Blog Archives - Newcastle Speech Pathology

  • 10 Tips for Communicating with People with Aphasia

    Have you ever heard of the word ‘aphasia’, and wondered what it means? You’re not alone. Research shows that public awareness and understanding of aphasia in Australia is low, and this affects research, funding, and opportunities for people living with this communication impairment. So what is aphasia?   Aphasia is the result of brain damage […]

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  • How To Read Dialogically With Your Child

    Dialogic reading. Perhaps you’ve come across this word while reading through articles and websites and have wondered what it means. At its core, ‘dialogic’ simply refers to ‘dialogue’ – the act of discussing and talking about something with another person. Dialogic reading is reading that focuses on asking simple questions and following up with expanded […]

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  • There Are Many Ways To Praise Our Kids! 

    We all know that words are powerful, and that it feels good to be encouraged. There’s a lot of research that points towards the importance of praising our children, but there’s often a lack of information on how to do so effectively.    In today’s blog, we take a look at two specific types of […]

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  • New to Online Therapy? Here’s what you need to know.

    As you are no doubt well aware, the last month has seen massive changes in the way we go about our everyday lives. To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many of us are at home and staying there for the foreseeable future!    To help me stay home, my dance classes and band […]

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  • My Child is Anxious. How Can I Help?

    In light of the current world crisis, it’s likely that many kids are experiencing increased levels of stress and anxiety – even on a subconscious level. 

    Read below as our team shares with you five things you can do to help a child who is experiencing anxiety:

    1. Show that you understand, even when you don’t. 

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  • 10 Strategies to Help Your Late Talker

    A ‘Late Talker’ is a child whose speech and language skills aren’t developing in line with their peers. Usually these children are identified by 18 – 24 months of age, when parents or caregivers notice that the child has a limited vocabulary and trouble putting words together to make short sentences.    If your child fits […]

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  • At What Age is a Child Considered To Be a ‘Late Talker’?

    It’s easy to compare our kids’ development to others’. We see our friends whose kids are already initiating conversations and naming pictures in books, and we wonder why our precious toddler is still using gestures and grunts to communicate.

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  • What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?

    We’ve written this blog post based on a video-series of interviews that our Director Alison conducted with Rhiannon from Ability Focus Occupational Therapy earlier in the year. “The OT discipline is very broad. We work across the whole lifespan; from birth, until as old as you may get in life. The word ‘occupation’ often confuses […]

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  • 6 Tips For Taking Care of Your Vocal Hygiene

    Vocal hygiene behaviours are things we can do to ensure we take care of our voice and vocal folds. Here are some tips for good vocal hygiene: Drink enough water Making sure you stay fully hydrated is important to keep your vocal cords functioning properly. Carry a drink bottle with you, and try to have […]

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  • How Can We Make Reading Time More Engaging?

    There’s a difference between simply reading words off a page to your child, and engaging them in the story. What is interactive reading? Reading interactively is something that might come naturally to some parents. For others, it may take a little bit of practise. It’s all about going beyond the words of the page to […]

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