About this Website

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This website has been created by Speech and Language Therapists for parents, families and care givers of children aged between 0-5 years. All of the activities, advice and information available on the website has been developed by Speech and Language Therapists or sourced from trusted, credible academic research.

“Early language acquisition impacts on all aspects of a child’s non-physical development and plays a key role in school achievement Law et al (2017).

Supporting Talking understands that children are unique and not all will learn to talk as quickly as their friends. We know that all parents want the best for their children and it can be difficult if your child experiences a difficulty learning to talk. All of the information and activities on this website are equally suitable for children developing their skills well as well as those who are experiencing difficulties with their talking, listening or understanding. If your child has a speech, language and communication difficulty early identification is really important to enable them to get the help they need to develop their skills.

“77% of parents who are worried about their child’s speech and language development struggle to find the information they need” Bercow: Ten Years On (2018).

We understand the challenges and frustration some parents face finding trusted speech and language advice. Supporting Talking provides a hub of information and practical ways of helping your child at home. We boast a range of learning opportunities, activities and resources as well as guidance and information to help you decide if more specialist support is needed for your child.

About the Author

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SupportingTalking.com was founded by Nicola Holmes, a mum and Specialist Speech and Language Therapist in Early Language Development. With more than 15 years experience supporting children with speech, language and communication needs, Nicola is passionate about early intervention. Her experience includes working for the NHS and Charitable sector as well as establishing an Independent Speech and Language Therapy Practice.  She is also Vice-Chair for the Association of Speech & Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP)

Nicola is a registered health care professional with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), a member of The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists and a member of the Association of Speech & Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP). 


Nicola remains passionate about giving children the best start in life with their communication skills and continues to support children of all ages with speech, language and communication needs. Nicola remains a big advocate and supporter of the NHS and continues to work alongside local NHS teams in her Independent Practice.

Below are some articles authored by Nicola:

Toddlers & TV (pages 10-11)
Top Tips for Language Development (pages 10-11)
How To Address Your School’s SLCN Skills Gap