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Can Meditation Calm Your Stress?

Stress is both a psychological and physical reaction to something that threatens our wellbeing - looming deadlines, poverty or a fight with your significant other. So, can meditation really help? Let's learn about the science.

Dad's Role in Language Development

A lot of therapy these days is geared towards supporting the maternal relationship, without considering the significant role that fathers play. Did you know? There is actually some research to suggest that we learn more of our vocabulary from our Fathers than our Mothers.

No "Hope" for Coronation Street's Troublesome Child in UK's Education System?

Fiz and Tyrone’s daughter, Hope Stape, has been portrayed as a ‘troublesome’ child recently, and must now attend an alternative provision to ‘deal with’ her behaviour. Yes, it’s fictional, but it does bring up some important real-life implications for children like Hope. Based on what we know about Hope, could Wetherfield Local Authority have approached this case differently?

I'm a Child with Autism: Get me out of here!!!

This year we have seen Anne Hegerty join the jungle! Anne received a diagnosis of Aspergers at the age of 45. We all appreciate it would be extremely difficult to go into the jungle as a person with autism, but have you ever thought about how similar the jungle is to the classroom? In this blog, we will discuss 5 ways in which Anne’s experience is similar to that of a child at school.

How Speech, Language and Communication difficulties ‘Made a Murderer’

A lot of us were heartbroken by the plight of Brendan Dassey on Netflix’s documentary series ‘Making a Murderer’. Watching season 2 of the Netflix documentary this week inspired this blog, illustrating how speech, language and communication difficulties are directly linked to Brendan being imprisoned.

A Guide to Vocabulary Teaching: Part 1

In this series of blogs we will aim to answer these questions to help you plan your vocabulary teaching. We will look at a 4 step STAR approach put forward by Blachowicz and Fisher in 2010 and utilised in the incredibly helpful book ‘Word Aware’ by Stephen Parsons and Anna Branagan.

6 easy ways to make your classroom communication friendly.

It’s that time of year when everyone is busy prepping their classroom, ready for the new term. And why not? The environments we live and work in can have a huge impact on our engagement and wellbeing. Read on for 6 tips to make your space communication friendly.

Supporting Communication Development over the Summer Holidays.

It can be difficult to think of fun and different things to do with children in the summer holidays. We have compiled a list of the best, low cost activities to keep children entertained which also have a strong communication focus. These activities can be done with all children to support their communication skills.

How Should we Support the Self-Esteem of Young Male Pupils?

Mental health difficulties in children and young people are becoming more widely identified. Teachers are being asked to support pupils with a broad spectrum of challenges with very little support from health services. According to new statistics, this is a bigger problem in young men than young women. So, what can we do to help?

Supporting Pupils with Poor Pronunciation in the Early Years

In the Early years it’s common for pupils to experience problems with pronunciation which affects their speech intelligibility. It’s hard knowing when speech sounds are normal or if there is some reason for concern. In this blog, we will cover the steps to take if you are concerned about a pupil’s speech pronunciation.

Supporting Communication in Children with Behavioural Difficulties

Actions deemed ‘behavioural’ occur as a direct result of something else, and it is our responsibility to figure out what that is and how we can support struggling pupils. Do we want to punish or rehabilitate? More often than not children who have behavioural difficulties have communication problems, impacting their understanding of language, spoken language and social skills.