The Lidcombe Program for stuttering: my 10 favourite therapy activities

For parents who have been trained in delivering the Lidcombe Program for stuttering to their children, it can be hard to think up specific activity ideas.  Parents often ask me for a list of activities they can use during the...

/ 8 December 2014

I’m an adult who lisps. Do I need speech therapy?

Not unless you want help. Before the age of six, it’s relatively common for children to lisp /s/ and /z/ sounds. But, for some adults, a lisp can be embarrassing, affecting their social activities and/or professional life. But lots of...

/ 22 May 2016

My voice shakes: what can I do about it?

For me, it happened most memorably during my first ever court appearance as a lawyer. It was a simple procedural mention in a mid-level court in central Sydney. I’d had two coffees, four hours sleep, memorised my lines like a...

/ 17 May 2016

My child drools: what do I need to know?

Saliva is probably one of the least offensive bodily fluids. But it can still be confronting. You only have to look at how many student speech pathologists struggle to overcome their natural aversion when responding to their first case of...

/ 9 May 2016

How to improve exam results: 9 free evidence-based DIY strategies

I can’t cook, read blueprints, or dress with style. But I’m good at exams. Not because I’m special or gifted. My “secret” is boring and simple: As a young adult, I learned how to study properly. For more than 100 years,...

/ 3 May 2016
IronFest II (1)

Defrazzle: Ironfest (huzzah!)

A (possibly unneeded) confession: I’m a nerd. Amongst other geeky matters, I dig steampunk goggles and monocles, superheroes, penny-farthings, blacksmith-wrought sculptures, jousting medieval knights, chair-wielding pro-wrestlers, runic scrabble, exploding World War Two tanks, hula-hooping mermaids, gypsy caravans, bear-helmeted Roman gladiators,...

/ 23 April 2016

Late-talkers: kick-start language with these verbs

The more research I read, the more I work with families of late-talkers, the more I find myself harping on about verbs (action words like “put”, “do”, “make”, “fall”, “sleep”, “find”, “see”, etc). This article summarises some of the latest...

/ 12 April 2016

Defrazzle: Stuck in a rut? Do something random!

When the kids were toddler-young, we lived in Hong Kong. Every Sunday, we’d choose a random train station on the map, load up the pram, and head out the door. We never knew what to expect, which is what made the...

/ 6 April 2016