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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…

10 hearing helpers

Whether you've just been diagnosed or you've been living with hearing loss for some time, these organisations, individuals and services can help make life easier for you. 1. Hearing therapists Hearing therapists are trained to help people adapt to living with their hearing loss or…

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…

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…

'My children teach me the art of patience'

Deborah French has four children, two of whom have special educational needs. In this interview, she explains how she supports them day to day and describes the help she receives from others. Henry, 10, has ASD Deborah's son Henry is 10 years old and has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Henry's…

Baby and toddler play ideas

Ideas to help your child play and learn You can give your child lots of different opportunities to play, and it doesn't need to be difficult or expensive. Look at books and sing songs and nursery rhymes with your child. It's fun and will help…