Preparing for reading

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Learning to read and write is probably the biggest schooling achievement for children and for many also the biggest challenge. We know that literacy effects all other areas of learning. Research has told us lots about what makes kids good or … Continue reading

OT for school

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One of the things that OT can really help with is helping school kids be calm, alert and ready to learn. Whether you are a parent, teacher, child care worker, support worker or therapist you want the children in your … Continue reading

Moving on with sounds!

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Phonological Awareness is the ability to hear and understand sounds and sound patterns within words.  Last week we looked at the earliest skills needed to develop early literacy; understanding rhyme, syllables and beginning sounds. Today we will look at the next … Continue reading

10 school report worries

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Sometimes, when school reports come home, they are not what we as parents are hoping for. Here are ten areas where some kids struggle at school and some ideas about what parents can do to help. Before we break it down … Continue reading

Multi-sensory words

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Some kids struggle to learn and remember sight words. The Talking Matters team along with some educators from schools and preschools around Adelaide spent two days this week with Diana Rigg of PLD resources learning about developing early literacy skills. PLD … Continue reading

Books for literacy

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So why are stories so important for kids learning? The ability to retell stories ties in closely with the ability to write well later on.  It also relates to a child’s reading and comprehension skills. Fluent reading relies on predicting skills … Continue reading

About dyslexia

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Worried about your child's reading, writing or spelling? We've been looking at literacy development and today's post looks at what to do when things are not going well.  Children and adults who have difficulties reading and writing are often said to … Continue reading

More sound awareness

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Phonological Awareness is the ability to hear and understand sounds and sound patterns within words.  Last week we looked at the earliest skills needed to develop early literacy, understanding rhyme, syllables and beginning sounds. Today we will look at the next … Continue reading

Emergent literacy

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Learning to read and write is probably the biggest schooling achievement  for children and for many also the biggest challenge. We know that literacy effects all other areas of learning either for better or for worse, depending whether a child … Continue reading

FAQ Speech pathology

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Wondering if speech therapy is what your child needs? Read on to find out. When should I call a speech pathologist? Speech pathologists can help when kids have problems with communication, including speech, language, literacy and social communication. How do … Continue reading