Don’t let poor writing hold you back – how to get help

To get ahead in most workplaces, secondary and technical colleges, and universities, you need to communicate well. This includes writing effectively. Sometimes, even tiny mistakes can have big negative effects. I once had a boss who would (literally) toss job...

/ 2 November 2016

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

Lidcombe Program stuttering activities: Volume 2 printable activities for face-to-face and Skype therapy now available

When we published The Lidcombe Program for stuttering: my 10 favourite therapy activities back in 2014, we had no idea how popular it would be. Thousands of people from more than 20 countries have downloaded our free resource. Feedback has been...

/ 12 October 2016

Books with verbs to level up your child’s language development: 24 of the best

Yes, OK! I know I go on and on about the power of verbs to power (drive, propel, and kick-start) language development. I can’t stop (or cease, or desist, or refrain from) it! Yes, lots of kids and adults benefit from targeted practice....

/ 5 October 2016

The Verb & Pronoun Workout

Any regular reader of our articles will know that we love working on verbs – action words like “jump”, “kick”, “think”, “write” and “saw” – for clients with language learning impairments. You can read why here and here. In addition to...

/ 27 September 2016

My child is learning two languages: what do I need to know about bilingual development?

More than half of my clients are growing up in homes where English is not the first or only language. I think it’s a great thing. Bilingualism is a tremendous asset living on this increasingly connected planet. We need more...

/ 21 September 2016

The Pesky Lisp Fixer: a new evidence-based approach for kids whose interdental lisps won’t stay fixed!

Don’t you hate those pesky interdental lisps? You know, the ones that won’t stay fixed? To fix an interdental lisp – those lisps where your tongue sticks out between your teeth when you try to say /s/ – speech pathologists...

/ 11 September 2016

School-age stuttering research update: mixing and matching treatments to get results

We need better treatments for school-aged children who stutter. Research groups, like the Australian Stuttering Research Centre (ASRC) and The Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania are working hard to develop and test new treatments. But front-line speech pathologists and families of...

/ 5 September 2016