About Us

Sharon Garforth is a Speech and Language Therapist, who graduated in 1983 from Sheffield University with a Bachelor of Medical Science (Speech) degree. She is also a member of The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and of the Health Professions Council.

For 10 years, Sharon has worked with children under the age of 5 in Shropshire, during which time she developed the Attention and Listening in the Early Years programme. She has gone on to train many Early Years practitioners in Shropshire to run Attention and Listening in the Early Years, as well as training other Speech and Language Therapists, and Early Years Advisory teams, as trainers.

In June 2009 the book about the programme, Attention and Listening in the Early Years by Sharon Garforth, was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (www.jkp.com), with world rights. The book sold 329 copies in the first 6 months.
Reviews of the book and programme, included:
  • 'The format is extremely accessible for playgroup and preschool leaders and speech and language therapists ... very useful for the preschool staff it targets'  Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.


  • 'Cost effective resource for busy staff ... will be of particular benefit to students, newly qualified (speech and language) therapists and assistants, or for therapists to recommend to other early years practitioners'  Speech and Language Therapy in Practice.
  • 'Overall I would recommend this book to Early Years practitioners, especially those looking for enjoyable and alternative ideas for circle time. It would also be useful for recently qualified SLTs working in preschool settings and student SLTs. I was inspired to try out some of the activities in a small language group for three year old children, and found them very successful!' National Association of Professionals Concerned with Language Impairment in Children
  • 'An innovative course of ideas by Sharon Garforth for groups of children aged 2-4 years, built around themes such as the park or the zoo; to help them to pay attention by sitting still, not talking, looking at the speaker and thinking about the spoken words - all vital skills for good listening. Sessions last around 15 minutes making this an ideal resource for early years practitioners and speech and language therapists as an alternative to circle time' Sense Toys

    Sharon can be contacted either by email on sgarforth@live.co.uk or by 'phone on 07985 084 682.




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