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

How to improve the lives of people with dementia in long term care: applying Montessori principles

No-one wants to end up in a prison-like nursing home, but some of us will. And, although it’s not always polite to raise the issue, we’re all getting older: especially those folk in the Baby Boomer generation. Being stuck, sedated,...

/ 25 July 2016
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14 practical ideas to help your late talker (with pictures!)

I can’t help myself. Even when defrazzling with the kids on school holidays, I’m on the look out for great ideas to help parents with late-talking toddlers or children with language learning impairments. As regular readers know, I enjoy reading about theories of language development and...

/ 17 July 2016

Hungry Like The Wolf: How I help adult clients decide on speech therapy goals that matter (to them)

And now for something completely different. Sometimes you read a research paper that blows your mind and changes your whole clinical approach to helping people with communication problems. In this article, I share my thoughts on one such paper that...

/ 7 July 2016

“You know, um, veniculars-like, thingies you look through to see far away stuff. I don’t know!”: How to help school-aged kids to find their words

All of us forget the names of things occasionally. But, as with many adults with aphasia, some children have serious problems finding words. Major word-finding problems can wreak havoc on a child’s academic and social participation. In primary school and...

/ 30 June 2016

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
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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