IF YOU ARE WORRIED, YOU ARE PROBABLY RIGHT

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A recent government study found that 20% of preschool children aged between 4-5 years had a speech sound disorder- this is one in five children. When parents were asked what they would do now that  they knew this information, many responded that they would wait until their child started school- that is they would not seek intervention earlier. What many … Read More

“THE THING IS- I STUTTER” MEGAN WASHINGTON TEDX

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A number of parents at our clinic have watched the Tedx talk by Megan Washington. She is a well known Australian singer/song writer who gave the talk – “The things is I stutter”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MegHiL93B0 Typically Megan doesn’t stutter when she sings, and loves singing for that reason – “it’s the only time that my words come out like I intend … Read More

CHRISTMAS- AN OPPORTUNITY TO DITCH THE IPAD

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An article published in the Sydney Morning Herald this year has prompted much parent discussion and some hand wringing in our clinic. http://www.smh.com.au/comment/kindergarten-speech-assessment-is-two-years-too-late-20130614-2o970.html In her article on June 15, speech pathologist Annemarie Laurence described a the detrimental effects of having kids “attached” to their iPads. Spending hours glued to a screen certainly gives parents peace and quiet whilst shopping, driving … Read More

TURNER’S STUTTERING RECOVERY

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I had fun watching the movie Parental Guidance with my kids over the holidays. Every member of the family found something that was funny. I was of course transfixed by poor Turner, the school aged kid who had a debilitating stutter. It’s really uplifting at the end when he “overcomes” his stutter when he follows his grandfather and starts sports … Read More

WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO HELP THESE KIDS…

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What group of school aged children will progress to adulthood and be: * 7 times more likely to have any form of anxiety disorder * 4 times more likely to have generalised anxiety disorder * 34 times more likely to have a diagnosis of social phobia * 3 times more likely to have a personality disorder? Answer: School aged stutterers … Read More

SPEECH TRAINING MAKES A DIFFERENCE- RAILCORP THINKS SO :)

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I’m sure I’m not the only one that shouted “hooray”, when they read “Sydney rail staff to get speech training” in the Sydney Morning Herald today. The article stated that “rail staff were going to be sent to speech classes to make their announcements on stations easier to understand”, in a bid to eradicate “muffled and incomprehensible announcements”. The NSW transport minister … Read More

WHAT IS THE STORY WITH A LISP?

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I was recently discussing with a friend how the Barcelonans actually call themselves “Barthelonans”. He then regaled me with an amusing story as to why, saying “TH” for “S” is actually peculiar to Spanish speakers in that region of Spain. The phenomenon is called Ceceo. Very few Spanish speakers in other parts of the world use this form of pronunciation. … Read More

THE IMPORTANCE OF READING

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I think Sam DeBrito’s article in the Sydney Morning Herald SMH 19/8/12  tapped into every parent’s greatest fear when their kids struggle with literacy. Literacy is the key to the door of participating in life – even looking for a job is virtually impossible without it. Sam’s experience of looking for literacy help also showed that even finding help with reading … Read More

SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT MY CHILD’S SPEECH

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Good speech impacts literacy and phonics and it is best not to let voice or language comprehension problems slow down your child’s ability to learn.  Don’t hesitate to have your child assessed if you,or a teacher or carer think they are not hitting their developmental milestones. Click here to read more about what to expect from your baby or child … Read More