What exactly IS a stutter? It is the disruption in the fluency of verbal expression; the opposite of what would sound like smooth speech. These disruptions are characterized by uncontrollable repetitions or prolongations of parts of speech. The disruptions could be sounds, syllables, or words of one syllable, and can be silent, or you may be able to hear these disruptions. The frequency of these disruptions can vary, but they are usually very noticeable. Sometimes, these disr
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.
This is the last blog in our series on speech development in children. See what other topics we’ve covered to learn more. As we have discussed in previous blogs, our little ones don’t learn to speak clearly all at once, but slowly over a number of years. This process of learning involves making mistakes and trying over and over again. Our children need to have their speech errors pointed out to them from time to time, otherwise they may never notice that they way they say it
Intelligibility All this month in our blogs, we’re talking about speech sound disorders. One of the words you’ll hear a lot when talking about speech is ‘intelligible’. Intelligibility is how clear and comprehensible a person’s speech is. If a child is 100% intelligible, that means that everyone can understand everything they say. If you find you have to focus hard on what your child is saying to understand them, they are less intelligible. If you are relying on gestures and