Small Talk

Simple ways to boost your child's speech and language development from birth

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This book will help you encourage and stimulate the natural stages of language development in the crucial early years. Featuring lots of practical ‘Small Talk Time’ ideas – quick, fun language games to play with your baby, toddler and preschooler – you will feel confident you know what to do to enhance your child’s communication from birth to help them reach their potential and give them the best head start for lifelong learning. After all, a parent is a child’s best teacher.

Find out:

* The one single technique you must adopt to make the most significant impact on your child’s language ability

* The truth about dummies, tongue tie, dribbling, why bottles are so bad after 12 months, baby signing and whether TV hinders your child’s language development

* About causes for concern and where to turn for help

About Nicola Lathey

Nicola Lathey is a speech and language therapist, and founder of the Owl Centre, a private clinic for children in the UK. Nicola is a member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice, the Royal Collage of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health Professional Council. She is the author of Small Talk and lives with her family in Oxford.

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Books by Nicola Lathey

Small Talk: Bedtime
Small Talk: Bedtime

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Getting the most out of story time

Getting the most out of story time

19 December 2013

By Pan Macmillan

In this extract from Small Talk, Nicola Lathey and Tracey Blake explain how reading to your child helps their development

How can you help your child to start talking?

How can you help your child to start talking?

14 June 2016

By Kasia Dudziuk

In Small Talk: Bedtime and Small Talk: At the Park see how expressions, gestures and repetition of simple first words can help early conversations to blossom, throughout baby's bathtime and nighttime routine.