School Age Therapies Toolkit

Our School Age Toolkit provides helpful advice and guidance on techniques that you can try at home with your child to help with any difficulties related to Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

The School Age Toolkit is appropriate for children and young people attending a mainstream school. If your child aged 0 – 4 years old, you can look at our Early Years Toolkit.

School Age Therapies Toolkit

There are a number of activities and strategies that you can try at home to help and support your child – please take a look at the advice sheets below and download the ones that are applicable to your child.

These activities need to be tried for 2 to 3 months prior to making a request for Speech and Language Therapy or Occupational Therapy, with the exception for requests for children or young people who are stammering, which should be made immediately.

Welcome to Children & Family Health Devon’s Resource Pack for children and young people who are attending a mainstream school. This area has been designed to support families, carers and professionals who have concerns about a child or young person’s development. It will provide them with a greater understanding of development, when to be concerned and how to help. It focuses on difficulties that fall within the expertise of speech and language therapy and occupational therapy.

A number of children and young people will show difficulties at some point in their development, however most will progress without need for a referral to another service with the right environment, and those who spend the most time with the child using of simple strategies. A small proportion of children and young people will go on to require additional specialist support from ICS. This area will help you identify where you can help and where specialist help may be required.behaviour and the ability to socialise.

Read more about Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy

An introduction to the toolkit and how to use it >

Developmental milestones

The information in the documents below will give you a general idea of the developments you can expect and at what age, but you shouldn’t worry if your child takes a slightly different course.

The advice sheets below are ordered in school years and contain information on typical development for their age and what to look out for in your child.

Reception >     Year one >     Year two >

Key stage two (8 – 11) >      Key stage three and above (11 – 18) >

How to help

Use the table in the advice sheet below to find your main concern, the resources most useful to you will be
identified in the second column.

How to help >

Communication advice sheets

Speech sounds >
Social communication skills >
Stammering >
Talking >
Understanding language and vocabulary >

Physical skills advice

Bottoms and toilets >
Cutlery, cups and plates >
Handwriting and handwriting activities >
Scissor skills >
Tying shoe laces >
Balance >
Ball skills >
Calm behaviour >
Core stability >
Fine motor skills >
Maximising attention >
Organising yourself (ages 5-11) >
Organising yourself (ages 11-18) >
Sensory processing >
Using both sides of the body >


Therapists talk about Visual Support >
Therapists talk about Speech Sounds Fun and Games >
Therapists talk about Speech Sounds >
Therapists talk about Speech Sounds Blending >
Therapists talk about Action Words >
 Therapists talk about Early Intervention >

Sensory differences >

Other advice

Information on ICAN (children’s communication charity) helpline >
Equipment and adaptations >
Refer your child to Speech and Language Therapy or Occupational Therapy >