Category: FAQ

Hyperlexia: FAQs

1. Hyperlexia*: what is it? Hyperlexia is a condition where a person – often a young child – has word-reading skills that are far above his or her reading comprehension skills, verbal functioning level, or general cognitive functioning (Grigorenko et...

/ 30 January 2017

“He has no idea about others’ feelings!” Theory of Mind gaps: FAQs and treatment resources

“Theory of Mind” (ToM) is often misunderstood.  It’s about whether you can recognise what you and others are thinking and feeling in different situations. You need a Theory of Mind to understand what you want and feel; and what others...

/ 30 November 2015

Childhood Apraxia of Speech: FAQs and treatment update

In 2015, exciting new research has been published about the treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  I want to tell you about it.  But, first, I want to answer some frequently asked questions about the disorder. 1. What should we...

/ 17 August 2015

“In one ear and out the other”. FAQs: working memory and language disorders

“In one ear and out the other.” “Doesn’t listen to a word I say. He just zones out.” When parents describe their children like this, I think about potential working memory problems. Increasingly, Google-savvy parents ask for my views on...

/ 27 July 2015

FAQ: 10 common speech error patterns seen in children of 3-5 years of age – and when you should be concerned

Speech is a wonderfully complex skill, and children need lots of practice to learn how to do it.  As with any motor skill, children make plenty of mistakes as they learn to speak clearly. In English, we hear several common...

/ 22 July 2015

“She doesn’t really have a language problem. She just wasn’t paying attention to your tests”. FAQ: ADHD and language disorders

When assessing a child with ADHD for a language impairment, what should we do to be confident about the results of our language tests? ADHD and language disorders often co-occur Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder* (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed...

/ 6 July 2015

FAQ: Cluttering – is it even a thing?

Stuttering isn’t the only kind of fluency disorder.  But even some speech pathologists haven’t heard of “cluttering”. As with many other speech disorders, such as childhood apraxia of speech and stuttering, there’s a lot of poor quality information out there about cluttering....

/ 8 June 2015

FAQ: Auditory Processing Disorder

At least once a month, I get asked about auditory processing disorder (APD), which is also known as central auditory processing disorder. APD is a controversial topic in Australia and overseas, and I write this post with some trepidation.  While...

/ 20 April 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