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  • 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
  • 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 chances, EARLY IDENTIFICTION AND INTERVENTION IS ESSENTIAL.
    Posted: Saturday 11 August 2018
  • THE BENIFITS 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
  • HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD NEEDS TO SEE A SPEECH THERAPIST?
    First, it is important to note that children progress at different rates. That said, it is common for parents to miss the warning signs pointing to a speech and or language delay in their child. Parents, this is not your fault! It is our job as Speech-Language Therapists (SLT) to increase awareness and help you know what to look for.
    Posted: Tuesday 26 September 2017
  • 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
  • IT IS IMPORTNT TO ADDRESS SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DELAYS EARLY ON
    Is your child a late talker? Does your child have difficulty following directions or answering questions? Does your child have difficulty pronouncing certain speech sounds? Do you wonder whether your child might have delayed speech or language skills compared to other children his age? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions it is best to contact a Speech-Language Therapist (SLT) for an assessment of your child’s speech and language skills. No age is too early to meet with an SLT for an assessment to decide if an intervention plan is needed.
    Posted: Tuesday 25 April 2017
  • ENHANCE YOUR CHILD'S COMMUNICATION
    As a parent it can be hard to know what is "normal" speech + language development. Language develops at different rates for different children. Here is some tips from a Speech Therapist on the many ways parents can enhance their child's communication development.
    Posted: Tuesday 7 March 2017
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS FOR CHILDREN.
    Being able to communicate confidently in front of a group is a hugely valuable skill. The earlier children learn these skills - the earlier they normalize them. Being able to speak to an audience with out fear is a life skill the every child should learn, or be taught to achieve.
    Posted: Tuesday 17 January 2017
  • DOES THE USE OF DUMMIES AFFECT SPEECH + LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT?
    As a Pediatric Speech Therapist I frequently get asked the questions, "would the use of a dummy have affected my child's speech development?" Dummies have been used with young children for many years. A dummy is an object “that a baby is given to suck so that the baby feels comforted and stays quiet” and is usually made of rubber or silicon. Despite their popularity and long history, the use of dummies is a controversial topic among professionals and parents/carers.
    Posted: Friday 13 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
  • WHY IMPROVISATION SKILLS ARE IMPORTANT - AND BENEFICIAL FOR KIDS
    During Giant Leaps Speech + Drama Classes ALL children are taught and encouraged to participate in improvisations. As well as being FUN, the befits if Children improvising are much much more....
    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

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