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Language Launchpad

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About Us

A structured programme of interactive reading has been shown to improve children's language and literacy skills.

Language Launchpad is a collection of evidence-based resources created to develop the language and communication skills of children approaching school age (generally aged 3-5 years) through interactive reading.

Language Launchpad is an initiative of the Oxford Craniofacial Unit Speech and Language Therapy team: all activities have been designed and written by our Craniofacial Specialist Speech and Language Therapists.

It is a structured programme that can be delivered in just 20 minutes a day. By setting aside this special time with their child, parents and carers can make a huge difference to children's communication development.

Activities are presented by Oxford Craniofacial Unit staff in video format, as an accessible and bite-sized way to access the information. All supporting resources can be found here on the website.

Each week on Language Launchpad, we will introduce a children's book. Five days of activities will be provided, based around the book.

The structure of the activities is consistent, to enable parents to establish a routine.

Join us on our social media platforms to see the videos, and to join our growing community of parents using Language Launchpad. You will find tips, advice and feedback from other families using the resource.

Oxford Craniofacial Unit Speech and Language Therapy

We provide a specialist service for children and adults with craniofacial conditions who have complex difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing..

We are actively involved in research and clinical audit projects, and share our findings in journal publications and through education and training.

We develop creative ways to maximise communication for children with craniofacial conditions, such as in our innovative Communication Passport project.