smalltalk is a set of evidence-based strategies and resources that are shared with parents by a qualified facilitator during the course of a Supported Playgroup (usually two hours per week).
Some parents are also eligible for In-Home Support to help them use the smalltalk strategies in their homes. In-Home Support involves a qualified facilitator visiting a family in their own home. Parents participating in In-Home Support may also be attending a Supported Playgroup. During these home-based sessions, parents see practical examples of the smalltalk strategies, and have the opportunity to practice these ideas with guidance from a qualified facilitator.
The parent and the qualified facilitator go through an In-Home Support DVD together, which shows examples of the smalltalk strategies. The parent and facilitator then work together through the remainder of the session, practising the strategies modelled on the DVD, incorporating suggestions by the parent.