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  • 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
  • Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development through the ages
    There are so many activities parents can do to encourage speech and language development. Most important of all - have fun! we know that children learn beast when they are having fun! Enjoy all of those precious little interactions as you go about our daily activities and routines together.
    Posted: Saturday 28 March 2020
  • How to communicate with children who have unclear speech
    It is important to build positive experiences of communication experiences for all children. it si especially important for children whose speech is hard to understated. These are some simple things anybody can do to successfully talk to a child with unclear speech
    Posted: Saturday 28 March 2020
  • Self Talk - A communication strategy to help your late talker
    Self Talk - this is essentially just talking about what you’re doing. You’re going to feel like you’re just talking to yourself but it will help! 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! Your child will learn from hearing you talk about all of those things
    Posted: Saturday 28 March 2020
  • Ages and Stages – Language Development Milestones
    Babies, toddlers and children all go through various stages when it come to learning language. Here is a list of things you can look for with your own child(ren). Please remember that these are averages. However, if you have any concern with regards to your child’s language development please contact a Speech-Language Therapist . We know that the best intervention is EARLY INTERVENTION and a parent will never regret seeking the advice of a speech therapist too early!
    Posted: Tuesday 23 April 2019
  • Our “wait and see” approach to the speech and language development of young children in New Zealand is nothing short of alarming! Speech and language acquisition can be significantly accelerated with intervention. We know that the window of opportunity is greatest when a child is very young. Within the first five years of the life, the brain has the most plasticity for learning new things and new information. Intervening early for children with speech and language needs makes a real difference to their future growth and development.
    Posted: Monday 25 March 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
  • Top 5 Signs your child needs to see a Speech and Language Therapist
    Do you have concerns that your child might not be meeting developmental milestones? Do you look around at other children of a similar age and worry that your child is much further behind? Here are my top 5 signs that indicate that you might need a speech and language evaluation.
    Posted: Sunday 24 February 2019
  • Four 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
  • 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

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