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  • Why Your Child Might Find it Hard to Self-Regulate

    What does ‘self regulation’ mean? Every child is unique. Some children can get overwhelmed easily, and others remain calm. In the same way, some kids can be highly attentive and alert, while others are very withdrawn. Self-regulation is an important strategy that your child can use to be calm and alert, so that they can […]

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  • What On Earth Is Decontextualised Language, and Why Is It So Important?

    Early on, a child’s language is mainly based around their current environment. Conversations are usually focused on topics such as daily routines, toys, food, and familiar people. As our children grow older, however, it is important that they learn to speak about things beyond the ‘here and now’. Their language needs to allow them to […]

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  • 3 Ways to Develop Reading Skills In Kids With Autism

    The building blocks for reading and writing are also called ‘emergent literacy skills’. These skills are important for every child to learn, but even more so for those who experience social communication challenges or have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Why is this? Well, often the areas of difficulty that these children experience […]

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  • Language is Always Changing

    We often think of our language as being very fixed. We were all taught grammar rules in school, right? Rules can’t change! But, over a long period of time, from generation to generation, languages do change. Your children will speak differently than your parents or your grandparents. A few years ago, if something was ‘lit’ […]

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  • English Spelling is Weird.

    Here is a statement I think we can all agree on: English spelling is weird! Wait, shouldn’t that be ‘wierd’? Isn’t it ‘i’ before the ‘e’? As it turns out, there are a lot of exceptions to that rule! Language and literacy go hand in hand. If you’re having difficulty with oral language development, there […]

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  • What is a Chronic Cough?

    A cough is a sudden burst of air coming from your lungs up your nose or mouth. It causes your vocal folds to slam together, like when you clap your hands. If you are clearing your throat or coughing constantly, it can be very damaging to your vocal cords. Irritation of the throat or any […]

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  • What You Need to Know About Stuttering

    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 […]

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  • Busting 5 Myths on Bilingual Language Development

    There are lots of common myths about children growing up hearing two or more languages, and not all of them are true. Our very own Emilia has busted the following five myths that many people have about bilingual language development! Myth #1: I should only speak one language to my child. Speaking in more than […]

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  • 7 Tips For Communicating With Someone Who Has a Disability

    Have you ever been a bit nervous to communicate with someone who has a disability? It can be a bit daunting sometimes, especially if you haven’t done so before. You might be concerned that you won’t be able to understand what they’re saying, or that you’ll come across as patronising. Here are some tips to […]

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  • Why should we be encouraging our children in their imaginative play?

    Have  you ever noticed how young children begin to play imaginatively? Early on, they will pretend to feed a teddy, or make a plane fly through the air. Has your child set up a shop or restaurant and demanded that you come and visit as the customer? These are exciting developmental stages that give us […]

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