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Weekly tips for building positive relationships and communication skills with your preschooler

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  • October Theme: Using a Variety of Words

    It’s easy to get into a trap of only giving our children names for things and we can easily forget about other types of words like action words or describing words. Check out the other communication corner tips this month for ways to build these words into your child’s vocabulary.

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  • September’s Theme: Theory of Mind

    In a nutshell, this means being able to tune-in to other people, and understand that their thoughts, ideas and beliefs can be different to ours. This is a very important realisation for all our Little People. This knowledge affects our ability to have a conversation, understand why people do and say the things they do, tell a story, take turns and even make friends.

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  • August’s Theme: Music and Language

    Music and Language Week One: Nursery Rhymes Parents have sung nursery rhymes with their children for generations. These sweet little songs provide us with such joyful interactions with our children. Music and songs can play an important role in your child’s life, whether they grow up to be a concert pianist or not! Our communication […]

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  • July’s Theme: Winter Warmers

    Winter has arrived and here are some great ideas to keep the language flowing in your home

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  • June’s Theme: Encouraging our Children to Take Turns in Conversation

    Week One: Taking Turns in Conversations As we have discussed in previous Communication Corner publications, children learn language through conversation and interaction. Conversations should flow back and forth from one person to the other, without one person dominating the conversation. So, when our children have something to say, we want to respond in ways that […]

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  • May’s Theme: Quality Trumps Quantity

    Week 1. Quality Interactions It makes sense that children need to hear a lot of language before they master using it themselves. However, simply hearing lots of words does not mean that our children will automatically become great talkers and language learners. Research now clearly shows that it is the quality of the interaction or […]

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  • April’s Theme: Using Routines to Build Language

    Week 1: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat! Kid’s love doing the same thing over and over and over again. While it can frustrate or bore us as parents, it really does help kids learn! Children learn language through interaction and repetition. Our days with young children are often filled with repetition and familiar routines. Perhaps you have […]

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  • March’s Theme: Take Time for Conversations

    Week 1: Conversations are crucial fordeveloping your child’s language skills. It may seem as though your child istalking to you all day long. But what does a healthy conversation look like? Conversations take two. They are a beautiful dance that includes looking into each other’s eyes, taking turns to share a look, a glance, a […]

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  • February’s theme: Adding Language to Interactions

    Week 1: Add a Variety of Words Children learn language through interaction and new experiences. As children experience new things, parents can give them the language they need to describe the experience. It often comes naturally to say things like ‘look! There’s a puppy’ while out and about. This is great for teaching the names […]

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  • January’s theme: Follow your child’s lead

    Tips to prepare your child for school. Brought to you by Newcastle Speech Pathology. We understand. Find us on Facebook and Instagram. Week 1: Spend some time watching your child play. What is he interested in, what has caught her attention? Get down on their level and get involved in the game. You can try […]

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