TalkingTipsForKids is a new website and free App that gives parents innovative new tools to help their child get a head start in the communication stakes.

Speech and Language Therapist Fiona Barry has used her wealth of experience to develop a series of short films that use simple ‘parent-child interaction strategies’ to show parents how even small changes can help their child become happier, chattier and more confident. You can watch the free films here.

Parents are the key to unlocking children’s communication skills and the good news is that it’s never too early or too late to start. Evidence shows that what parents do at home with their children is more important to language development than class, ethnicity, education or wealth (1)

Children with strong speaking and listening skills are more likely to make friends easily, do well at school, stay out of trouble and thrive in the workplace as adults. In fact a child’s vocabulary at the age of five is a strong indicator of future qualifications and achievements (2)

With films spanning the pre-natal to five-years age range, as well as films tailored specially for Dads and even Grandparents, Talking Tips For Kids has something for every young family. There’s even a film exploring how the use of dummies can affect a child’s speech.

Dr Max Pemberton, columnist for The Daily Telegraph, comments, TalkingTipsForKids is a brilliant resource…With her sensible, no nonsense approach, Fiona Barry gives evidence-based advice, tips and guidance. I recommend this to every parent. It shows that helping your child with their communication skills can be easy, rewarding and best of all, fun.”

Priced at £2.99 each, the films are directly downloadable from the website TalkingTipsForKids or can be purchased individually through the free app.

Fiona is available for expert comment on speech and language, please contact or 07764482255


1. Sylva, K. et al (2003) The Effective Provision of Preschool Education (EPPE) Project, DfE,
2. Law, J. et al (2010) Modelling developmental language difficulties from school entry into adulthood. Journal of speech, language and hearing research, 52