Category: Family Activities

Defrazzle, explore, re-engage and stimulate higher level language skills with new sights and sounds

Leonardo Da Vinci. Benjamin Franklin. Marie Curie. Albert Einstein. Ursula Le Guin. Steve Jobs. Great lives; with not much in common, except burning curiosity about the worlds they lived in. If you want your kids to talk more, follow their...

/ 22 October 2017

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

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

Defrazzle: Ironfest (huzzah!)

A (possibly unneeded) confession: I’m a nerd. Amongst other geeky matters, I dig steampunk goggles and monocles, superheroes, penny-farthings, blacksmith-wrought sculptures, jousting medieval knights, chair-wielding pro-wrestlers, runic scrabble, exploding World War Two tanks, hula-hooping mermaids, gypsy caravans, bear-helmeted Roman gladiators,...

/ 23 April 2016

Defrazzle: Stuck in a rut? Do something random!

When the kids were toddler-young, we lived in Hong Kong. Every Sunday, we’d choose a random train station on the map, load up the pram, and head out the door. We never knew what to expect, which is what made the...

/ 6 April 2016

Defrazzling: Family Project Time: The Local Council Pick-Up

Twice a year, our local council does something wonderful with our rates: it picks up all our broken, faded, tarnished, outmoded, and ‘last season’ possessions so we can go out into the world and buy even more things we don’t...

/ 15 February 2016

Defrazzling update: practising what we preach

Last year, we gave you some tips to promote your kids’ language development while having fun with the whole family. Actions speak louder than words. So, this year, we’re keen to practice what we preach. We’ve instituted family fun days....

/ 25 January 2016

Defrazzle and reconnect: tips for families to talk to each other to stimulate language development

The irony of spending time away from my family to write this post about increasing communication at home isn’t lost on me.  Nor is the truth about how hard it is to do this stuff in practice! I suspect our...

/ 12 October 2015

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