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  • Public Speaking Tips for Kids
    Children usually find public speaking scary at first. However, with the right focus and support they can learn to structure great speeches and deliver them with confidence. Here are 6 public speaking tips for kids to help them deliver great speeches more confidently.
    Posted: Tuesday 11 January 2022
  • Screen Time Warning!
    As Speech Therapist we frequently get asked about screen time. we often get aske for apps that will help with a child speech and language development. while there are many fantastic and evidence-based resources available, you can read on to find out about our general opinion about screen time.
    Posted: Monday 27 December 2021
  • Self Talk - A communication strategy to help your late talker
    The first thing you can do to help your late talker is something called self-talk. This is essentially just talking about what you’re doing. When you are around your child, talk about what you are doing. Describe what you are holding, the actions you are performing, what you see, how you feel, and what you hear, smell, or taste. Talk about all of this!
    Posted: Monday 27 December 2021
  • If a child’s speech and language skills are delayed at age six, then they were most definitely delayed at age five and four and three! The concerning thing is that the parent has decided, or even worse been advised, to “wait and see!”
    Posted: Monday 27 December 2021
  • Structured Literacy: Effective Instruction for Students with Dyslexia and Related Reading Difficulties.
    Structured literacy (SL) teaching is the most effective approach for students who experience unusual difficulty learning to read and spell printed words. The term refers to both the content and methods or principles of instruction. It means the same kind of instruction as the terms multisensory structured language education and structured language and literacy.
    Posted: Sunday 7 November 2021
  • What is Glue Ear (Otitis Media)
    If your child has glue ear, it means there is fluid in the space behind the ear drum. The medical term for Glue Ear is Otitis Media. The main symptom of glue ear is hearing difficulty. Hearing loss for long periods during the early years may affect speech and language development.
    Posted: Sunday 5 September 2021
  • Twice-Exceptional Kids: Both Gifted and Challenged
    Some children are highly gifted in areas such as math, writing or music. Then there are those with challenges that affect learning: They could have ADHD, dyslexia or dyscalculia, or perhaps they’re autistic or have sensory processing issues. But there are also kids who fit both categories. They’re called twice-exceptional, or 2e, which means that they have exceptional ability and disability. They are gifted in some way but they also face learning or developmental challenges.
    Posted: Thursday 26 August 2021
  • Supporting Children with Speech Sound Difficulties.
    As a parent, it can be hard to know how to support your child when they are experience speech sound difficulties. Speech sound difficulties may make it a real struggle to understand what your child is saying. This can lead to behaviour problems, feelings of worry, and frustration.
    Posted: Sunday 22 August 2021
  • What is Teletherapy?
    Teletherapy involves the delivery of professional services online by linking a clinician to their client for assessment, intervention, and consultation. More so than ever before in New Zealand, teletherapy is an essential model of service delivery for new assessments and continuity of ongoing therapy intervention and progress
    Posted: Sunday 29 March 2020
  • How to Help Your Child Use Early Sentences.
    It’s really exciting when children start to combine words into little sentences. This usually happens when they are about 30 months old, but it may happen later for children with language delays. There are many things you can do to help your child learn to use sentences. Whether your child is developing typically or has a language delay, you can talk to your child in a way that encourages his sentence development:
    Posted: Sunday 24 February 2019
  • Speech and Language Elicitation Strategies
    I am sharing with you four of my favourite strategies I share with parents and caregivers to help enhance their child’s speech and language skills. These strategies can be implemented anywhere! Try them while you help to dress your toddler, prepare meals, during play time at home, in the car or even at a fun place like at the park. The more you use these language elicitation strategies, the more your child should learn to understand and use words. So, please go ahead and try these techniques today. Have fun and don’t forget to praise your child for all of their attempts at speech and language, especially if they attempt or say something new!
    Posted: Friday 22 February 2019
  • HELP! My toddler isn't talking
    As a parent it can be hard to know what is "normal" communication development. Just like walking, toilet training, learning to read and every other developmental milestone, there is a wide range of what is considered to be “normal". It's more complicated than just giving you a number, nut i generally suggest to parents that by age two years their child should have a vocabulary of about 50 words and be beginning to link words together into 2-word phrases.
    Posted: Monday 18 February 2019
  • My top 10 tips to encourage early language
    Hearing your child talk for the first time is a very special milestone moment for most parents – especially the moment they first say “mummy” or “daddy”! For most children this seems to happen effortlessly. This isn’t always the case though. Some children take a bit longer to pick up language skills. Whether your child is an early talker or a later talker, these 10 tips will help you to support their language skills at home. One important thing before I start on this list though! For some children, following these tips will not be enough. If you are concerned that your toddler is not developing early language, get them referred to a speech and language therapist as soon as you can. The best intervention is early intervention. The earlier a child gets the help and support they need, the better the outcome will be.
    Posted: Monday 11 February 2019
  • Expressive v receptive language - what is the difference?
    Expressive and receptive language are frequently occurring terms when discussing a child’s language development. But what do they mean?
    Posted: Monday 11 February 2019
  • 5 Easy Tips to Increase your Child's Language
    Speech Language Therapists use a technique called “scaffolding” – which essentially means to increase or support language development by adding to what the child can say naturally. This helps the child to build upon his language in a naturally occurring context, without pressure.
    Posted: Saturday 9 February 2019

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