All posts by David Kinnane

Speech-Language Pathologist. Lawyer. Father. Reader. Writer. Speaker.

Which books should I use in stuttering therapy with my child? Here are our favourite six kinds, with examples

“Help! I need some ideas!” A common – and understandable – request from parents and other carers when you work with children who stutter. Whether your child is doing the Lidcombe Program, the Westmead Program or a hybrid of the two,...

/ 26 May 2017

Reading with – not to – your pre-schoolers: how to do it better (and why)

Most parents know that reading books with their kids is important. But many parents don’t know why exactly. And it’s not as if parents get issued with an instruction book about how to read books with their kids for the...

/ 17 May 2017

How to help teenagers who stutter (and their families)

Do you remember the joys of being a teenager? Growth spurts. Hormones amok. Peer-pressured to distraction. Painfully self-conscious: How do I look? Should I wear double denim? Is my hair cut okay? Will I fit in? Will they invite me?...

/ 8 May 2017

Preparing your pre-schooler to learn to read: skills to focus on first

What can we do to help our pre-schoolers get ready to read without being accused of helicopter-parenting? A lazy Google search will confirm there are loads of courses and programs marketed to worried parents of pre-schoolers. Many are not supported...

/ 1 May 2017

“I’m not a child!” How to get help for a teenager or adult you love who can’t read

Imagine for a moment that you can’t read or write; even at a basic level: How would you apply for, find or hold down work? If you found work, how could you review your employment contract? How would you communicate...

/ 24 April 2017

How to find out if your child has a reading problem (and how to choose the right treatment approach)

There’s so much nonsense out there about kids’ reading problems and treatments. Unfortunately, lots of education, technology, and health businesses cash in on parents’ concerns by selling them expensive products and services unsupported by research evidence. We get lots of...

/ 8 April 2017

What else helps struggling readers? The evidence for “morphological awareness” training

We’ve talked a lot about the “Big 5” essential skills kids need to master to learn to read. But phonological awareness, vocabulary, synthetic phonics, comprehension and fluency skills are not the only things that can help struggling readers – especially for children...

/ 29 March 2017

Kick-start your child’s reading with speech sound knowledge (phonological awareness)

To learn to read properly, phonological awareness is: one of the Big Five skills kids need to know; and one of the three so-called “cognitive foundations” of literacy, (Hulme & Snowling, 2013). Compared to other necessary skills – like phonics and reading...

/ 23 March 2017

Breaking the vicious cycle for older kids with reading problems: how to help

Older kids with reading problems get trapped in a vicious cycle: because these students don’t read well, they generally don’t read much. They miss out on countless opportunities for reading practice and for learning from what they have read (Anderson...

/ 13 March 2017