Spring is here and as we welcome the longer days and warmer weather, there seems to be a new energy buzzing as we shake of the winter woollies and enjoy the sunshine on our faces. This month we will have a look at a few spring-themed activities to build your child’s language and communication. Week 1: Notice the Changes The warmer weather means more opportunities for getting out and about. Now is a great time to focus on teaching your child new words to describe the changes h
Week 1: Play-Doh Cooking Verbs are words which describe actions, or describe what someone is doing. Words like, ‘run’, ‘push’ and ‘live’. Verbs are super important words. You can’t make a single sentence without one! Our children need a large vocabulary of verbs if they are going to move towards speaking in more complex sentences. This month, we will share some activities that will help promote their knowledge of ‘doing words’. This week, let’s see what verbs come up as we m
Week 1 – Laughter is the best medicine Everyone loves a good belly-aching laugh. With the busyness and complexities of family life, it can seem to be a long time between laughs. The old adage ‘laughter is the best medicine’ rings true. Research has shown that people who have a good sense of humour and find the funny side to the situations life throws at them, are happier, healthier, have lower stress levels, are creative, flexible thinkers, and have strong peer relationships.
I love a good Romcom. There’s always a bit of tension and angst between the lead characters, usually fuelled by miscommunication. They both have the feeling of love, but neither seem to be able to really communicate it. After many ups and downs and a few predictable plot twists, they fall into each other’s arms, finally speaking the same language. As Speech Pathologists we talk about communication. A LOT. It’s what we do. Our goal is to see all our clients take the next step
Week 1: Look at me when I’m talking! Communication is not only about what is spoken. In fact, more than half of what we communicate is expressed by gesture, tone of voice and facial expression. Anyone who has ever tried to communicate with someone who speaks a foreign language will understand that there is a lot that we can do to get a message across when words fail! Children start to learn these non-verbal skills from a very early age, in fact, parents will typically start t
Week 1: “You” Messages This month we’re taking some time to think about some of the things that ‘Big People’ say.
The reality is, that what we say to our children has a long and lasting impact, well into their
future. Every honest parent can confess to a moment of hearing something come out of our
mouths, directed at our child, that really should have been left unsaid. It’s so easy for our
words to slip out! A child’s mind is full of questions, perhaps the greatest of whi
Ready for Reading – Put your feet up and enjoy a book. One of the major ways that children learn is through watching others. They copy sounds, words and behaviours from us. Children who see adults and older children taking pleasure in reading and experiencing books will follow their example. We often emphasise the importance of reading to our children, but the value of having our children watch us enjoy books is often missed. By watching you, your child will learn how books w
Week 1: What’s for lunch? Starting preschool can be a stressful time for our youngsters. There is a new routine to adapt to, new faces, smells, sights and sounds; it’s no wonder they can become a bit overwhelmed at times! Letting your new preschooler pick out their own lunch can not only encourage independence, but it can also inject a bit of predictability and familiarity into their day. Of course, when given the world as their oyster, little ones can tend to get a bit carri
Week 1: Constructive Play Play skills are vital for success at school. Children learn so much about others and how to interact with the world around them through play. Play is an important skill for developing thinking and communication. Take time for constructive play. Constructive play helps your child develop skills and knowledge about stacking, building, and drawing. They can develop their fine motor and problem solving skills. Children who are comfortable manipulating ob