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Priya Desai
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Priya Desai

Language London, GB
I am children's speech and language therapist and children's author. I have worked as a therapist for 8 years now in a variety of settings, and I'm now mainly based in schools, specialising in language and literacy development, alongside the school curriculum. My approach is holistic and child-centered. No child is the same, therefore each child needs to be taught creatively in a style that suits them. Working with children, gave me the inspiration to start writing children's books for all children in their first years at school, and therefore give them positive role-models and also the motivation for their every day learning. I have published two books so far: Benjamin Writer-Messy, a story about a boy who has terrible handwriting and Jake Monkey-Tail, a story about a colourful monkey who cannot spell. I look forward to writing more books, and further developing creative approaches to my speech and language therapy work in the coming years.

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Speech and Language Therapist
Qualifications:
  • Bsc in Speech Sciences from University College London

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  • Questions 0
  • Answers 52
  • Followers 16
  • Follows 29
  • Votes given 37
  • Votes received 52
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08Jul
What is the way to prevent summer learning loss?

I love Lorraine's recommendations as they are creative and can easily be added to the holiday routine. There will be some children however, who do ...

08Jul

I've recently written an article about this for a regional family magazine who wanted ideas for readers (mainly parents) who are keen to avoid the ...

08Jul
Would a Kindle encourage my eight-year-old reluctant reader?

I was having this same discussion with a parent at work today. My advice was to find a book or books that the her child likes and go from there. All ...

08Jul

Well I am a librarian, and from experience I would say that a kindle (the basic one that doesn't have apps) isn't likely to encourage a reluctant ...

08Jul

Answers may vary hugely. A printed book gives you way more physical_feeling_with the story. You could even smell the pages if you like ! And ...

08Jul
What is the fictional death you'll never forget?

It has to be Beth in Little Women!

29May

Why don't you try out a remix of the SOLE learning approach of prof. Mitra ? You could give him a few easy-going tools to interact with, to get ...

29May

I am the chair of a board of governors of a large secondary academy. I agree with Priya, that its not just about education so ask about clubs, sports ...

28May
Is there really any point learning languages?

Learning languages will not only help us communicate with more people around the world, there are also cognitive benefits such as an increase in ...

28May

Yes, I think it is advantageous for anyone who speaks several languages. While translators work. They don't really convey the nuances of a particular ...

28May
I would like our 3 year old to learn a second language fluently. What should we do?

As a speech and language therapist, I work with many bilingual families. The best way to bring up a child bilingually, is to be consistent in your ...

28May
Secondary school visits - what should we ask?

I would ask about sports, extra curricular activities, and which universities children end up getting places for. I'd also ask if there was any extra ...

14May
Does the way a teacher dress affect pupils learning in lessons?

I think so. I think teachers do need to dress respectably, working with younger children however, I find colour is an absolute must as opposed to ...

14May
My 3-year-old keeps asking me 'why'. How can I answer all his questions?

Some great answers here already. When a child asks why, you must stop and listen - your child needs to know you are there for them. For a question ...

14May

I'm tempted to recommend[ the Louis CK approach](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sahSAMj8OIY) to answering the constant badgering of 'why?' but I'm ...

09May
What technology is available to improve how children with Special Education Needs learn?

This question got me thinking. I work with children who have some degree of learning difficulty. I personally feel, nothing beats real life ...

09May
How do we teach kids good life balance?

If you as a parent, make the effort to create a good life-balance, this will be instilled in your child, as they gain their experiences from what you ...

09May

Model it for your children! Start by determining what you need to achieve work-life balance **Utilize your breaks throughout the day: **Your ...

Q: What is the way to prevent summer learning loss?

A: I love Lorraine's recommendations as they are creative and can easily be added to the holiday routine. There will be some children however, who do ...

3 years ago

Q: Would a Kindle encourage my eight-year-old reluctant reader?

A: I was having this same discussion with a parent at work today. My advice was to find a book or books that the her child likes and go from there. All ...

3 years ago

Q: What is the fictional death you'll never forget?

A: It has to be Beth in Little Women!

3 years ago

Q: Is there really any point learning languages?

A: Learning languages will not only help us communicate with more people around the world, there are also cognitive benefits such as an increase in ...

3 years ago

Q: I would like our 3 year old to learn a second language fluently. What should we do?

A: As a speech and language therapist, I work with many bilingual families. The best way to bring up a child bilingually, is to be consistent in your ...

3 years ago

Q: Secondary school visits - what should we ask?

A: I would ask about sports, extra curricular activities, and which universities children end up getting places for. I'd also ask if there was any extra ...

3 years ago

Q: Does the way a teacher dress affect pupils learning in lessons?

A: I think so. I think teachers do need to dress respectably, working with younger children however, I find colour is an absolute must as opposed to ...

3 years ago

Q: My 3-year-old keeps asking me 'why'. How can I answer all his questions?

A: Some great answers here already. When a child asks why, you must stop and listen - your child needs to know you are there for them. For a question ...

3 years ago

Q: What technology is available to improve how children with Special Education Needs learn?

A: This question got me thinking. I work with children who have some degree of learning difficulty. I personally feel, nothing beats real life ...

3 years ago

Q: How do we teach kids good life balance?

A: If you as a parent, make the effort to create a good life-balance, this will be instilled in your child, as they gain their experiences from what you ...

3 years ago

Q: Should your family take a tech detox?

A: I think this is a great idea! Us adults should think about a tech detox too. Our lives are now reliant on phones, ipads, games etc. A break from all ...

3 years ago

Q: Teachers: how do you interact with parents?

A: Due to the nature of my job and to support the 'therapy' side of my work, I leave detailed notes in a child's work book after each of my sessions ...

3 years ago

Q: Can tech help when parents can't spend enough time with their kids?

A: Interesting question... If a parent has to work late or travels a lot, Skype is the obvious answer. Children need time and attention, so in these ...

4 years ago

Q: Are ebooks appropriate for infants?

A: I would be reluctant to use ebooks with infants. I'd say around 2, as Holly has mentioned is more appropriate - and times have now changed... My ...

4 years ago

Q: How can we improve reading habits in children?

A: Reading is something we all learn to love at different stages. There are several ways that you can encourage a child to develop a love of reading. ...

4 years ago

Q: Is insomnia a growing problem thanks to screens?

A: Personally, I find using a computer, even my phone prior to going to sleep, keeps me awake longer. I know other friends have also noticed this. If we ...

4 years ago

Q: Do your kids dream of working at companies like Apple?

A: I am interested to know! I will ask some children I know and find out.

4 years ago

Q: Is it inappropriate to be angry around kids?

A: Anger and being angry is a human emotion that children should be able recognise both in themselves and in others. They too, become angry after all. ...

4 years ago

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