Early communication

We all want our children to be able to verbally communicate with us clearly and easily, and it can be frustrating and worrying when they develop these skills later than other children. However, your child may be communicating using a different method (e.g., body language/gesture) or may just require some support to learn the most effective ways to get their [...]

By |2020-02-06T13:30:55+11:00February 6th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Reading in Our Daily Lives

There are many things in our environment which require reading. Have a look around. What do you see which requires reading - our phone messages, signs, recipes, receipts, packaging? Almost everything requires us to be able to read. But what if reading is hard for you? How would that feel? Let’s try reading the following below: Artikel 27 Een ieder [...]

By |2020-01-17T16:49:04+11:00January 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The role of the Speech Pathologist in aged care

As Australia’s population continues to age, the speech pathologist’s role in aged care becomes increasingly important. It is our role to advocate and provide communication and mealtime support for older people in hospitals, the community as well as in residential aged care facilities. Older people experience difficulties with communication and mealtimes at a significantly higher rate, often complicated by multiple [...]

By |2019-11-27T11:31:56+11:00November 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Talking to someone with a communication difficulty… What to do!

Communication is a basic human right. Imagine having difficulty communicating…. What impact would that have on your life? Well, in fact 1.2 million Australians have a communication difficulty…. That is nearly 1 in every 20 Australians! So, what is communication? Communication is MORE than just speech – it is writing, reading, using gestures or signs, using a voice output device, [...]

By |2019-11-14T13:25:19+11:00November 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Ear Infections – How do they affect your child’s speech and language development?

Otitis media and hearing loss? Otitis media is the name for a fluid build-up in the middle ear due to inflammation, commonly called middle ear infections. This fluid prevents the ear drum sending sound from the middle to the inner ear. Otitis media is common in young children. It can vary in severity from a mild infection to a hole [...]

By |2019-10-14T10:55:18+11:00October 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Baby sign language – what is it, how do you do it, and why does it help?

What is it? Natural gesture and baby sign language (or key word signing) are terms you may have heard but might not know much about. To simplify it, these terms refer to using gestures or simple signs to support the key message in what you are saying. Gestures SUPPORT language development - this statement may seem counterintuitive as people often [...]

By |2019-09-19T12:59:38+10:00September 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|

How can a Speech Pathologist help?

When I inform people that I am a Speech Pathologist, the typical reply is “So….. you help people talk, right?”. Little do they know we cover many more areas! But what does working in Speech Pathology actually involve? A Speech Pathologist works with individuals across the entire lifespan – from babies right through to great-grandparents. This allows us to help [...]

By |2019-07-17T12:14:48+10:00July 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|

How can a Speech Pathologist help me if I have Parkinson’s Disease?

What you need to know about Parkinson’s Disease Parkinson’s disease is caused by the deterioration of neurons in the brain that produce dopamine, an essential neurotransmitter the controls muscle functions. Parkinson’s is the second most common neurological disease in Australia after dementia, affecting around 100,000 people. Today, 32 Australians will be diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and 1 in 5 of [...]

By |2019-07-17T12:06:15+10:00July 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Creating a language-rich environment for your toddler

Children learn speech and language by exploring, listening, watching, babbling, playing, copying and interacting with others. The quantity of words spoken to a child in the first three years of life is strongly associated with a child’s skills, vocabulary size and IQ later in life. Here are some ways you can support your child’s communication in the early years: Slow [...]

By |2019-07-17T09:20:39+10:00June 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|
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