1). How to improve your child's listening skills and their awareness of sounds.
This fun session encourages the child to listen to and recognize some sounds. Claire starts to introduce the names of some of the instruments and the sounds they make. She then goes on to encourage children to copy some early speech sounds. This is a brilliant way of encouraging your preschooler to start playing with sounds and then lead on to speech.
2). The importance of turn-taking and how to encourage this skill.
Another fundamental skill for interacting with other people. Our turn taking session show the two Claires playing a turn-taking game with a ball, and building a tower which then crashes down!
3). The art of looking. Why eye-contact is so important and how to improve your child's eye-contact.
Our next lesson focuses on the importance of eye contact and why this is a foundation skill for communication. It is full of fun activities to encourage your child to look into your eyes while you're communicating with them.
4). Sounds before words. Some easy sounds that your child may be able to make.
Leading on from Module 3 we now start to look at the sounds that different animals make. This lovely module shows your child an imaginary story where the fish is swimming in the bath! This is a great way to entertain your child while encouraging them to think about and copy the sounds that animals make. High quality pictures appear on the screen to highlight to your child which animal is saying the relevant sound. And if your child is into transport, we have a train, car and plane to appeal to their imagination. You can even wander around the house afterwards and practise the sounds that you can find around the house. Lots of fun examples to practise with your child.
5) Imitation and Copying. How to encourage your child to imitate and copy you.
Why don't you bring your child's teddy to help them join in with this activity? Claire helps teddy to have something to eat and drink and then demonstrates how she can pretend to do this herself. This is a really lovely way to teach your child to copy. Claire demonstrates a number of speech sounds and asks your child to have a go and see if they can make some sounds. Claire also gives you some practical ideas about how to encourage copying when you are at home.
6) The importance of choice-making. How to encourage your child to make a choice.
Who wouldn’t want to join Claire in this brilliant session where your child can make their own monster. There are some gorgeous illustrations for you to print out and then your child can choose what they want their monster to look like. Claire guides your child through each step of the way putting their monster's facial parts on but it is still very much your child's choice. A definite for anyone who likes sticking!
In this session the two Claires act out a shopping game where they have to try and follow the instructions and remember what they were asked to get.
8). LEARNING HOW TO LINK NOUNS TO VERBS.
Teaching your child the function of the objects around them so that they begin to use early words appropriately.
Before we can teach your child to use verbs (in module 13) we need to start to make them aware that we use objects for different purposes or that certain objects carry out certain actions (verbs). Your child can see what objects we use for a specific purpose - like using a chair for sitting. The fun interactive game asks your child to find a picture of an object that we use for a specific purpose. Your child can then sit back and look at our brightly coloured kitchen toys and see if teddy is able to find the items that have a particular use. Teddy is brilliant at helping out in the kitchen!
Claire starts to teach your child some simple, early social skills. She gives some valuable advice about how as a parent you can reinforce these behaviors at home. She talks about greeting people, eye contact, looking at people's faces, making different facial expressions. Claire narrates what the toys are doing in the lesson and and stresses the importance of saying hello to the friends that she is playing with. Your child will be encouraged to copy different emotions demonstrated by Claire's facial expression. Cleverly she shows how we can tell what someone is feeling just by looking at someone's mouth and then just their eyes. Claire asks your child to point to some pictures of different facial expressions.
10). "Let's get talking!" Early words and how to say them
Let your child come and join Claire and her hilarious dancing duck who keeps trying to jump off the table. She introduces some of the earliest words including 'more', 'up', 'go'. This is a must for your child whether they are not yet talking or whether they have a limited vocabulary. This video will also help parents to see how much we repeat words that we want the child to hear and start to copy. Claire models the words clearly and asks your child to help her fill the screen with balloons and who knew that torches could be so magical! Lots of fun activities to keep your child's attention while teaching them those earliest words.
11). How to develop vocabulary - Part One.
During this lovely module who can resist making a bear with Claire? It's a great way to introduce the names of body parts while having some fun with a sticking activity at home. Having made the bear there are more videos where Ben has to go to the Doctors. He gets dressed in his fresh clean clothes and then he goes fishing and finds pictures of some clothes. All fun stories for your child to watch to get used to the vocabulary for body parts and clothing with a mixture of practical activities, stories/ imaginative play and our lovely illustrations on the screen as well.
12) How to develop vocabulary - Part Two.
Claire teaches you lots of new words all about the different animals, toys and transport. All the animals are asleep in the bag. Can you help wake them up? Watch farmer Toby on his farm as Claire feeds all the animals. Next, is a clever memory game where the toys disappear!! Finally the train and the lorry need to go on a journey but what are they taking with them? Help Claire sort the animals and the transport.
13) How to introduce verbs.
It's now time to teach your child a number of verbs (doing words) so that they can describe what is happening in the world around them. This module consists of 4 lessons. It encourages your child to copy the actions they see and then point to the correct action on the screen. We then focus on linking objects to verbs and to see whether your child can say the verbs, and finally there is a story to watch so that this knowledge can be consolidated.
Lesson 1. In this lesson, Claire and Ben watch our superhero, Sam, do different actions on the screen and then try to copy these actions. See if your child can do this as well. Your child is then asked to listen to a number of verbs in order to see whether they can point to the correct picture that illustrates Sam doing that action.
Lesson 2. This time it's teddy's turn. In this lesson we show your child which object is linked to which action. We have a look what is inside Claire's basket. What do we do with each object?
Lesson 3. This is a lesson where we want your child to do the talking. This expressive language task encourages your child to look at the pictures of Sam on the screen and to describe what he is doing.
Lesson 4. Finally we consolidate what we have taught by telling a story all about Lucy's day. Listen to the story and hear about all the actions that Lucy has done.
14) How to put two words together.
It is now time for your child to start putting two words together and to start to form very simple sentences. This module is divided into three lessons.
Lesson 1. Can you see our funny monkey and our elephant? Watch what happens when Claire presses their paw. In this lesson we encourage your child to use the word 'more'. See if they can ask the animals to repeat their dances.
Lesson 2. This is a fun memory game. Claire shows you some of the animals who live in the sea. But when the water rushes in, one of the animals is missing? One of them has gone. See if your child can use the word 'gone' in order to form a simple two-word utterance.
Lesson 3. Pirate and dolly are at the restaurant. What are they eating? Watch Claire as she pretends to be their waitress. Who will eat what? This lesson encourages your child to link the name of the person with the object.
Lesson 4. Now that pirate and dolly have eaten their food, it's time for them to play a different game. Pirate is going to tell dolly what to do. Watch dolly do the silly actions and see if you can describe what she is doing. In this lesson we begin to link the person with the action.
15) How to introduce early concepts.
Your child can now start to learn the meaning of some different concepts in order to use these words in their expressive language. This module is divided into 6 lessons and we help your child to learn the following adjectives: big/little, up/down, hot/cold, open/shut, dirty/clean and front/back.
Lesson 1 looks at the concepts 'big' and 'little'. What is in the big and little boxes and the big and little pots? Watch Claire as she finds the different objects and see if you can describe their size. When you are feeling confident, have a look at the pictures on the screen and see if you can point to the correct one.
Lesson 2 helps you to teach your child about the words 'up' and 'down'. Follow Claire and see if you can raise your arms up and down and then watch what happens when we put the ball on our tower. Next see what appears on our screen and where does it go?
Lesson 3 is all about the concepts 'hot' and 'cold'. Watch Claire and Lucy sort the hot and cold food. Which drinks are hot? But its not just about food and drinks! What clothes do we wear when it is hot or cold? Watch Claire pack her suitcase and see which items she needs for her hot summer holiday.
Lesson 4 teaches your child about the words 'open' and 'shut'. What can you see on the table that opens and shuts? Watch Claire talk about these adjectives.
Lesson 5 is all about the words 'dirty' and 'clean'. Some of the clothes on the washing line are not clean and need to go back into the washing machine. Which ones are clean and which are dirty? But other things are dirty as well. Look at Claire's table and Lucy's face. Have fun talking about these words together.
Lesson 6. The final lesson of this module looks at the concept 'front' and 'back'. Look there is a train! Where are the animals going to sit? Talk about which animals sit at the front and which are at the back.
16). How to introduce Prepositions.
For this module we have made 6 short lessons to help your child to learn the words: in, on and under.
Lesson 1 looks at teaching your child the word 'in'. George our puppet is having supper but his food has all gone mouldy!! Can your child copy Claire and say what has to go IN the bin!
Lesson 2 focuses on the word 'on'. Our dolly is playing a great game of musical statues. When the music stops, where will she be standing?? See if your child can describe where she is.
Lesson 3 focuses on the word 'under'. Have a look at our colourful baskets as some of the animals are hiding under them. Can you say what is under the yellow, red and blue basket?
Lesson 4. In this lesson you need to look at the screen and match the colours to see what is on the card. Can your child see the different animals? Where are they?
Lesson 5. On this lesson Claire tells a story about Sam on the farm. Have a look on the screen and see where Sam is going. Encourage your child to use the words 'under' and 'on' and 'in'.
Lesson 6 encourages your child to match the colour that they see on the screen with the card on the table. Claire then posts these cards into our letterbox but can your child first describe what is on each card?
17). Three word Utterances.
In this session, Claire helps your child to say short sentences using a structured model. Have a look in the big and little coloured bags and see what you can find. Can your child remember the animal names but also tell you where they were hiding? By using this simple game with a clear word order, your child can try to copy Claire so that they are beginning to use short sentences.
18). How to introduce phonological awareness.
Phonological awareness examines your child's awareness of the sounds that occur within a word. This fun lesson looks at teaching your child how to recognize the syllable length of a word. Look at the pictures on the screen with Claire and see if you can work out how many beats are in each word. Clap the words together.
MORE DETAILED COURSE CONTENT...
Over 3 hours of online videos with speech and language therapy activities. These are pre-recorded and can be watched on a computer or TV at your convenience, as many times as you choose.
Speech Club Guides on all areas of your toddlers' early speech and language.
Additional activity sheets to print out and do at home.
A private online forum for members to ask questions and share success stories and methods.
Monthly online live Q&A's sessions with Claire and Claire!