Blog Archives - Newcastle Speech Pathology

  • 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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  • Rhyming – Phonological Awareness Skills

    Phonological Awareness Skills Rhyming Phonological awareness skills are a range of abilities which lay the foundation for learning to read and write. A child with strong phonological awareness can manipulate and play with the sounds in words. Some of these skills include: ● Hearing and counting syllables in a word ● Identifying rhyming words and […]

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  • Bilingual

    Have you ever dreamed of packing up and just taking off to another country? Giving your children the opportunity to learn a new language and culture? Maybe you dream of becoming fluent in another language. I confess that I envy my friends from all over the world who effortlessly speak multiple languages. They can segue […]

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  • What It’s Like Learning a “Gendered” Language

    Grace went to some lengths to immerse herself in the French culture during her travels. Those of us who have spoken English since we were born probably have not thought much about the notion of English being a “gender-neutral” language. I remember the first time this was brought to my attention was in French class […]

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  • Executive Functioning

    It was 8pm at night. My 14-year-old was relaxing in the lounge room playing her guitar. She looked content and relaxed. I wasn’t. I knew that the next morning she had a major assignment due. One that she had been given several weeks to complete, and one that had multiple parts to it – research, […]

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  • Strategies to Support Executive Functioning

    Executive functioning skills are intrinsic to our organisational, attention, self- regulation, memory and time management abilities. In my own family, my daughter experiences specific challenges: Organising her room and personal space Keeping track of belongings Packing for holidays and outings Becoming overwhelmed by details, or focusing on details and missing the ‘big picture’ Planning time […]

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