Sheffield Small Talk group a big success

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Young children with speech and language problems are being helped to find their voice with help from a unique support group at Sheffield University.

Sheffield Small Talk was set up after mums Sarah Hooker and Genna White, who have children with communication difficulties, highlighted the vital need for a group.

It was launched last year and now provides invaluable help every week to many children and their families.

Children who attend have a wide range of needs including autism spectrum disorders, specific language impairment, and learning difficulties.

The main aim of the fun and informal sessions is to encourage the youngsters to develop their communication abilities, with help from speech and language therapy students.

Genna’s son Caleb, aged five, has a condition called specific language impairment.

She said: “All of my other friends’ children were hitting all the normal milestones, so I didn’t have them to talk to about it and I felt really alone and just wanted to meet other parents.

“I really enjoy just having the opportunity to talk about things that matter to us and feature in our everyday lives which won’t feature in most other people’s.”

The sessions are every Thursday between 1pm and 3pm at the Philippa Cottam Communication Clinic on Mushroom Lane, Broomhill.