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Summer News

By | 2018-12-12T16:15:03+00:00 December 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Positive Speech wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Our office will be closed for the summer from Thursday 20 December 2018 and will reopen for appointments on Tuesday 29 January, 2019. We look forward to working with our clients in the new year. 

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Need some Christmas stocking ideas?

By | 2018-12-05T12:46:40+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year awards have been finalised for 2018, and here are the winners: Indigenous children: Sorry Dayby Coral Vass (Illustrations by Dub Leffler) Birth to 3 years: Heads and Tailsby by John Candy (Illustrations by John Candy) Three to 5 years: Rodney Loses It!Written by Michael Gerard Bauer (Illustrations by Chrissie Krebs) [...]

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Voice disorders – so common, yet often left untreated…

By | 2018-11-21T16:11:49+00:00 November 21st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

Vocal overuse can be caused by many things, including infection and psychological trauma, and voice-laden professions such as teaching are particularly affected. The overarching term for voice disorders or problems is ‘dysphonia’ and losing your voice can be devastating. It can have a huge effect on your quality of life, including economic, social and emotional [...]

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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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