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Chatterbox is the Speech and Language arm of York Down Syndrome Support Group.


Due to the COVID 19 situation, we are running chatterbox as "Zoom" online sessions with our families.


Chatterbox NEWS - Oct 2020

This half term we have been focusing on animals and foods during Chatterbox and using these in some silly sentences. We have been being doing lots of signing to support our sentence development and speech. We have played lotto games, listened carefully to clues to develop comprehension skills and even had a spinning wheel to choose songs to sing.





Next half term we will be using bonfire night, Diwali and Christmas as our inspiration to develop our games, vocabulary and sentences

About Chatterbox 


We currently run 3 Speech & Language groups in York for children aged 0 to 11 years. The sessions are planned and delivered by a dedicated team of Speech and Language Therapists and Co-workers who are ‘SYMBOL’ trained. All input is supervised by our qualified specialist Speech & Language Therapist.

Each group meets during the school term, for approximately 40/45 minutes. The Chatterbox team meets every half term to review goals and plan together for the next 6 weeks. Ensuring that activities within the groups are tailored to each child’s individual needs. When possible we liaise with other parties eg NHS Speech & Language Therapists, Schools, TA’s parents etc.

Baby/Toddlers Group

This group is for children aged up to 3 years of age accompanied by a parent/carer. It meets once or twice most months with songs and games, and Makaton signing activities to support early development of speech, language, and interaction. 

Early years/KS1 School Group

This weekly group is aimed at the Early Years Foundation Stage and younger school-aged children. They attend accompanied by a parent/carer or nursery/school teaching assistant. During the session, we work through a series of activities to develop listening, understanding, signing and spoken language. Makaton signing is used throughout. 

KS2 School Group

This weekly group is for children aged 7-11. Each child is accompanied by a teaching assistant, to give support to join in and to enable activities to be repeated and skills consolidated in between sessions.  Sessions are designed to be highly motivating and tailored to individual needs, with games and songs incorporating work on speech, language, signing skills and social interaction.

To learn more about each of these groups, or if you would like to discuss your child accessing 'Chatterbox', email

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