Month: May 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