Tips for handwriting

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Many children struggle with learning handwriting. Handwriting is a skill that is important throughout school. Younger students face the challenge of learning letter shapes, while older students face the challenge of writing quickly enough to keep up with the workload … Continue reading

50 pre-writing tips

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Handwriting is a skill that is important throughout school. There are lots of fun ways to help preschool children develop the skills they need to be ready for learning handwriting when they begin school.  Handwriting is a complex skill which requires a number … Continue reading

Christmas and ASD

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Christmas means family, friends, parties, presents, food, music, lights, decorations, Santa and lots of hugs. Everything looks and sounds different, from decorations at home to Christmas music in the shops. Routines change at home and at school with parties, outings and … Continue reading

Stranger danger

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One of our Talking Matters Facebook friends asked for a post on “stranger danger” for ASD kids. Leah wrote ” I have an idea for a blog post – Stranger danger awareness for kids on the spectrum. I’m trying to teach … Continue reading

Action sentences

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Children usually begin to speak by learning lots of names of objects and people as well as some functional words such as “up, more, gone”.  In order to move from single words and phrases on to true sentences children need … Continue reading

Your child’s plan

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Do you need to develop a care plan for your child? In South Australia children diagnosed with autism and other disabilities are being supported under the new National Disability Insurance Agency (formerly NDIS or Disability Care Australia). While currently they are … Continue reading

Brainstorming

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A well developed vocabulary is important for so many skills, including effective oral communication, well developed written language skills, fluent reading and reading comprehension. Brainstorming helps develop  use of more complex vocabulary and assists in problem solving skills such as thinking … Continue reading

Social skills

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Most children develop social skills much like ducks learn to swim. Simply by being immersed in interactions with others they learn how to interpret messages they receive from other people and to respond appropriately. From birth most babies are hard-wired … Continue reading

Resources for kids!

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Have you checked out all the great resources that Talking Matters have available for free? At Talking Matters we love to share information about children’s development as well as ideas and activities for supporting kids speech, language, learning, social skills … Continue reading

Value of pretending

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Children have an in-built need to play which begins when they are babies. Play is vital for developing language, thinking, motor skills and social skills. As children grow and develop the type of play they enjoy changes too. Providing the right kinds … Continue reading