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|

Tips for Reading with your child

Tips for Reading with your child Written by Ellie Jones, Speech Pathologist, Southern Highlands Speech Pathology “The more that you read the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you will go” - Dr Seuss. Many parents appreciate how important reading books with their child is. It is such an important activity for fostering [...]

By |2019-05-13T20:01:23+10:00June 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Three of the best toys for language development

Three of the best toys for language development   As speech pathologists we often get asked what the best toys are to support the language development of young children. Research shows that children don’t need high-tech complex toys to learn, traditional toys work best. Here are a few key toys that we go to because of the variety of skills [...]

By |2019-07-16T16:39:36+10:00May 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

I can’t understand my child. Is this normal?

I can’t understand my child. Is this normal? A guide to children’s Speech Sound Development Written by Tanya Goodman, Speech Pathologist, Southern Highlands Pathology   Did you know that learning to speak involves some of the most complex muscle movements in your body? The tongue is an amazing muscle that makes more than 20 different movements in order to produce [...]

By |2019-05-10T13:23:33+10:00May 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

My Child isn’t talking, what should I do?

My child isn’t talking, what should I do?   What are the milestones? 4 months – at this age your child should be starting to make babbling sounds such as “bababa”, “mamama”. 12 months – by 12 months your child should be starting to say their first words. 18 months- 24 months – during this stage your child should be [...]

By |2019-03-06T11:02:40+11:00March 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Cleft Lip and Palate

Cleft Lip and Palate A cleft lip and palate occurs when some of the lip and/or palate does not join up properly before birth. This occurs in about 1 in 800 babies born in Australia. The word ‘cleft’ means split or fissure. A cleft lip can be as small as a notch in the lip or it may be more [...]

By |2019-02-21T11:37:06+11:00February 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|
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