Tag: Language Delay

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

14 practical ideas to help your late talker (with pictures!)

I can’t help myself. Even when defrazzling with the kids on school holidays, I’m on the look out for great ideas to help parents with late-talking toddlers or children with language learning impairments. As regular readers know, I enjoy reading about theories of language development and...

/ 17 July 2016

Foster children at risk of speech and language delays

Speech pathologists must advocate for services for people who need them.  Today, I want to talk about foster children. According to Barnardos Australia and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, in Australia: one in seven children lives in poverty; almost...

/ 13 July 2015

“He was such a good baby. Never made a sound!” Late babbling as a red flag for potential speech-language delays

Mid-last century, researchers thought that babbling was unrelated to speech (e.g. Carroll, 1960). They were wrong. Not every sound is babbling As almost every parent or carer can attest, babies are noisy from birth!  Even in their first two months,...

/ 29 June 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

33 of our best free articles to get you up to speed on child speech, language, voice and reading delays, and stuttering

We’ve published heaps of free information about child communication delays and problems.  But who can be bothered trawling through a website? So 1990s. Here are direct, free links to 33 of our most popular information sheets and articles.  All in one convenient place. If...

/ 6 August 2014

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

Beyond school readiness: 7 signs that your kindergarten, year 1 or year 2 child may have a language delay

There are some fantastic school readiness checklists and speech-language programs out there to help you help your child develop the language skills necessary for his or her first day at big school.  But what signs of language delay should you...

/ 29 March 2014

Speech Talk 3: Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairments (RALLI)

How common are language impairments? What does a language impairment actually look like in conversation? How do language impairments affect children and adults at school and at work?  Where can people get help to find a diagnosis and treatment?  What...

/ 4 March 2014