
500g of lean lamb mince
Loaf of brown bread
2 tins of baked beans
12 rolls of toilet paper
3 x 4 pints of full fat milk
My shopping list:
1L extra virgin olive oil
A bunch of bananas
500g of lean lamb mince
Loaf of brown bread
2 tins of baked beans
12 rolls of toilet paper
3 x 4 pints of full fat milk
• Encourage your child to tell you when
she/he doesn’t understand
• Emphasise key words by using slight
stress and use appropriate non-verbal
cues
How to learn new words…
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Practical Advice for Parents to support communication