Speak With A Picture


Speak With A Picture (SWAP) is a project funded for pre-school children aged 2-4 years old who live in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

The programme is designed to support children who experience social and communication difficulties and supports them and their families to learn to communicate using pictures of real objects.


The programme runs over a 10 week period and is made up of parent sessions and individual child sessions. The 5 parent sessions focus on demonstrations and presentations to inform parents on how to implement SWAP at home and in their wider community. The 5 child sessions are designed to suit the individual needs of each child and we work with parents to model attention & listening and play skills and provide them with the tools and technique in how to support their child to begin to become an independent communicator using symbols.

The feedback from the families is extremely positive

  • 100% of parents stating that they would recommend SWAP to other families
  • 100% of parents felt that they had seen a reduction in challenging behaviours
  • 100% of parents seeing a positive increase in their child’s social interaction skills.

Please contact annmarie.lyonsmummery@sycamoretrust.org.uk or call 020 8517 9317 for further information.

To download the SWAP Referral Form, click here


SWAP Is funded by NCIL in Barking & Dagenham and by the Openwork Foundation in Havering and Redbridge.