Category: Language

Read non-fiction books to your kids, part 2: our booklist!

We promised. Now here it is: our favourite non-fiction books for late talkers, preschoolers and young school-aged kids! Over the years, all of these books have won at least one rave review from the toughest of critics: our clients. How...

/ 14 December 2017

Read non-fiction books to your late talkers and preschoolers: here’s why

Stories dominate many early childhood classrooms, libraries and homes (e.g. Guo et al., 2013). We love good stories too. But, recently, we’ve added more non-fiction books into our programs for late-talking and preschooler clients. Why? Knowledge of the structure and language...

/ 3 December 2017

Dear Santa: 13 tried-and-tested stocking-stuffer books for preschoolers

Poor Santa! So many presents to find, for so many little people, with so little time! Luckily, we’ve been on the case, searching high and low for the best books to help stimulate preschoolers’ language development – from the Galston...

/ 26 November 2017

“Why should I let my late-talker play with other kids?” Because play promotes learning: here’s why and how

Yesterday morning, while sunburning myself to a crisp, I watched my sons muck around at Austinmer beach. They were out of earshot, but appeared to be playing a game where Son 1 would “defend” Son 2 from oncoming waves by diving...

/ 30 October 2017

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

“I can’t hear myself think!” The compelling case for quiet classrooms

Education theories abound about the best set-up for classrooms. As a parent, I know different school systems, principals, teachers, and families have strong and divergent views on the topic. As a speech pathologist, my chief concern with classroom set-ups is...

/ 24 September 2017

Does my child have a language disorder? 6 questions speech pathologists should ask before assessment

From time to time, I get complaints about the length of my pre-assessment case history form. But I’m not shortening it. Every question in my case history form has a purpose. Yet the answers to some questions are more important...

/ 3 September 2017

Help people get their message across: why and how we should work together to improve communication access for everyone

Wheelchair ramps. Disabled parking. Lifts at train stations. All ways that communities support people with physical disabilities to get on with their lives and to contribute to society. Things that help people with physical disabilities go places and do stuff...

/ 20 August 2017

Help your child to fill in the gaps, join the dots, and read between the lines! (Improve inferencing skills for better reading and language comprehension)

Roughly 10% of primary school-aged kids have poor reading and oral language comprehension skills relative to age-appropriate word-reading skills (Cain, 2009). These kids – poor “comprehenders” – are often not picked up within classrooms because they can sound out (“decode”) words and...

/ 30 July 2017

“My son (daughter) has been diagnosed with a developmental language disorder. How much treatment should he (she) get? How often?”

Until very recently, the answer to these very important questions has been: “We don’t know.” (See, for example, Warren et al., 2007.) This is unsatisfactory for several reasons: Parents need to know how often their child should see a speech pathologist,...

/ 15 June 2017