“Small Talk is a must-read for parents keen to help their child express themselves from the get go. I can’t recommend it enough.”

Scarlett Brady, Editor of Gurgle magazine



Small Talk is the new speech development bible for use from pregnancy right up to four-years-old. Whilst there are hundreds of parenting guides out there to rely on for everything from weaning to sleeping, there is no guide to assist with speech development, until now…

Enter leading speech therapist Nicola Lathey, the go-to guru for language development in babies and toddlers and author of Small Talk; a book full of proven, simple and fun ways to enhance your baby’s language and communication skills to help make them smarter and more sociable. It is, after all, no secret that children who read and talk at home go on to achieve better maths and literacy levels once they start school.

Written in a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand way, Small Talk fills a gap in an otherwise saturated market by providing parents with all the advice they need to specifically encourage and stimulate the natural stages of language development in those crucial formative years.

The book also includes plenty of practical Small Talk Time ideas; quick and entertaining language games to play with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers alike. The book covers all manner of techniques from Say What You See to tips on how to get the most out of reading bedtime stories with children of any age.

Small Talk gives parents the confidence to enhance their child’s communication in those all-important early years when the brain is busy creating pathways to the jaw, lips and tongue, establishing the building blocks of first speech.

Amongst many other things Small Talk teaches:
• The one single technique to adopt to make the most significant impact on your child’s language ability
• The truth about dummies, tongue-tie, dribbling, bottles, baby signing and the effects of TV and technology on your child’s language development
• About causes for concern and where to turn for help

Studies have shown that children with a positive communication environment at home achieve higher scores on tests of language, reading and maths when they enter school, so by boosting your baby’s language you can boost their brain power too – giving them the best possible start in life!




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