children Archives - Newcastle Speech Pathology

  • 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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  • 10 Tips For A Healthy Lunch Box

    Written by Suzie Garmeister of Branch and Vine Nutrition – Fd. Dip Nutrition & Holistic Health Feeling overwhelmed about how to feed your kids a healthy school lunch? With 3 boys, 3.5 years apart, I have spent much ‘loving’ time in the kitchen ensuring they are not hindered in their development by what they eat. […]

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  • 5 Ways That Outdoor Play Helps Children Develop Language

    Several years ago, a lovely friend of mine took a challenge. She decided that every day, she and her children would spend at least 3 hours outside. For a year. Over the course of that year, she saw firsthand the physical, emotional and cognitive benefits of outdoor play in her children. Now, years later, that […]

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  • Help! My child is really hard to understand.

    ‘Help! My child is really hard to understand.’   We hear this sentence a lot as Speech Pathologists. Join us this month as we talk about speech sounds, and how we can help our Little Ones to become clearer speakers.   Week 1   Why is my child hard to understand?   By 4 years […]

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  • October Theme: Spring has Sprung

    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 […]

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  • The Emerging Art of Conversation

    Can you recall a great conversation that you have recently had? Chances are that you remember it because you were actively involved. Your conversational partner may have asked for your opinion or given you opportunity to speak about yourself and your interests. Perhaps you had a robust debate where both of you were able to […]

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  • September Theme: What are you Doing? Developing Action Word Vocabulary

    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. […]

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  • L.O.V.E. Are we communicating it clearly?

    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, […]

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  • What to do if your little one starts stuttering

    Last week in our blog, we talked about some of the symptoms of stuttering (also known as stammering or dysfluency). This week we will talk about what to do if your little one starts showing signs of a stutter. As we mentioned in the previous blog, everybody makes mistakes while speaking, corrects themselves and occasionally […]

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  • Symptoms of Stuttering

    Have you ever found yourself stuck in the middle of a sentence, perhaps repeating the last word you said over and over again while you wait for the next word to come out? Or perhaps you’ve stumbled all over your words and the sentence you tried to say makes no sense to those around you. […]

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