ERA 2014 Finalist

Supporting Quiet Children


ISBN: 9781903670903


(4 customer reviews)

Help reluctant talkers become confident talkers in early years and Key Stage One settings. This practical book (52pp, A4) focuses on quiet, shy and sensitive children and those with extreme anxiety about talking. The detailed introduction explains why some children need support and explains some of the reasons that can cause a reluctance to communicate. It includes 40 exciting tried-and-tested activities and provides straightforward advice on how you can create a positive and supportive atmosphere in your setting and build positive links with families.


  • 52 pages
  • A4 Landscape
  • Spiral bound

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4 reviews for Supporting Quiet Children

  1. Primary Teacher Update Awards Tester

    “This book was very well written and gave me a new perspective on quiet children. I previously found it quite difficult to deal with quiet children and this book gave lots of simple, logical suggestions. An excellent resource book for teachers, especially teachers of special needs. Lots of practical ideas that are easy to implement and children enjoyed doing the tasks. It’s good value for money.”

  2. Kelly, Amazon Review

    “Important messages about how all adults involved with the child need the same positive attitude are given throughout the book. The examples of positive ways to phrase things about the child and to the child are really helpful. I found the advice about talking indirectly to the child through the familiar adult whom the child usually feels comfortable to talk to particularly useful and have been sharing this advice with others. The ‘all about me’ boxes (page 18) are a brilliant idea that I have seen working in practice. This book is an easy read, simply to follow and a great resource for parents and professionals.”

  3. Barbara Allen-Williams, National Centre for High Sensitivity

    “With plenty of help and advice about how we as adults can influence the quiet children around us and also lots of wonderful ideas for engaging children with very simple yet specific exercises, projects and games that children are bound to enjoy, this book does seem to hit the mark for professionals and parents who want a resource at their fingertips that takes the whole child into consideration.”

  4. Libby Hill, Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, Smart Talkers Pre-School Playgroups

    At last… a resource which will help and inspire. It gives insights into why some children are confident talkers at home but quiet or even silent at nursery. It looks at how anxiety can play a part and how to make children feel more comfortable. They discuss the issue of ‘quiet’ children, ones who are just shy, those with high sensitivity and those who are learning English as a second language, as current research confirms that they will probably go through a silent phase too. I would recommend this book to any practitioners who have a quiet child in their group and also those who haven’t… because sooner or later they will have, and this will provide all the suggestions they need. It is also good for speech and language therapists to be able to suggest to schools and nurseries.”

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