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Building your child’s vocabulary – Why is it so important anyway?

Between the ages of two and five, children learn at an extraordinary pace, understanding and remembering words they may have heard only once or twice. Strong spoken vocabulary is linked to high levels of reading comprehension and is necessary for developing skills like understanding and applying information heard. Having a …

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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?   …

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Book sharing – Make it interactive, for the love of language!

There is no such thing as “too young” to start sharing books with your child! The easiest way is to get your child into a regular book sharing routine. You will find you both cherish the special time together. Enjoy, as it does not last forever!! Sharing books interactively is …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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

I have been a Speech Pathologist for over 18 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 …

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Build the blocks for learning to spell, read and write.

  Wondering how you can help prepare your preschooler to learn how to read, spell and write? Ensuring your child has good speech and language skills is important. Also of critical importance is laying down some foundations for learning literacy at school. So – be inspired and get ready to have …

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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 …

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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 …

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