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

Raising Confident Kids

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One of the most important things we can do as a parent is raise our children to be confident. With confidence they are better equipped to deal with the challenges that life brings. We all want our kids to be confident … 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

Social skills 20 ways!

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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 to … 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

Supporting Fussy Eaters

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Eating is an easy, enjoyable and natural thing for most children, but for some eating can be hard. They may struggle to manage food or avoid eating. There are many reasons why eating can be hard for kids.  A number … 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