Category: Expressive Language

Speaking for themselves: why I choose ambitious goals to help young children put words together

Many, if not most, children with expressive language disorders have problems arranging words and phrases to express themselves.  This can be very frustrating for both the children and their families. Targeting the wrong grammatical goals can leave children with language disorders...

/ 3 August 2015

FAQ: which action words should I teach my toddler, and how?

2016 research update alert: for more up-to-date information, click here. When kids get to around two, we expect them to start combining words into short phrases and sentences. Problem is, many of us parents tend to spend most of our...

/ 15 October 2014

Speech pathology homework doesn’t have to be boring

Atop a foothill of Mt Warrenheip, a mere 8km from my childhood home in Ballarat, sits Kryal Castle. Behold its magnificence! Built in the 1970s by one Keith Ryall, the castle features a moat, a maze, stocks, an armory, mock-hangings, performing lions, jousting...

/ 17 June 2014

Language problem or English as a Second Language issue?

For the latest research, see our 2016 article about bilingual development. One of the best things about living and working in the Inner West of Sydney is the diversity of its food. Whether it’s feasting on pho in Homebush West, chocolate...

/ 10 April 2014

“But he holded it and broked it and then he goed away!” Why do some children speak this way?

A direct quote from Son 2, when he was aged about 3.  I think his brother had seized and re-modelled one of Son 2’s precious Duplo-Lego-Rocket sculptures and stashed the remnants in his bedroom. At the time, I recall my...

/ 20 February 2014

Helping toddlers with their first words – mix it up and make them useful (the words, not the toddlers)!

A couple of years ago, in a trendy Inner West cafe, I spied a Very Committed Dad sitting across from his terribly young daughter.  They could barely see each other over the small mountain of branded flashcards in the middle...

/ 17 February 2014