When is the best time to treat stuttering?

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What is stuttering? Stuttering is a disorder which causes people to have difficulty talking, particularly with their fluency of speech. It is most noticeable as repetitions of sounds in words, whole words and prolongations of sounds or pauses in speech known as ‘blocks.’ What does stuttering sound like? Below is some information about the types of stutters you may hear … Read More

Books are Brilliant

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All children need to experience books. Playing with the pages, looking at pictures and words in good old favourites or new books brings life-long benefits. Sharing books is associated with well-being and promotes literacy later at school. Many of us can remember the books that we loved as children, which still bring us joy as adults, and even more so … Read More

Five things you can do to support your child’s literacy


Parents play an important role with developing a child’s literacy skills. Here a five things you can do with your child at home to support their literacy skills: Set aside time for reading every day. Reading before bedtime is a good habit to get into. Use your finger to move across the page with each word to help your child … Read More

How to help your child develop their language skills


Is your child beginning to use their first words? Are you wondering how you can help develop their language even further? An important strategy you can use to help your child is called “OWLing”. Each letter stands for an important word: O – Observe It is sometimes hard to know what your child may be communicating to you. That’s why … Read More

Young Adult Communication


It is often thought that when young people start High School, they have fully developed their communication skills. However, these skills continue to develop throughout their teenage years. It may also be thought that by this time, all young people are on track with their spoken and written language. However, sometimes this is not the case, and difficulties can be … Read More

When is early speech intervention appropriate?


Many parents contact our clinic, concerned about their child’s speech and language, and are unsure if early intervention is appropriate. Our recommendation is always to come in and have an assessment, so then we will know if their child’s skills are appropriate for their age or not. Some families know early on that their child has a developmental delay and/or … Read More

When should a child start speech therapy?


This is an excellent question, and one that many parents ask when they contact our clinic about their child’s speech and language. The great thing is that speech and language development in children is highly researched, and we have clear guidelines about the developmental milestones that they should be reaching by particular ages. Here is a link which gives a … Read More

How do I know if my 2 year old needs speech therapy?


Children’s speech under the age of 3 is extremely variable. Some 2 year olds have amazing speech and communication skills, others do not. The best way to work out if you should have your two year old child’s speech and language reviewed by a speech pathologist is to know what most 2 year olds can do. Here is a guide. … Read More

Telehealth FAQs


Before COVID-19 many of us at Eastside Speech had used telehealth for our rural and remote clients, but the pandemic has taken our telehealth skills to the “next level”! A number of our clients now prefer to have speech therapy via telehealth. Here are some of the FAQs asked by clients and families who inquire about telehealth: What is Telehelath? … Read More

Did you know that Eastside Speech Solutions uses Telehealth?


In the context of speech therapy, telehealth is therapy using Skype, FaceTime, Zoom or another online platform. Telehealth was initially used for rural and remote communities but recently has been used for families who are not able to physically get to a speech therapy clinic for whatever reason. COVID19 has meant that we need to change how we work and … Read More