Elizabeth Gunner and Helen Coleman are both speech and language therapists with more than 10 years’ experience of working with children with a range of
They jointly set up Speech Blog UK s they are passionate about raising awareness of speech and language difficulties and working collaboratively with families and other professionals. Their specialist areas are phonological (speech sound) difficulties and language delays and disorders. They both have lots of experience of working alongside teaching staff.
They both live near the Surrey/Hampshire border where Helen lives in a house full of books and Elizabeth in a house full of animals. When not partaking in all things speech and language therapy, they enjoy nothing more than spending time with their young families. They each have one child and so are very busy juggling the demands of working, family and blogging.
They are excited about the opportunity to write for SNJ as it enables them to share information about speech and language in a wider special needs context.
Their blog has gone from strength to strength and produces top tips and insight into the world of Speech and Language Therapy.[/half]
You can find all their posts on SNJ linked in date order, below.[/su_column]
SpeechBlogUK Posts on SNJ
- Join the SNJ Squad as a “Patron” and get exclusive content!
Running SNJ takes time and money. As volunteers, we don't mind spending time making the site as useful as possible,… Continue reading »
- Top tips for working on your child’s speech and language targets
The speech therapy process is very much a collaborative one. Even if your child is lucky enough to get regular… Continue reading »
- Tips for talking to children with language difficulties about their school day
I always like to try and talk to my son about what he has done at school that day. His… Continue reading »
- Review: Building Language Using Lego Bricks
Elizabeth and I were recently contacted by Jessica Kingsley publishers, asking us to review a new book. When I saw… Continue reading »
- Top Tips for finding your way through the speech therapy process
If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s development, it can be difficult to know where to turn… Continue reading »
- Helping your child with Speech Sounds
Our most popular posts on Speech Blog UK tend to be the ones about speech sounds. It is an area… Continue reading »
- Top tips for teaching social skills to children with and without autism
Communication is so much more than just the words we say. It is an incredibly complicated process; the rules change… Continue reading »
- Speech and Language problems? It could be glue ear.
One of the questions you are likely to be asked if your child is assessed by a speech and language… Continue reading »
- Speech Therapy terminology: What does that mean?
Each profession has their own set of words and acronyms that we all understand, but it easy to forget that… Continue reading »
- Teaching children complex communication
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place”. – George Bernard Shaw Communication is… Continue reading »
- Questions to ask on school visits
Some of you may have just submitted your school preferences; some of you may be visiting schools and provisions now… Continue reading »
- Tips for expanding language at Christmas
“It's the most wonderful time of the year!” So the song goes, and for many children at least (not so… Continue reading »
- It doesn’t always work and that’s OK!
It happens to the best of us, we all have bad days. Sometimes despite meticulous planning, fantastic ideas and the… Continue reading »
- Strategies to support expressive language
In my most recent post on SNJ, I talked about how difficult it can sometimes be to identify when a… Continue reading »
- Nine principles for supporting children’s comprehension
“It’s a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water” – Franklin… Continue reading »
- The importance of differentiation for children with special educational needs
There have been a number of articles in the media recently discussing the changes to the National Curriculum and teaching. … Continue reading »
- When and how to access speech and language therapy
When you are concerned about your child’s development, it can be worrying and difficult to know where to go for… Continue reading »
- Top tips for preparing for medical appointments
Elizabeth writes... It can be daunting going to any appointment. I see myself as relatively level-headed and as a speech… Continue reading »
- How to communicate successfully with children with unclear speech
Both Helen and I specialise in working with children with phonological or speech sound production difficulties. According to the National… Continue reading »
- Top Tips for Speech and Language Therapy – Part One
As is often the case, I come across great resources and services for children with special needs on Twitter. I… Continue reading »