Tots Talking - a parent intervention for 2 year olds at risk of language difficulties

Suitable for: Headteachers, HOD's ,Subject Leaders, Teachers, ECTs, TA's, SENDCO, pastoral Staff, Family liason staff, EY Settings.

Course code Keystages Presented by
EAL147 Foundation
  • Sam Hoban (EAL/GRT consultancy teacher)
  • Zainab Syed (EAL Consultancy and Support Teacher)


To gain an understanding of how to support and encourage parents with developing the talking and understanding of words of their 2 year old's.
To learn how to deliver the interactive sessions successfully with parents
For participants to have a understanding of the rationale behind Tots Talking

What is Tots Talking?
The Tots Talking programme was designed and developed by Speech and Language UK with a group of parents of 2-year-old children. The aim of Tots Talking is to improve the talking and understanding of words in two-year-olds. It does this by sharing information with parents and carers and encouraging them to use the types of language and behaviours which research shows support children’s talking and understanding of words.
Tots Talking has eight sessions that run once a week, with small groups of 6–8 parents and carers of two-year-olds at risk of speech and language challenges. Each session lasts for one hour. It is supported by the Tots Talking app that parents and carers can use on their phone. The app gives them information and reminders and encourages them to practise what they’ve learned at home with their child.
Tots Talking is aimed at parents and caregivers of 2-year-old children who are not using contingent language with them.
Included in the training is
* a facilitator guide to help run the sessions
* access to the Tots Talking App and Parent Website
* child engagement measure and progress checker

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