In Class Support and Classes

The majority of SMALL TALK NI Language promotion groups now take place predominantly within schools, playgroups and nurseries. We also run classes occasionally for children and parents who wish to avail of these in Lisburn, outside of a nursery or school setting.


• NURSERY TALK: for ALL children in their pre-school year 

As well as further developing ALL children’s speech and language skills, these classes focus on helping them begin to use their skills to express their own thoughts and feelings, tell their own stories and use their language to make new friends!!


• PLAYGROUND CHAT : for ALL children in their first year of Primary School

These classes for ALL children in P1 further build the children’s communication skills, developing concepts, verbal reasoning and narrative skills and help them learn how to ask effective questions. They also focus on phonological awareness which is needed for developing both reading and clear speech.


• CHATTERBOX: for targeted children in their preschool or first year of Primary School 

These 6 week programmes, are for targeted groups of  up to 6 children, who require particular focus on either developing their UNDERSTANDING of LANGUAGE , EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE or SPEECH SOUNDS. These groups are for children in their pre-school year or in P1.



Some schools have preferred to have the therapist with them throughout the morning, demonstrating a variety of activities and startegies rather than running the group programme. They have appreciated time to observe the therapist and indeed the children in their class and then spend time, in consultation with the therapist, discussing how best to help the children in their setting.

We are very happy to modify our provision to accommodate the particular needs of each setting, and can provide quotes for such on request.


•SIGNS 2 TALK FOR BABIES: 6-18 months approximately 

These classes focus on developing the interaction skills between you and your baby, to give them the best possible environment in which to learn how to communicate. We incorporate Makaton signs, rhyme and purposeful play in these classes of baby focused time, which you will cherish.


• TODDLER TALK: 18 months-2 ½years approximately 

These action packed classes we focus on developing engaging interaction between these busy little people and their parent or carer. We help you think of ways to capture their imagination, help them soak up all that is going on around them and use those really important words and phrases.

All of these Small Talk NI classes in crèches, day nurseries, play groups, nursery schools  and Primary One classes on request. A variety of packages on offer can be viewed on our ‘ Partnering with Schools’ and ‘Partnering with Playgroups’ leaflets, available by email. Please contact us at