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

Why does the Lidcombe Program for childhood stuttering work: a case of “words will never hurt me”?

The Lidcombe Program is an effective stuttering treatment for children under 6 years of age. Lidcombe Program treatment is 7.5 times more likely to reduce stuttering than natural recovery (Onslow et al., 2012). You can read more about the Lidcombe Program...

/ 21 June 2016
family

Learn to love being stuck in traffic with your kids: here’s how

If, like me, you live in a city with limited public transport and terrible roads, you’ll spend lots of time in the car with your kids. For some of us, that time can feel wasted. Lost. Dead. But it doesn’t...

/ 13 June 2016

Come on Dad! What we can do to help our kids’ language development

As my wife and sisters tell me from time-to-time: it’s not babysitting when it’s playing with your own kids! I’m not going to lie, though. Lots of the research on kids and language development assumes Mum is doing most of the...

/ 29 May 2016

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...

/ 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