Jack and Jill and that hill

Son 2 came home from his second day of school (okay, this was a couple of weeks ago) with this fine work: I love the look of joy in the kids’ faces as they set off on their trip by...

/ 19 February 2014

FAQ: In what order and at what age should my child have learned his/her speech sound consonants?

Stop right there. When it comes to speech, be wary of words like “should”.  Sure, we have lots of validated ways of measuring whether a child’s speech is impaired, and there are reams of research papers analysing things like the...

/ 18 February 2014

Do we spend too much time on rhyming books? What else should we do to prepare pre-schoolers to read?

Duck in the Truck The Cat in the Hat Madeline, with her vines and twelve little girls in two straight lines All great, fun books to read aloud – my sons love them; and so do I. But do we...

/ 18 February 2014

Helping toddlers with their first words – mix it up and make them useful (the words, not the toddlers)!

A couple of years ago, in a trendy Inner West cafe, I spied a Very Committed Dad sitting across from his terribly young daughter.  They could barely see each other over the small mountain of branded flashcards in the middle...

/ 17 February 2014

So what do Speech Pathologists do?

That’s a question we get asked a lot.  I’m not surprised. Compared to other professions, like medicine or law, Speech Pathology is a young profession.  The scope of what we do keeps expanding as more research is published on speech,...

/ 16 February 2014