Does my child need to read before they start school?

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Children do not need to be able “read” before starting school in order to go on to have good literacy skills. However, the evidence says that it is important that they recognise at least some letters and know the sounds that some letters make. For instance that the letter “m” makes a “mmmm” sound. Learning a few simple sight words … Read More

How can I help my child have good literacy skills?

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Speech pathologist helping child having good literacy skills

Here are a few ideas / tips to help your child with their literacy skills: Read to your child early and often! Parents who start to read to their children from early in life (even as infants) are more likely to continue- it becomes a great habit 😊. Start with with simple colourful books. Continuing to read to children helps … Read More

Improve Your Accent through Speech Therapy

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Why should I try & improve my accent? 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 … Read More

School Readiness Checklist

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Parents attending our clinic ask: “Do you think my child is ready for school?” Below is a guide to help you to think about your child’s school readiness. Remember: it’s a guide (not an exhaustive list) to provide a framework and some ideas about what you can help your child work towards as school approaches. It may also provide guidance … Read More

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 … Read More