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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Staying Calm when your teen gets angry

Staying Calm when your teen gets angry

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret”- Ambrose Bierce. Sound familiar? Do encounters with your raging teen often leave you with feelings of regret, frustration and helplessness? If they do then you are part of the majority of parents. If they don’t, enjoy the fact and can I suggest maybe you ... Read More »

Tips for talking to your baby

Tips for talking to your baby

Talking to babies even when they cannot talk back helps them to learn to speak and communicate. Mums and Dads who talk to their baby when they are just babbling but not actually speaking are helping their babies’ language development.* By replying to your baby’s “Chatter” in a way that matches what your child might be saying you are teaching ... Read More »

Importance of Talking to Your Baby

Importance of Talking to Your Baby

Talking to babies even when they cannot talk back helps them to learn to speak and communicate. Mums and Dads who talk to their baby when they are just babbling but not actually speaking are helping their babies’ language development.* It will help your child to speak. When a baby listens to your voice they learn to use language. It ... Read More »

Helping Little People Learn to Talk 0-3 Months

Helping Little People Learn to Talk 0-3 Months

Talking and listening to babies from the moment they’re born helps them develop good listening and language skills. It also helps them to learn and develop good relationships with people. It’s never too early to start talking to your child. Most brain development happens before the age of two and the best way to stimulate babies’ brains is to talk ... Read More »