Learning to manage emotions

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Understanding and managing emotions is an important part of our social development, which impacts on our ability to relate to others as well as to regulate our own behaviour. Children begin to learn about emotions very early in life. They need … Continue reading

Language for Literacy

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At Talking Matters we know learning literacy skills is crucial for school success. We also know that literacy is challenging for many of the children we support who have developmental challenges. Find out how you can support your child to … Continue reading

Why kids need play!

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Play is a vital part of learning and developing as a child.  Parents who understand the importance of play, offer their child quality, age appropriate play experiences and take time to play with their child are helping their child to … Continue reading

Learn while you wait

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At Talking Matters we are passionate about parents making the most of teachable moments to help children learn. For children who visit us regularly whether for therapy or because they are waiting for a sibling, time spent in the waiting … Continue reading

Superpowers at home

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Parents are the most important people in kids lives. Parents and therapists work together to help kids learn and develop which can make a real difference to kids lives. An hour or so of therapy alone can make some difference but … Continue reading

Caring for Mum

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Being a mum is a tough job, but it is even tougher when one or more of your children have special needs. It is hard for mums to take then time out to care for themselves when their child’s needs seem so important … Continue reading

A Mum’s ASD tips

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At Talking Matters we believe that working in partnership with parents is the most effective way to work with children with ASD (and any other kids too). We don’t have a magic wand that we use when do therapy, rather … Continue reading

Learning to pretend

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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. If parents can take time out from their busy lives to play too the learning will be even better … Continue reading

Developing Self Care Skills

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Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) include the things that children normally complete as part of their everyday lives. An important group of these activities includes things children do as they learn to care for themselves such as dressing and grooming. Some children … Continue reading

How else can speech pathologists help?

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Are you wondering how a speech pathologist can help your child? You may be surprised to find they do much more than “just speech”!  Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, swallowing, fluency and … Continue reading