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Telegraph Article: Inattentional deafness: won't listen or can't listen? June 10 2014

This month in my Telegraph article, I am talking about inattentional deafness.   Children often often seem to 'zone out', but awareness of 'inattentional deafness' may lend some patience to the familiar cry of 'why won’t you listen to me?' In my articleI refer to the work of Professor Nilli Lavie from the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London and her recent appearance on BBC Radio 4's 'All...

Telegraph Article: National storytelling week: the art of telling a tale January 31 2014

In this Telegraph article I talk about the 14th Annual National Storytelling Week (1-8th February 2014) and how, in order for a child to be a good reader and writer, a child needs to be a good speaker and listener first. I also question why Michael Gove last year announced his plans to axe the oral component of the GCSE English exam. There is also a mention of Michael Rosen...

Telegraph Article: Talking the talk in a global economy January 31 2014

In this Telegraph article I ask what is the potential boost from today's multilingual immigrant children to the future economic well-being of the UK? I refer to "The Languages for the Future" report from the British Council that identifies Spanish, Arabic, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish and Japanese as the languages most vital to the UK over the next 20 years. Click here to read the full...

Telegraph Article: The ins and outs of stammering at school January 06 2014

I recently had an article published on the Telegraph website, in their education advice section. I decided to discuss stammering in schools and what teachers can do to help stammerers ease their internal struggle and enjoy their time productively in the education system. You can read the full article by clicking here In the article I mentioned Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls MP, who is a stammerer, and he very kindly...

Sky News TV Appearance & PlaymobilUK Parent-Play Survey November 24 2013

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by Playmobil to comment on a survey they undertook about parents and child playtime and appear on Sky News Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes to discuss the survey and to talk about the importance of child/parent play and interaction through toys.   The survey produced some fascinating results, their key findings were: 65% of parents only occasionally play with their children 16% of...

Toddlers and Touchscreens - Too Much Too Young? October 29 2013

‘One in three kids can use a mobile phone before they can talk’ – this headline makes me twitch. A recent survey commissioned by U.S. pressure group Common Sense Media & electronic toy manufacturer Vtech, says that 38% of 2 year olds have used gadgets like iPhones or tablets for playing games or watching films. This figure has nearly quadrupled in 2 years! That is a massive and rapid jump...

Brain Scans Show How Toddlers Are Ready To Learn Language October 10 2013

This story genuinely excites me! As a speech and language therapist working with young children with communication difficulties I find myself 'talking about talking' all the time. The thing about talking is that it's so transient - once you've said a word its done and dusted - you can't see it or touch it. Other professionals like doctors and midwives usually have something physical to grab onto (as it were!)....

Win A Signed Copy Of Anthony Browne's New Book "What If..?" September 30 2013

To celebrate Anthony Bowne's new book "What If..?', we are giving away 20 signed copies, thanks to our friends at Random House Kids. Simply retweet & follow us on Twitter and you'll be in the running for a really lovely signed book to read and treasure. "Joe is nervous about his first big party, and as Mum walks him along the darkening street to his friend’s house, his imagination starts...

Mumsnet Q&A With Fiona September 14 2013

I was very excited to be asked to do a prestigious Q&A with Mumsnet. Jamie Oliver and David Beckham  recently took part in a Q&A, so I'm pleased to have been next on the Mumsnet list of people who they think are worth asking a question or two about children. It received a fantastic response and I was able to answer 87 questions! You can click the logo or link...

Win A Bundle Of Books On Roald Dahl Day! September 12 2013

The official Roald Dahl Day takes place every year on 13th September, on the birthday of the World's No. 1 Storyteller. In 2013, Roald Dahl Day coincides with Friday 13th - the perfect excuse for even more mischief and mayhem than usual.To celebrate Roald Dahl Day we are giving away a bundle of Roald's best love books. With our friends at Random House Kids, we are marking the special day...

Happy Talk: Captain Sensible Is Actually Very Sensible September 09 2013

The internet and social media are drowning on those lists and videos that say things like ‘If you were a child in the 70s or 80s this is for you.....cue lots of photos of retro toys, music and fashion. Well I’m adding to those lists! If you were a child in the 80s you may remember Captain Sensible, ex-member of The Damned? Well, I certainly remember his signature red beret....

Peter Stringfellow - Parenting Guru! August 02 2013

Today I had a 'car park' moment with Peter Stringfellow! I love this phrase - a colleague used it the other day - it means when you're listening to the radio and something is so interesting you have to keep listening even though you've arrived at your destination. Peter became a Dad for the third time yesterday morning at the age of 72! He had a little girl - his...