Free downloads for early support

Handy Hints

Handy HintsA series of quick and easy guides to helping children and young people with speech and language impairments. These sheets may also be of interest to professionals.

Improving Poor Motor Skills (1,015.3 KiB, 6,719 hits)

Improving the Making of Sounds (1,020.6 KiB, 12,271 hits)

Other language related skills (1,002.5 KiB, 6,665 hits)

Recognising a possible difficulty (1,004.6 KiB, 11,685 hits)

Use of words (997.6 KiB, 8,948 hits)


The Early Support booklet

Early Support bookletThis booklet is for you if you suspect that your child is struggling to learn to talk, or you have recently been told that your child has, or will have, particular difficulty developing communication and language. Published in 2005 as part of a government initiative for England only.

Early Support Booklet (2.7 MiB, 11,330 hits)


An updated version of the booklet covering the entire 0–25 age range can now be downloaded from the NCB website.


Difficulties and disorders

Useful reading about various speech and language difficulties with in depth analysis, examples and case studies.

Developmental verbal dyspraxia
Information for parents featuring two case studies.

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (180.7 KiB, 627 hits)

Autism, Asperger’s syndrome and semantic-pragmatic disorder: Where are the boundaries?
by Professor Dorothy Bishop
This 18 page document looks at the varying forms of language disorders and behavioural difficulties.
Reproduced by kind permission from publishers

Autism, Asperger's Syndome and Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder (163.0 KiB, 476 hits)

Semantic Pragmatic Disorder
by Margo Sharp
This 18 page document takes an in depth look at Semantic Pragmatic Disorder with a list of tell-tale signs in various age groups of children.

Semantic Pragmatic Disorder by Margo Sharp (159.4 KiB, 301 hits)