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Small Talk

Audience: Parents

This booklet provides information about what helps children aged 0-5 learn to talk and listen, whether they are on the right track and what to do if the parents have concerns about their child.

Small Talk is now available to purchase for £2.99 per copy. *Please click here to order.

*Please note that the information you submit on this order form will be shared with a third party organisation (PDS) who are responsible for processing resource orders on behalf of I CAN/ The Communication Trust. The information you provide will be used solely for the purposes of processing this order.

You can also download a free copy here.

We are also able to offer Portuguese and Polish versions of Small Talk for free download only. Please note that as these versions have been directly translated from the English version they may not follow some grammar or vocabulary structures. 


Free downloads

Quick look table - this is taken from the Small Talk booklet and is a quick guide that shows the basics children should be doing at each age.

Please click here to download.

Listen up - 2 free resources to play with your children to encourage listening, understanding, interaction and play.

For pre-school children between the ages of 0 and 5, Listen Up 0-5, includes a card game with fun activities and advice on how parents can use the resource.

For children between the ages of 5 and 11, Listen Up 5-11 includes a fun fortune teller with activity cards.

To download the packs please follow the links below:

Listen Up - for parents and practitioners working with children aged 0-5

Listen Up - for parents and practitioners working with children aged 5-11



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