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  • WHY IMPROVISATION SKILLS ARE IMPORTANT - AND BENEFICIAL FOR KIDS
    Improvisations teach the brain to actively listen, communicate verbally and non-verbally, be open to ideas, respond quickly in the moment, use imagination, collaborate, effectively use emotions, be more engaging, be flexible to change and be more aware of what’s going on around us. During improvisations, children learn to spontaneously create a script based on instant suggestions.
    Posted: Monday 9 May 2016
  • SPEECH + DRAMA - THE MOST IMPORTANT EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITY YOU CAN INVOLVE YOUR CHILD IN!
    With an abundance of extra-curricular activities available to children today, parents are often faced with the difficult decision of which activities to get their child involved in. Read her about the benefits of Speech + Drama classes and why it is an activity that shouldn't be overlooked!
    Posted: Monday 9 May 2016
  • DOES MY CHILD NEED SPEECH THERAPY?
    As a parent it can be hard to know what is "normal" development. Every child is unique and has an individual rate of speech and language development. Sometimes it is easy for parents to overlook the difficulties their child is having with speech.If you are concerned about any aspect of your child's speech, language or feeding development you can TALK TO US today!
    Posted: Friday 13 May 2016
  • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPEECH & LANGUAGE?
    I want to take a moment to explain the difference between speech and language and also define communication because these terms are important for parents and educators to understand.
    Posted: Thursday 27 April 2017
  • THE BENEFITS OF SPEECH AND DRAMA
    Communication is at the heart of how we relate to one another. We all need contact and connection in order to live a fulfilling life. Through communication we enhance our own understanding of ourselves; we make social connections and we develop relationships; we receive and give information and knowledge; we influence and we are influenced – by nature we are social animals and we need communication to remain healthy and positive.
    Posted: Monday 25 June 2018
  • RED FLAGS FOR SPEECH & LANGUAGE DELAYS
    Speech Therapists are the specialists in identifying and advising if your child has a speech and language delay. Know the red flags - and seek advice if you need to. Given the vital importance of communication to a child’s social mobility and life outcomes, EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION OF SPEECH & LANGUAGE DIFFICULTIES IS ESSENTIAL
    Posted: Saturday 11 August 2018
  • GIVING VOICE AWARENESS WEEK / 16-22 SEPTEMBER 2018 - Media Release
    Silence isn’t golden for 400,000 Kiwis The important role of Speech-language Therapists is being highlighted with a week-long campaign, Giving Voice Aotearoa 2018, to raise awareness of communication disabilities nationwide. 400,000 Kiwis have a communication disability, including an inability to speak and be heard easily, processing spoken and written language, and reading and following signs.
    Posted: Tuesday 11 September 2018
  • 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
  • Using Self Talk and Parallel Talk to Facilitate Toddler Language
    Pediatric speech-language therapists have their own ways for describing the 'types of talk' that benefit children. Two of the most simple language facilitation techniques are self talk and parallel talk. These two strategies are pretty straightforward: talk about what you are doing as your child watches (self talk), and talk about what your child is doing or seeing (parallel talk). These strategies tend to come pretty easily to most parents, although many certainly feel a bit silly talking a blue streak to a little one who doesn't yet always talk back. But it gets easier as you go! (It helps if you already engage in "self-talk" on a regular basis with no one around.)
    Posted: Saturday 9 February 2019
  • Using Expansion and Extension To Grow Your Child's Language
    As a pediatric speech-language therapist, I often use indirect language facilitation strategies to help grow a child's language. This time I m referring to expansion and extension - some indirect language facilitation strategies that parents can put in their language-boosting tool box. These strategies are built around a child's utterance (what the child says) and they do not require a response from the child.
    Posted: Saturday 9 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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