Talking Tips For Kids project

Here at Turtle Canyon we get to work on some fascinating and groundbreaking projects, from the Millenium Development Goals to viral music videos and from award-winning short films and TV pilots to teaching local school children how to make their very own films about the topics they care about. We recently completed one such project, a multimedia tool for parents to better help the development of their children. Talking Tips For Kids was shot in August last year and has been painstakingly produced to precise standards and is now available to watch and buy. A must for new parents…



Talking Tips for Kids is a new website and free App that gives parents innovative new tools to help their child get a head start in the communication stakes.

Speech and Language Therapist Fiona Barry has used her wealth of experience to develop a series of short films that use simple ‘parent-child interaction strategies’ to show parents how even small changes can help their child become happier, chattier and more confident.

You can watch the free films here.

Parents are the key to unlocking children’s communication skills and the good news is that it’s never too early or too late to start. Evidence shows that what parents do at home with their children is more important to language development than class, ethnicity, education or wealth (1)

Children with strong speaking and listening skills are more likely to make friends easily, do well at school, stay out of trouble and thrive in the workplace as adults. In fact a child’s vocabulary at the age of five is a strong indicator of future qualifications and achievements (2)


A recent Parliamentary review into services for children with communication difficulties – The Bercow Report – described the ability to communicate as ‘an essential life skill for all children and young people in the twenty-first century.’(3) But in some areas of the UK as many as 50% of children start their school career without adequate language skills.

With films spanning the pre-natal to five-years age range, as well as films tailored specially for Dads and even Grandparents, Talking Tips For Kids has something for every young family. There’s even a film exploring how the use of dummies can affect a child’s speech.

Dr Max Pemberton, columnist for The Daily Telegraph, comments, ‘Talking Tips For Kids is a brilliant resource…With her sensible, no nonsense approach, Fiona Barry gives evidence-based advice, tips and guidance. I recommend this to every parent. It shows that helping your child with their communication skills can be easy, rewarding and best of all, fun.”

Priced at £2.99 each, the films are directly downloadable from the website Talking Tips For Kids or can be purchased individually through the free app.

Contact Patrick Barry, 07764482255, @TalkTipsForKids,

Turtle Canyon Media are full-service production company with more than 10 years’ experience in video and film production, working with clients from a wide range of sectors and producing video content for a variety of media including broadcast commercials, music videos, short films, web promotions, communication films, documentaries, viral videos, events and training videos.



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