When is the best time to treat stuttering?

eastsideFAQs, Stuttering

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

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

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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

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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

When is early speech intervention appropriate?

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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?

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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?

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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

Did you know that Eastside Speech Solutions uses Telehealth?

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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

How can speech therapy help people who are hard of hearing or deaf?

eastsideFAQs, PROMPT

Some clients who are hard of hearing or who are deaf choose not to use speech as a means of communication; they use Auslan, which is the sign language we use in Australia. However, for those clients who wish to use speech as a means of communication, speech therapy is extremely beneficial & helpful in enabling them learn how to … Read More

What is involved in helping me with my accent?

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It is important to first establish what sounds are challenging for you and have the greatest impact on how well you are understood. A comprehensive assessment of your speech is necessary so goals and priorities can be set. An assessment of your speech sounds, your speaking rate, and how you emphasise words is important. After this is done it will … Read More

Why should I try & improve my accent?

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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