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

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

Would speech therapy help?

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

Speech, Language and School Success

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Literacy skills including reading, reading comprehension, written language and spelling are vital skills that affect children’s success in all areas of learning at school. Literacy is the way that children access information in all subject areas and is also how … Continue reading

Give books for Xmas

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Parents often ask what are good ideas for things to get their child for Christmas to help develop their speech and language skills. Including some books in your child’s stocking gives them a lasting gift which is valuable for so many reasons. Books introduce children … Continue reading

Ready for Books!

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It is never to early to introduce your child to books and the sooner you do, the more time your child has to develop the skills to be ready for developing formal reading and writing skills when they start school. … Continue reading

Speaking of books!

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As we say goodbye to Speech Pathology Week, we can look forward to Book week coming up on the 20th of August. The Talking Matters team are planning to dress up to celebrate and we look forward to seeing lots … Continue reading

Struggling? Could it be language?

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Do you know a child who is struggling at school? Language delays and difficulties are one of the most common reasons why children struggle to learn and yet a language assessment is often not suggested for several years after concerns … Continue reading

Barrier games for fun learning!

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Speech pathologists love barrier games and they are great for parents, teachers, support workers and child care workers too, really anyone who works with children. Barrier games are a fun way to develop listening skills, oral language skills, social language skills, … Continue reading

10 ways to use puppets

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Puppets are a fun and exciting way encourage children to learn language and social skills. Their use allows children to learn to express themselves and interact with others in an exciting and engaging way. They are diverse, inexpensive and can … Continue reading