Stuttering 101

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Stuttering or dysfluency is something that most people have heard of but may not fully understand. There are many myths around stuttering. Stuttering is not related to the child’s personality or intelligence and is not caused by the way parents interact … Continue reading

Games for Travelling

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Are you travelling back from holidays with the kids, or even just stuck inside during the wet weather? Families spend lots of time in the car, whether for a day trip or on a longer adventure or just to appointments … Continue reading

Holiday language fun

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Holidays are a great time for doing fun activities with kids. Why not use these activities to develop language and literacy skills. Younger children almost seem to “forget” their literacy skills over the holiday break. Older kids can benefit from … Continue reading

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

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

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

Learning to Move

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As parents we wait in anticipation for our child to take their first steps; ready to snap photos and jot down ages and dates in baby books. Those first steps are a kind of rite of passage from being a baby … 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