Why does my child stutter?

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Children may stutter due to a number of reasons. Often, children who stutter have a family history of stuttering. Around 70% of Children who stutter have a family history, but researchers feel that the incidence is likely to be much higher than this.  Some recent studies have reported that some adults who stutter have differences in the areas of their … Read More

What is stuttering?

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Stuttering is a relatively common childhood speech problem that occurs during the early preschool years, usually starting between the ages of 2 and 3. Some children can start stuttering later, however it generally starts before the school years. It can present in a variety of different ways and is sometimes not identified by parents and caregivers because of this. Stuttering … Read More

Does my Child have Dyslexia?


This is not a simple question to answer! There is no single test for dyslexia. If your child has difficulties reading, they don’t necessarily have dyslexia. Dyslexia is diagnosed by a psychologist who administers a number of tests and questionnaires to determine the reason for your child’s learning difficulties. What we know about Dyslexia: It is neurobiological in nature (ie … Read More

What should I do when I read to my preschooler?


Whilst simply reading to your preschooler is beneficial, there a few extra things parents can do to make reading extra valuable and promote literacy & language development. Brenda Dalheim, Head of learning support at Claremont College in Sydney makes the following suggestions: “Whilst reading to your child, point to some of the words. Your child will benefit greatly by learning … Read More

Does my child need to read before they start school?


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?


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


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


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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


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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