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Help your baby learn to talk

0-6 months 6-12 months 12-18 months 18-24 months 2-3 years 0-6 months Hold your baby close and look at them as you talk to them. Babies love faces and will watch you and respond as you talk Chat about what you are doing as you feed,…

Autism: the facts

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability. On its own, autism is not a learning disability or a mental health problem. But some people with autism have an accompanying learning disability, learning difficulty or mental health problem. Autism is a spectrum condition. This means that while all people with…

Handling reactions to facial disfigurement

Learning how to be confident and handle people's reactions can help people with disfigurements get more out of social interactions. Using positive body language and having a set of responses ready to use if people stare at you can be helpful. Body language tips Think…

Fifty things to do before you're five

Parents and carers will be given suggestions for 50 things to do with their children before they are five as part of a new early language development scheme from Oxfordshire County Council.   Being able to communicate effectively supports children’s mental health and wellbeing, their self-confidence…

Talking to your child about their autism

Explaining to your child that they have autism can be difficult for some parents. Here an expert gives some tips on how to have the conversation. In her work as a child psychiatrist with Surrey and Borders NHS Trust, Dr Glòria Durà-Vilà meets many parents in her…

The Early Years Team

The Early Years Team's is made up of dedicated early years professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. These experiences are used to support the county council with its aim to improve the outcomes for young people by ensuring they all have access to high quality…

Health Visitors

Health visitors are registered nurses/midwives who have additional training in community public health nursing. We provide a professional public health service based on best evidence of what works for individuals, families, groups and communities; enhancing health and reducing health inequalities through a proactive, universal service…

Talking to your kids about cancer

If you have cancer, discussing it with your children may be difficult. But listening and talking to them can be reassuring, as well as helping them understand your diagnosis. Keep it simple Children may have heard things about cancer that frighten them, so speak to them…

Fifty things to do before you're five, marks first anniversary

Parents and carers have been sharing their experiences of ‘50 things to do before you’re five’, an early language development scheme from Oxfordshire County Council.    Being able to communicate effectively supports children’s mental health and wellbeing, their self-confidence and the forming of friendships in…

The risks of treatment abroad

Before going abroad for medical treatment, it's important to get enough information to make the right choice. There are several issues that need to be considered.  All types of medical treatment involve some element of risk, whether you receive the treatment in the UK or abroad.…