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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|

What is Aphasia?

What is Aphasia? Written by Mikaela Bow, Speech Pathologist at Southern Highlands Speech Pathology What is Aphasia? Aphasia is a language difficulty which may affect a person’s ability to talk, understand, read, write, use numbers and use gestures. What causes Aphasia? Well, aphasia is caused by damage to the brain. This is most commonly from a stroke, but may also [...]

By |2019-02-05T17:00:39+11:00February 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Group therapy or Individual Therapy for Children?

Group therapy or Individual Therapy for Children? Written by Connie Feng, Speech Pathologist at Southern Highlands Speech Pathology. We are often asked about whether to do individual or group therapy.  Many speech pathology clinics offer both group therapy and individual therapy session. So, which one is more suitable for your child? In most cases, your Speech Pathologist will recommend individual [...]

By |2019-02-05T17:06:20+11:00February 5th, 2019|Speech Pathology|

My Child Stutters – What is Stuttering?

My Child Stutters - What is Stuttering? Written by Alexandra Macrae, Speech Pathologist, Southern Highlands Speech Pathology We all have someone who comes to mind who stutters. Whether it be a family member, friend or even a celebrity. Stuttering is a disorder that causes disruption to the rhythm and flow of an individual’s speech. It can impact both children and [...]

By |2019-02-05T17:04:28+11:00February 5th, 2019|Speech Pathology|
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