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 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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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

Speech and Language Milestones in the First Year

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Speech and Language Milestones in the First Year | Eastside Speech

Often as parents of infants (<12months old) we are very focused on the physical milestones of rolling, sitting and early walking as indicators of our child’s gross motor development. Did you know that there are equally important key skills we look out for in infants as they develop the potential of speech and language? Dr Robyn Cantle Moore and Kim … Read More

How do you feel today? – Early emotional language

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We learn about our feelings – both physical and emotional from our first day. If those early days and even weeks or months are unsettled or disrupted we easily miss out on those early learning experiences. As we settle into our lives in these early days, sometimes the interactions and routines that are established leave out the steps that help … Read More

Importance of Questions

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Questions, Questions, Questions. We all use questions in our everyday conversations. Some questions help us gain – information. These include “who, “what”, “where”, “when” and “how” questions. gain reassurance or confirmation, such as “Is it?” and “Does it?” check or test that the other person has understood; and give instructions politely or gently, such as ‘would you like to get … Read More

Phonological Awareness

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Literacy refers to the ability to read and write. However, in order to succeed at these skills, children need to first develop phonological awareness skills. Letter sound knowledge and phonological awareness skills are found to be predictors of reading success. These are often referred to as ‘pre-literacy’ skills or the building blocks for literacy. Phonological awareness refers to the knowledge … Read More

Enjoying The Christmas Season With Your Child With Special Needs

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The Christmas season whilst filled with many joyful things can be a tough time especially for families with special needs. Sometimes it can feel like there are endless struggles and meltdowns. Sometimes we may even wish our kids could just go back to school and have the structure and routine they are used to. It can be hard to navigate … Read More

Why is repetition important?

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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