parenting advice Archives - Newcastle Speech Pathology

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 In the same way, some kids can be highly attentive and alert, while others are very withdrawn.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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  • 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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  • 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 of age, we […]

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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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  • Getting Right What We Say!

    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 […]

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