Learn

Communication Development – What to expect from the 1 – 2 year old

Lets continue the journey of understanding communication development, with a focus on the toddler aged 12 to 24 months… Receptive Language (Understanding of Language) 12 – 18 months * Follows routines well * Uses play items appropriately * Simple directions are followed e.g. “Push the car” * Identifies familiar objects from …

READ MORE →
Learn

Sss. Sss. Stuttering

“When I grow up and get married, will my wife know that I stuttered?” A nine year old boy asked me this in one of his therapy sessions. I certainly felt privileged that he allowed me insight into his internal world of wonder and worry; as often it is parents, …

READ MORE →
Learn

Maintaining one culture whilst living in another

Top tips for passing on your homeland language and culture onto your children.  For those of you born and raised, speaking only English – could you imagine if you and your family moved to a completely non-English speaking country? Would you forget all about your homeland culture, and not speak …

READ MORE →
Learn

Rearing Resilience – How do we help children ‘bounce back’ from life’s setbacks?

This is such an important life skill – managing the stresses of everyday; the larger stresses that life can bring, and learning how to move on from these setbacks. Resilience is certainly something many adults also strive to further develop and build. Some seem more resilient than others “naturally”. So …

READ MORE →
Laugh

Answering tricky questions!

Answering tricky questions is just part of the parenting gig! My personal philosophy is to be truthful, which has its challenges and really relies on words being chosen carefully. Here’s a taste of some dialogue between me and my four year old in recent times – no doubt many parents/ carers (and …

READ MORE →
Learn

Communication – What to expect from Birth to 12 months

Communication development in the first twelve months is always exciting, as you experience your little one becoming more and more responsive as each month rolls around. So what can you expect to observe in the first year? Receptive Language (Understanding of Language) Birth                      * Learning of language begins at birth …

READ MORE →
Learn

Marvellous Maestros

I love giving instruments as gifts to younger children – the parents often roll their eyes at me, with a half-hearted ‘thanks’ as they imagine the “noise” that will soon descend upon them… But hey, it will keep the kids busy, and even busier and more fun, if you can …

READ MORE →
Love

Do you have the most important things on your list?

So you think you’re good at writing lists? Shopping lists, daily task lists, weekly task lists, yearly task list, holiday list… AND THE LIST GOES ON! In all your listing, have you ever listed; What makes you happy? Who you have to forgive? Ways that you show yourself love?   …

READ MORE →
Learn

Your child’s screen time habits – don’t get so defensive!

I have been a Speech Pathologist for over 16 years; and the question I have NEEDED to ask parents more than ever, is “How much screen time does your child have a day?” Screen time includes iPad, TV, phone, computer, portable and car TV/ DVD players, handheld screen games. Why …

READ MORE →
Love

The joys of journaling

In my younger years, one of my absolute favourite things was keeping a journal. I loved my padlocked pages (mind you, you could easily open it with a bobby pin, but I don’t think my brothers realised that?!). What was so cool, was finding one of my journals many years …

READ MORE →