Words First Parent Workshops

Words First is running online workshops to help parents support their children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).
We give parents the knowledge and tools to work with their children every day to address their SLCN difficulties. Groups are small and every session provides the opportunity to ask specific questions and get answers about how you can support your child. In some cases parents/carers request intervention sessions.

Parents who book will have access to five online small group sessions and will have top tips, worksheets and resources sent to them after the sessions, for a one-off cost of £100. Below is a brief overview of each session.

The first session covers early development, parenting styles and the importance of play.
The second session focuses on social communication and interventions used to address this area, which you are able to use with your child at home.
Session 3 includes the topics of attention, understanding and following directions.
Session 4 looks at different ways of communicating with children, including non-verbal ways.
We discuss literacy in the last session, including the importance of reading and phonological awareness.

Parents know their children best and are able to work and play with them every day, even if it is only for 10 or 15 minutes at a time. The aim of these workshops is to give parents the tools to give children regular input to help them address their difficulties.

Should you decide to book, the benefits are:

  • Access to a Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT)
  • Knowledge of interventions and strategies to use at home
  • Resources and handouts to support your child.
The workshops are run by Ann Mason, a qualified and HCPC registered SaLT. All you have to do is drop Ann an email and she will send more information, confirm your booking and send you the Teams links for the sessions.

Words First works with 200 schools in and around London. We understand that parents also need to work with their children. These workshops are for ANY parent, anywhere in the UK (or internationally) that requires SaLT advice.

Each sessions provides the opportunity for questions and answers. Ann will discuss your concerns and goals and provide handouts and resources. She will also sign post you to other services she feels may be beneficial.
You can bring questions from real life situations or more theoretical questions and Ann will answer them using experience and research-based approaches. Please note that Ann’s experience is in Primary and Early years but she will be able to take questions regarding older children and consult other specialists in Words First as required.
The sessions are £20 each (£100 for 5 x 1 hour sessions).
Your 1 hour session will consist of 45 minutes training (including discussions), followed by 15 minutes for questions to be answered. You will receive resources and handouts, related to the topics discussed, by email after each session.

More about Ann

Sessions will be hosted by Words First Speech and Language Therapist Ann Mason (MSc, reg HCPC, RCSLT). In addition to her Masters degree, she holds an Honours degree in Psychology and an International Montessori Diploma.

Prior to practising as a Speech and Language Therapist she taught in pre-schools, mainstream schools and adult education.