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  • An Overlooked Toy for Language Development…

    One of the most underrated toys that we have to play with our children is one that is adaptable, portable, free and most importantly a great deal of fun! It’s you as a parent. When you and your child play together not using other toys, you replace the toy. This is a great thing to […]

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  • What to do if your little one starts stuttering

    Last week in our blog, we talked about some of the symptoms of stuttering (also known as stammering or dysfluency). This week we will talk about what to do if your little one starts showing signs of a stutter. As we mentioned in the previous blog, everybody makes mistakes while speaking, corrects themselves and occasionally […]

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  • Symptoms of Stuttering

    Have you ever found yourself stuck in the middle of a sentence, perhaps repeating the last word you said over and over again while you wait for the next word to come out? Or perhaps you’ve stumbled all over your words and the sentence you tried to say makes no sense to those around you. […]

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  • Conductive Hearing Loss and What You Need to Know

    What does Conductive hearing loss have to do with Speech and Language? As a parent of a preschooler or young school aged child, do you become frustrated by your child’s “selective hearing”? Does your child frequently need instructions repeated to them? Maybe your child is not responding to soft speech sounds like s, sh, f, […]

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  • Recasting and why you need to learn it!

    This is the last blog in our series on speech development in children. See what other topics we’ve covered to learn more. As we have discussed in previous blogs, our little ones don’t learn to speak clearly all at once, but slowly over a number of years. This process of learning involves making mistakes and […]

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  • Lisps

    This is the third instalment in our series of blogs on children’s speech. Check out our previous blogs on Speech Sound Development and Intelligibility. When I tell people what I do, people often ask ‘do you work with lisps?’. This is actually a very small part of my caseload, but we do see it sometimes. A […]

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  • Speech Sound Development

    If you’ve ever watched a child learn to speak, you’ll know that they don’t suddenly open their mouths and say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.When children are first learning there are lots of words that are too tricky for them to say. So cat, might sound like ‘tat’ for a few months, and sticker might sound more like ‘dider’. […]

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  • Speech and Intelligibility

    Intelligibility All this month in our blogs, we’re talking about speech sound disorders. One of the words you’ll hear a lot when talking about speech is ‘intelligible’. Intelligibility is how clear and comprehensible a person’s speech is. If a child is 100% intelligible, that means that everyone can understand everything they say. If you find […]

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  • Getting It Right – Reflections From A Mother Who has Been Right Where You Are

    Alison McDonald, Certified Practising Speech Pathologist Being a parent is a tough gig. No one can disagree. Along the journey, we are often plagued by doubts in our parenting abilities, and swallowed by the uncertainties of what results our efforts will reap. In my early years as a mum, I was swept up thinking about […]

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  • My Favourite Words

    A strong, robust vocabulary is a very important part of being a proficient English language user. A rich vocabulary helps us to express our thoughts, hopes and desires with accuracy and clarity. As speech pathologists we regularly work with our clients to help develop their vocabulary. Often, we will work on less common, but highly descriptive words (such as ‘enormous’ or ‘huge’) to give our clients an alternative to a common, but broad word (like ‘big’). While reflecting on the work we do in this area, I started thinking about how some words hold more importance to me than others.

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