Tag: MarieBashir

Is your child struggling to read? Here’s what works

On reflection, I’m incredibly lucky. Both my parents were teachers. Growing up, my house was full of chatter, stories and books. My early state school education in regional Victoria was long on “old school” phonics and short on fads. I learned...

/ 8 February 2017

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

Let’s cut to the chase: when should I seek help from a speech pathologist for my child?

Speech pathologists help people with communication problems. But many of us are not very good at explaining what we do in Plain English: We use too many long, pointless words. We call ourselves different things in different countries. We can’t...

/ 29 August 2016

FAQ: 10 common speech error patterns seen in children of 3-5 years of age – and when you should be concerned

Speech is a wonderfully complex skill, and children need lots of practice to learn how to do it.  As with any motor skill, children make plenty of mistakes as they learn to speak clearly. In English, we hear several common...

/ 22 July 2015

5 ways for teachers to help children who stutter – tips from people who stutter themselves

Last week I attended a public forum co-hosted by the Australian Speak Easy Association and the Australian Stuttering Research Centre of the University of Sydney.  The focus was on how to help school-age children who stutter in the classroom. The event...

/ 29 September 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

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