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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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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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People cannot understand my child?!

You may be a parent who finds themselves constantly translating to others, what your child is saying. Should you be concerned? Your child may be getting frustrated at not being able to get their message across. When is this a problem? Some children can be difficult to understand when in …

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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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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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