Small Talk

by Nicola Lathey & Tracey Blake
No. of pages: 312
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 978-0-230-76643-3

BoardroomMum Verdict

This book is well written and provides parents with an easy reference and practical guide for the early years. It would be an excellent book to have on your shelf with a newborn and use it at different times as your child grows. It is too easy as a parent to panic about ‘what is normal’ so this book is very helpful in informing parents around the area of speech and language development. The activities suggested are also very manageable.

Small Talk – Simple ways to boost your child’s speech and language development from birth. Written by speech and language therapist Nicola Lathey and journalist Tracey Blake, both mums.

Nicola appeared recently as a Guest Around The BoardroomMum Board Table.

The book itself is a really good combination between the theory and real practical tips on how to help boost your child’s speech and language development.

There is an informative introduction before you move into the different stages and ages your child will go through. This book goes up to 48 months. It is therefore easy to dip in and out of as well as a really useful read from start to finish.

I really like the ‘small talk time’ sections in the book, which are activities that you can do with your child. I also like the tone of the book i.e. down-to-earth and the authors help to direct you if you think there may be a problem.

There is a glossary towards the back along with support groups and charities, recommended reading and resources. The website is also a very useful resource and worth a look and includes details of suggested toys and books.