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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230766439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230766433
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Proven, simple, fun ways to enhance your baby's language and communication skills to help make them smarter and more sociable - by a leading speech and language therapist

About the Author

Nicola Lathey is a speech and language therapist specialising in the under-fives. She helps children with all kinds of speech and communication problems both within in the NHS and from her private practice in Oxford. She has one daughter. Tracey Blake is an experienced journalist and mother of two.


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Small talk is an easy to read guide about children's speech and language development from birth up to the age of five. As an owner of a nursery we have recommended this book to our parents and families. Feedback was unanimous; Small Talk's simple and fun activities really encourage and promote high levels of engagement with your little ones and focus on positively developing a child's ability to communicate successfully.
This book is about enjoying your child's development as much as supporting it. I speak first hand when I say it has greatly helped close friends to understand and support their child's language and development needs.
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I couldn't recommend this book more!

The author has made this book accessible to all readers, be you a parent, teacher or teaching assistant (in my case). In the past year I have been given the responsibility of leading a speech and language program and was very keen on building my knowledge regarding the subject.

It did just that. It is the perfect book if you want an introductory style text. It covers from birth to the age of 5-6 which is generally when speech and language develops. It is so easy to read and follow that I found I couldn't put that down and for a text book that is astonishing.

What I love about this book is that it is easy to read, separates topics well and offers you lots of games to play with your children to help boost their language.

In this day and age it is not uncommon to see SLCN in children and if parents just read a page or two every so often it would greatly benefit their child.

I recommend every school to have at least one copy of this book!
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It's an exact copy of EYFS tables which disturbs me somewhat. Being an SLT I would assume that government guidelines and EYFS is taken into consideration but no deviation at all saddens me. I have come to the conclusion that child development in the UK must be different to the rest of the world or is heavily edited by whatever flavour of education goals is favoured by the powers to be at the moment. I have studied child development incl. speech and language in another European country and I am appalled that normal child development is not even taken into consideration in this book. Please get yourself non government and NHS sponsored books! Pestalozzi, Steiner etc...would be a start!
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Nicola is a brilliant speech therapist who has done fantastic work with my six-year-old son, who has autism. She really is very gifted - she has a unique ability to form a rapport with children and is full of enthusiasm and ideas. Over the course of a year working with Nicola, my son's gone from having very little expressive language to taking pleasure in describing the world around him. So I knew her book would be full of really useful advice, and sure enough, it is!
I think Nicola and Tracey, her co-writer, have done a great job of breaking this subject down, giving information about different stages of development and handy tips for things you can do to help your child. It's a good read and very accessible, and deserves to become a classic. Every new parent should have a copy! I think parents will find it both reassuring and empowering, and I can't recommend it highly enough to anybody who is concerned about their child's speech, or just wants to help them get the best possible start.
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This as an amazing book with lots of good ideas and explanations. As a grandmother of two grandsons on the spectrum, as well as having worked over the last 20yrs with children with varying stages of autism I found it really informative with some good ideas.if the child is a visual learner you will Also find lots of flash card for them to use and they are very good from amazon.
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Best book I've read on baby to toddler language development. The best thing is that you don't actually have to go through a whole book at once - it's divided by age group, so I've read each section in little steps. Could not recommend enough.
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I was really happy with this book, as it has given me some excellent activities to try with my 18 month toddler, who the pediatricians have advised us that we need to be more proactive with speech, as he has the speech of a 12 month old. I've found the book really helpful with some great ideas, a must-read for any parent who wants to become a bit more pro-active with their toddler. Over the weekend, we have already noticed an improvement in his speech, so this book really does help. The website for the book is also very helpful and has some really good videos - The frog song is very popular with my children, and they certainly enjoy mummy making a fool of herself on a daily basis!
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I have really enjoyed reading this book, which is engaging and practical and easy to read. There are plenty of ideas to help develop your child's speech and language and guidelines of what to expect at the different stages. Having seen friends' children be diagnosed with delayed language, I have always been concerned that this might happen to my 18 month old. In fact she's the opposite, but this book has given me confidence, and loads of activities to try. These are not at all onerous or difficult, and indeed are lovely things to do together, such as making a book with pictures of family and friends (very helpful for greeting people and talking about what we're doing each day) and talking about what you're doing (a key activity for Lathey, and one that I already did without thinking, but she has given me ideas of how to extend it). It's great to have so many easy and fun ways to help my baby communicate more effectively. Thanks Nicola Lathey!
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