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Boost your vocabulary!

By | 2017-11-02T15:10:55+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 [...]

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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10 new words per week is all it takes…

By | 2017-08-15T17:37:04+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Vocabulary building is vitally important for developing reading and comprehension skills in children, as well as in adults. The evidence suggests that teaching and learning 10 new words per week can make a huge contribution to a child’s, an adolescent’s (or even an adult’s) language and literacy abilities (Beck, McKeown & Kucan, 2013).  While the [...]

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Screen time + baby = late to talk ??

By | 2017-06-01T13:55:17+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

New evidence is emerging that young children who spend time on smartphone screens may be susceptible to expressive language delay. And for adults, it can have a negative effect on sleep. Experts say, if you want a good night’s sleep, keep the phone out of reach and out of the bedroom. Pick up a book instead!! [...]

What is old is new again…

By | 2017-05-17T14:18:30+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Many moons ago, phonics was used to teach spelling and reading decoding skills in schools. Not comprehension – that is a different skill. Decoding is sound-letter (phoneme-grapheme, to be more accurate) knowledge. It precedes comprehension. Then it went out of fashion. Dropped like a lead balloon. Boring, apparently. Not exciting enough. Goodness. Don’t get me started on [...]

Speech Sound Disorder

By | 2017-05-03T16:04:05+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

“Speech Sound Disorder typically presents in early childhood, and involves difficulty hearing, understanding and producing sounds in speech.” The Age, 2017. Children who have speech sound disorder are often difficult to understand when they talk, and, as a result, often become frustrated because they are not understood by parents and family. Research has shown that parents [...]

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Children prefer to read books, not screens….

By | 2017-04-04T11:19:50+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

And I thought I was the only one! Do you prefer to read books on a screen, or in the old-fashioned way? I much prefer to hold a lovely book in my hand and turn the pages, and it seems children do too, according to recent research. The research “also found that the more devices a child [...]

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