Why should I try & improve my accent?

Eastside SpeechAccent Modification, FAQs

Not everyone needs to improve their accent- but if your pronunciation means that people can’t understand you, then that might be a sign that you would benefit from some help. Not being understood is frustrating for you, frustrating for your listeners, and can have a serious impact on your ability to pass your degree or progress in your career. We … Read More

Don’t all children lisp?

Eastside SpeechFAQs

Many people say a child “lisps” when they say “th” instead of “s”  (eg. thing instead of sing). Until children are about 3.5 years, it is normal for children not to be able to say their “s” sound correctly. After about 3.5 years, a lisp is not seen as a normal part of speech development, but as a speech error.  … Read More

Won’t my Child’s pronunciation difficulties be fixed at school?

Eastside SpeechFAQs

Many parents are aware that their children have trouble pronouncing some sounds, but assume that it will naturally improve or be “fixed” when their child gets to school.  Whilst thinking this is understandable, here are a few things to keep in mind:  It is not developmentally normal for children to start Kindergarten with speech errors. Children learn different speech sounds … Read More

When should I worry about my child’s pronunciation?

Eastside SpeechFAQs

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

Isn’t it normal for children not to be able to say some sounds?

Eastside SpeechFAQs

Depending on their age, it is normal for children not to be able to say some sounds, as they learn to say different sounds at different ages. Early speech sounds are made by infants and toddlers using their lips and  the front of their tongue (m, p, b, t, d, n). This is explains why most names for parents and grandparents around the world … Read More

Are all speech pathologists trained in PROMPT©?

Eastside SpeechFAQs, PROMPT

Are all speech pathologists trained in PROMPT©? | Eastside Speech Solutions Sydney

Not all therapists are trained in PROMPT © – it is taught at a post-graduate level. The PROMPT © institute website enables families for find PROMPT © trained clinicians at introductory, and more advanced levels of training: https://www.promptinstitute.com/search/advanced.asp Is there any research to support it? There is a significant body of research underpinning the theoretical approach, as well as the … Read More

Who would benefit from PROMPT© therapy?

Eastside SpeechFAQs, PROMPT

Who would benefit from PROMPT© therapy? | Eastside Speech Solutions Sydney

All of our clients would benefit from from PROMPT Therapy! Those with straight forward speech pronunciation challenges benefit from the extra sensory input of touch to help them to learn new speech movements Those who wish to improve their accent- PROMPT © therapy is especially helpful in teaching people how to say vowels- the parts of speech that impact our … Read More

How is PROMPT therapy different from regular speech therapy?

Eastside SpeechFAQs, PROMPT

PROMPT© stands for: Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. When a therapist uses PROMPT© they physically move a client’s face and speech structures (jaw, tongue and lips) to help them to know how to say words and phrases. Using this technique, clients don’t need to rely on what they see & hear to copy how to produce particular sounds … Read More

Should I seek treatment for my child’s stutter?

Eastside SpeechFAQs, Stuttering

Why should I seek treatment from a speech pathologist for my child’s stutter? There are many reasons why we encourage parents to seek help for their children’s stutter as soon as they notice it. Children are likely to be aware of their stuttering shortly after it starts, and it may cause distress. Some studies have shown that stuttering may result … Read More