Ready for Books!

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It is never to early to introduce your child to books and the sooner you do, the more time your child has to develop the skills to be ready for developing formal reading and writing skills when they start school. … Continue reading

Book Week, All About Stories!

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The theme for this years Book Week is “Australia, Story Country”. Stories play and important part in child’s learning both at school in terms of learning literacy and at home in terms of learning language skills.  So why are stories … Continue reading

Speaking of books!

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As we say goodbye to Speech Pathology Week, we can look forward to Book week coming up on the 20th of August. The Talking Matters team are planning to dress up to celebrate and we look forward to seeing lots … Continue reading

About Speech Pathology

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A speech and language assessment may be recommended if your child is having difficulties communicating, shows speech or language skills below the level expected for their age or is having difficulties with learning. Speech and language skills may also be … Continue reading

Preschool Social Development

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Some children develop social skills easily and naturally while others need extra help. How do we know whether kids need help or not? Let’s look at typical children’s development of some key social skills. This week we will look at … Continue reading

Struggling? Could it be language?

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Do you know a child who is struggling at school? Language delays and difficulties are one of the most common reasons why children struggle to learn and yet a language assessment is often not suggested for several years after concerns … Continue reading

Barrier games for fun learning!

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Speech pathologists love barrier games and they are great for parents, teachers, support workers and child care workers too, really anyone who works with children. Barrier games are a fun way to develop listening skills, oral language skills, social language skills, … Continue reading

Talking Matters turns 10!

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As we celebrate our 10th birthday we wanted to share with you how Talking Matters has grown over the years.  In the beginning Talking Matters began with two speech pathologists and a part time receptionist/speech assistant. All were parents of children … Continue reading

10 ways to use puppets

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Puppets are a fun and exciting way encourage children to learn language and social skills. Their use allows children to learn to express themselves and interact with others in an exciting and engaging way. They are diverse, inexpensive and can … Continue reading

Why do kids need play?

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It looks simple, but it is also so valuable. Kids really do learn lots and lots of skills just by playing. Pretend play is particularly valuable for kids in all kinds of ways.  Imaginative play or pretend play is vital … Continue reading