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Little Voices is the Oral Language strand of the ABC Start Right Limerick project. Little Voices is for all young children and their families in the Northside and City Centre communities of Limerick. Little Voices has two language teachers who work with parents, families and staff to develop young children’s speech, language and communication skills. We run groups, giving practical tips and ideas on how to help develop children’s language and help them learn to talk. Little Voices works in baby & toddler groups, crèches, preschools, junior infant classes and health centres in the ABC Start Right areas.

The Power of Praise

The Power of Praise

The basic building block in positive parenting is having a strong, nurturing relationship with your child. While this seems pretty simple, it can easily get lost amidst the morning rush to school, the growing mountains of laundry, the juggling of schedules and, of course, the constant pushing of boundaries. While we know that it is normal for children at each ... Read More »

Communicating and Connecting with your child

Communicating and Connecting with your child

The excitement and anxiety at the beginning of the school year has now eased, and most parents have settled in to a daily routine, even if it feels chaotic at times. The rush to get ready for school in the morning and the evening routine, with homework, after school activities, friends, lunches and dinner can feel overwhelming for both children ... Read More »

Tips for helping your Toddlers Learn to Talk

Tips for helping your Toddlers Learn to Talk

Use simple repetitive language Describe your everyday activities but keep your sentences short and speak slowly and clearly. Repeating things helps children to join in and pick up new words. Nursery rhymes are great for encouraging children to join in. Build on or expand on what your child says Add one or two words to your child’s sentences. For example, ... Read More »

Top tips for introducing babies & toddlers to books

Top tips for introducing babies & toddlers to books

Talk or Sing About the Pictures: You don’t have to read the words to tell a story. Try “reading” the pictures in a book for your child sometime. Make It Personal: Talk about your own family, pets, or community when you’re reading about others in a story. Let Children Turn the Pages: Babies can’t turn pages on their own just ... Read More »

Great Talkers Make Great Readers: Encouraging Language and Literacy Development in Your Child

Great Talkers Make Great Readers: Encouraging Language and Literacy Development in Your Child

The reading process begins long before children ever walk into a classroom. As soon as parents and caregivers pick up a cooing baby and coo back, the reading process begins! Developing language and literacy skills begins at birth through everyday loving interactions, reciting nursery rhymes, telling stories, singing songs and talking to one another. Your child’s ability to speak and ... Read More »

Stay Connected with your Teen during Times of Challenging Behaviour

Stay Connected with your Teen during Times of Challenging Behaviour

Many parents find understanding and communicating with their teen challenging.  It may seem that you no longer know how to talk to the child that you once knew so well. Below are a few strategies on how to stay connected with your child and deal with challenging behavior. Choose the Right Time Sometimes when you or your teenager are feeling ... Read More »

Top tips for avoiding arguments with children

Top tips for avoiding arguments with children

This can be really frustrating.  One thing to remember though is that kids who argue a lot can often become confident adults who are well able to stand up for themselves and what they feel is right and wrong. I know that’s not much consolation now though so here are a few things that might help. It takes two to ... Read More »

Lying & Lies: What to do when children lie

Lying & Lies: What to do when children lie

Kids begin to tell lies for lots of different reason.  It’s normal and natural for them to lie to get themselves out of trouble.  However, we want our kids to tell the truth and I often hear parents say that they are more cross about their child lying to them than they are about the thing itself. So what can ... Read More »

Tips for Talking with your Toddler

Tips for Talking with your Toddler

DID YOU KNOW? The more you talk to your toddler now, the more words they will know and say when they’re older? The first three years of life is a critical time for developing language skills. Researchers from Stanford University have found that: Children who heard more speech directed to them learned to pay better attention to words and respond ... Read More »

Improving Communication with Children

Improving Communication with Children

A common problem I come across with the Mums I work with is that life is just too busy.  From morning until evening, whether they work outside the home or not, there is always something to do.  It often means that by the evening everyone is so exhausted that they simply grab a tray with their dinner on it and ... Read More »