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The Apostrophe – a protected species?

By | 2018-11-07T12:47:01+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

I have to admit, I am, unashamedly, a grammar nerd. I guess that’s probably a good thing, considering I’m a speech pathologist…. There has been some talk recently of ridding our language of the innocent apostrophe (the 27thletter of the alphabet, no less). I needed to sit down when I read that. What the? Apparently [...]

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The importance of reading and language

By | 2018-10-31T13:41:44+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

It has been a while since I popped up a Facebook post. I’ve fallen out of love with Facebook recently (with so many scams, scandals and subversive spying) and I just needed a good time away. I’m sure it’s not got any better with my absence, but I thought it is probably time to start [...]

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Adolescents and reading and expired expectation…

By | 2018-03-22T07:49:12+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

So many adolescents struggle to read for pleasure, and as a parent there is a lot you can do. The phenomenon is called 'expired expectation', according to Margaret Merga from Curtin University, where some teens think that once they have learned to read, they don't need to continue. "If we really want out teenagers to [...]

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Welcome to 2018!

By | 2018-02-16T11:41:39+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

With the kids now back at school, Positive Speech is back open for appointments. To start the year off, I thought I’d share the wealth of Resources for the Public from Speech Pathology Australia, the national association for the profession. Included in their resources is a number of Fact Sheets on important topics related to [...]

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Reduce screen time!

By | 2017-12-13T10:16:06+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

More = physical activity Less = screen time The research is out! This week “The Australian 24-hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (birth to 5 years)” was released, encouraging parents and caregivers to limit screen time greatly (actually NO screen time for kids under 2) and devote a minimum of three hours of physical [...]

SPA Book of the Year Awards 2017

By | 2017-12-13T10:06:48+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year awards have been released. Great ideas for that Christmas stocking (I know, I know, now only 25 days away….eek! Where did the year go?) The winners are: Birth to 3 years - Noisy Nature written by Mandy A Kuhne, ilustrated by Alex Kuhne Three to 5 years [...]

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Boost your vocabulary!

By | 2017-12-13T10:06:57+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

“Vocabulary is the best single indicator of intellectual ability and an accurate predictor of success at school”.  W.B. Elley Teaching vocabulary is important, both on the part of parent and teacher. This article is directed more at classroom teachers, but parents can benefit from reading it, too, and helping their children to develop a robust [...]

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Do you read to your children?

By | 2017-09-29T06:47:32+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Do you read to your children? Even if your children know how to read independently, this doesn’t mean you need to stop. Why? You can teach your child more words to increase their vocabulary and promote optimal learning, language and literacy skills... You can help your child reduce his or her anxiety around reading aloud [...]

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Happy Speech Pathology Week!

By | 2017-08-30T10:37:23+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

During the week of 20th – 26th August, 2017, Speech Pathology Australia sought to promote the speech pathology profession and acknowledge the work done by speech pathologists across Australia. The theme for 2017 was "Communication access: everyone gets the message!" Because…..Communication is a basic human right. If you’re interested in finding out more, check out [...]

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Intrinsic motivation and learning – your internal carrot

By | 2017-08-22T11:05:03+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Interest + Engagement = Future Success While this article isn’t specifically about speech pathology, it does talk about an important key to success - engagement. Whether a child is learning in the classroom, or receiving intervention, his or her motivation to learn, to improve, and to develop is the key. “If students can be engaged [...]

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