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  • Reading Books with Little People

    I adore children’s books. I love the simple, hilarious stories, the anthropomorphised animals, and the amazing illustrations. Reading books with young children is an absolute joy for me and as a Speech Pathologist it’s now a significant part of my job! When sharing books with our children, we’re creating opportunities for them to learn language. […]

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  • Using Books to Build Conversation

    As we’ve already discussed in our previous blog, my goal when reading with children is always to interact with them and have a conversation, not to finish the book or to ‘tell’ them a story. On that note, here are some ways you can have a conversation while reading with your little one: 1. Follow […]

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  • Caring For Your Voice When You’re Under The Weather

    Welcome to winter! Are you ready to embrace the frosty mornings and nippy nights? If you’re like me, winter this year has caught me off guard. Surely it was only a few weeks ago that I was tidying up the pool toys! I’ve already had a nasty cold and winter has barely begun. When you’re […]

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  • Muscle Tension Dysphonia

    Here at Newcastle Speech Pathology we work with people of all ages who experience many different communication difficulties. One particular area we enjoy working in is helping those with voice disorders. Unfortunately voice disorders are not very well known in the general public and people often don’t realise that Speech Pathologists can help improve your […]

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  • Eight Reasons To Take Care Of Your Voice

    How often do you think about your voice? Like most of us, you probably consider your voice as a tool that gets the job done. Unless you’re a singer you don’t give it a second thought until, that is, it stops working for you. When our voices don’t sound like they should, whether through a […]

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  • Books and Babies

    I love reading. One of my greatest pleasures after my first baby was born, was to take some quiet moments to read a chapter of a book whilst she was feeding. She turned out to be a difficult, slow feeder, so books were my escape while we battled on through the tumultuous feeding times. At […]

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  • Tips to Help your Toddler Learn to Talk

    To learn language, children need to watch and listen to good talkers. They learn sounds, words, and new ideas by engaging in quality interactions with adults and older speakers. They need to hear new words and sounds, and practice taking turns in conversations. Your child may add her own babbling sounds or make different facial […]

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  • Activities to Encourage First Words

    Listen for everyday sounds and ask your child, “What’s that?”. Encourage your child to listen carefully and to guess what is making the sound. Then track it down and discover the source of the sound. Stand toys, one at a time on the lid of the box. When your child is watching make the toys […]

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  • She said “Mum!”

    There are few times in life as exciting as when your child first says your name. I remember sitting on my bed trying to balance getting my shoes on, giving my husband some instructions and keeping an eagle eye on my baby who was busy behind me thumping the pillow. Suddenly without any warning, my […]

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  • Counting Syllables – Phonological Awareness Skills

    Phonological Awareness Skills Counting Syllables Phonological awareness skills are a range of abilities which underpin literacy development. A child with strong phonological awareness is able to manipulate and play with the sounds in words. Some of these skills include: ● Hearing and counting syllables in a word ● Identifying rhyming words and producing rhyming pairs […]

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