reading Archives - Newcastle Speech Pathology

  • 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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  • An Overlooked Toy for Language Development…

    One of the most underrated toys that we have to play with our children is one that is adaptable, portable, free and most importantly a great deal of fun! It’s you as a parent. When you and your child play together not using other toys, you replace the toy. This is a great thing to […]

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  • Getting Ready for Reading

    Ready for Reading – Put your feet up and enjoy a book. One of the major ways that children learn is through watching others. They copy sounds, words and behaviours from us. Children who see adults and older children taking pleasure in reading and experiencing books will follow their example. We often emphasise the importance […]

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  • Irregular Spelling Patterns

    Why the English spelling system is not as irregular as you think Adapted from Louisa Moats, How Spelling Supports Reading, American Educator, 2006. The spelling of English words is often said to be unpredictable and words just need to be learned. However, there are more regular spellings and patterns than you might think. Apparently half […]

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  • Dyslexia and Speech Pathology

    How can Speech Pathologists help with dyslexia and learning disorders? Last week I had a “Google Hangout” date with Michelle Morrow from Homeschooling Down Under. I was invited to chat with her about how Speech Pathologists work with young children and students to identify and circumvent dyslexia. Check out our hangout session on Youtube. I […]

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