The Changing the Conversation about Language project helps parents in disadvantaged areas learn how to give their children the best possible start in speech and language
The project brings together three partners - I CAN, EasyPeasy and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) - combining local knowledge, speech and language expertise and the very best evidence based interventions to ensure sustainable impact for families and communities. Working both face-to-face and online allows us to be effective and wide reaching, so our message reaches as many families as possible.
We know that the route to the Home Learning Environment is through parents and that is why this project makes use of three interventions aimed specifically at parents:
- Tots Talking – a face-to-face training programme supporting parents to adapt their communication style for their children, enhancing the parent-child interaction
- Easy Peasy app – an online programme using demonstrational videos to prompt families to enhance interaction with their children
- Parent Champions – a training programme which encourages parents of babies to become speech and language ambassadors, passing on the knowledge they gain to other parents. The main focus of this part of the project will be on face-to-face contact and encouraging sharing messages amongst friends and family directly