Category: Receptive Language

How to improve exam results: 9 free evidence-based DIY strategies

I can’t cook, read blueprints, or dress with style. But I’m good at exams. Not because I’m special or gifted. My “secret” is boring and simple: As a young adult, I learned how to study properly. For more than 100 years,...

/ 3 May 2016

“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

Helping older students with their reading comprehension. What should we teach and how?

We know a lot about teaching reading comprehension skills to older children with language, reading and learning difficulties.  One of my favourite researchers, Dr Teresa Urkrainetz, has just published a wonderful article summarising the evidence. Here’s my summary of her...

/ 1 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

How to help our secondary teachers support teenagers with language disorders at school

To look at the way public speech pathology services are funded, you’d think language disorders happen to a small group of toddlers and pre-schoolers and then magically disappear when they go to school. If only. Yes, early intervention is best...

/ 23 March 2015

How to help your school-age child learn new words – the nuts and bolts of how I actually do it in therapy

Many school-age children have problems learning new words. In particular, children with language delays and disorders often struggle with vocabulary (e.g. Haynes, 1992). So how can we help them? Evidence-based strategies 1. Choose words the child needs to understand for...

/ 16 March 2015

6 strategies to improve your child’s reading comprehension and how to put them into practice

Reading experts are forever encouraging teachers and parents to teach students “a variety of strategies” to understand and to remember what they read. But what are these mysterious strategies? Most evidence-based comprehension strategies boil down to this: What can we do...

/ 9 March 2015

Secret plans and clever tricks: how young children can fool us into thinking they understand more than they really do

“Seth doesn’t say much, but he understands everything I say.  He knows exactly what’s going on.” Statements like these are commonly heard in speech pathology clinics.  True, some children have expressive language problems only, with no problem in understanding language....

/ 4 September 2014

Why can’t my child understand what others are saying?

Some children have problems understanding what their parents, teachers, friends and others say to them.  For example, they might listen attentively to a teacher telling the class a short story but not be able to tell you what happened, who...

/ 14 July 2014