Category: Language Learning Impairment

Double trouble? Why twins are at an increased risk of language disorders (and what you can do to help them)

For more than 80 years, we’ve known that – on average – twins develop language more slowly than single children (e.g. Day, 1932). More recent studies have shown that: twins – particularly boys – have a higher risk of developmental...

/ 24 October 2016

My child used to be so good at maths. What happened?

This is a question I get asked fairly regularly by worried parents of kids, usually in Year 2 or 3. And I start by checking language skills. Why? Language learning impairments are common, but often missed in pre-schoolers and kindergarten...

/ 16 August 2016

Late-talkers: kick-start language with these verbs

The more research I read, the more I work with families of late-talkers, the more I find myself harping on about verbs (action words like “put”, “do”, “make”, “fall”, “sleep”, “find”, “see”, etc). This article summarises some of the latest...

/ 12 April 2016

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

Power in knowledge: child language risk factors

As you can probably tell from our blog, we’re firm believers in sharing as much information as possible with parents and others about developmental language delays and other communication problems – including the limitations of the current evidence base. We know...

/ 6 May 2014