When should a child start speech therapy?

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When should a child start speech therapy? | Eastside Speech Solutions

This is an excellent question and one that many parents ask when they contact our clinic about their child’s speech and language skills. The great thing is that speech and language development in young children is highly researched, and we have clear guidelines about the developmental milestones that they should be reaching by particular ages. It is important not to … Read More

The Westmead and Oakville Programs

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The Westmead and Oakville Stuttering Programs | Eastside Speech Solutions

Trusted Stuttering Treatments for Your Child When it comes to stuttering, Australian Speech Pathologists use the Lidcombe Program as the most effective treatment for stuttering in young children. Whilst the Lidcombe program works for most children who stutter, what do we do when it doesn’t? New evidence-based treatments are beginning to make an appearance- the Westmead and Oakville programs. The … Read More

When should I worry about my child’s pronunciation?

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When should I worry about my child’s pronunciation? | Eastside Speech Solutions

Children learn to say certain sounds at different ages. Typically, the sounds that are easier to say are learnt earlier than others. The early sounds we would expect a child to be able to pronounce are p, b, m, t, d, n.  As children get older, they then learn the sounds that are harder to say… For example: By 3 … Read More

Why is repetition important?

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Why is repetition important? | Eastside Speech

Repetition is important, for learning and saying new words. When you are learning new words or teaching your child new words, repetition is important. Young children hear basic daily words thousands of times before they say and use them. They learn the different sounds. They learn to discriminate the sounds of words that are similar. They learn what the words … Read More

Book reading for Babies

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Book reading for Babies | Eastside Speech Solutions

It is never really too young to start reading books with your baby! Babies’ brains are developing foundations of language even before they are able to talk. Sharing with your child a love of books can not only facilitate a close bond with your child, but it can also encourage them to develop a love of reading and attain early … Read More

Should I “wait and see” if my infant child is showing early signs of autism (ASD)?

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Should I “wait and see” if my infant child is showing early signs of autism (ASD)? | Eastside Speech Solutions

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that emerges in infancy but is often not diagnosed until 3 years of age. As Speech Pathologists, we are often the “first port of call” for parents worried about their child’s speech and language development. As a result, we often see many very young children with characteristics of what may be the early … Read More

What types of Assisted Augmentative Communication are available?

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There are 2 types of AAC- high tech and low tech- read below to have them explained. 1.Aided AAC Aided AAC is any external item used to aid communication (Speech Pathology Australia, 2021). This includes, but is not limited to, communication boards, books, computers, mobile phones, tablets, or a speech generating device.  Aided AAC can be split into two categories: … Read More

Facts and Myths about AAC

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AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  Augmentative – refers to compensatory strategies used in conjunction with speech. Alternative – refers to alternative communication strategies to verbal output. Some children and adults with significant communication difficulties may need to find other ways to get their message across. You might have seen someone write in a book to answer a question … Read More

What is Autism, important things to know

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AUTISM: Understanding common characteristics | Eastside Speech Solutions

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong neurological disability affecting the way a person thinks, feels, and experiences their daily environment. It is typically characterised by differences in communication (verbal and non-verbal), social interaction, and behaviour. Pediatricians provide the formal diagnosis of autism. Autism is often diagnosed when a child demonstrates difficulties in two main areas: social communication and/or interactions … Read More

Stuttering, what help is available?

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Stuttering, what help is available? | Eastside Speech Solutions

What is Stuttering? Stuttering is a speech disorder which is defined by dysfluencies in a person’s speech. The cause of stuttering is not currently known but research has shown some relation to genetics. That is, if there is a history of stuttering in the family, there is a likelier chance that your child may stutter. Stuttering can be characterised by: … Read More