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

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

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

Supporting Kid’s Speech

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Do you know a child who needs support for speech skills? Children with speech delays and disorders can struggle with social interactions and sometimes behaviour due to the frustration and isolation of not being able to communicate. Longer term speech delays can … 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

Best of 2016!

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2016 has been a busy year. Every week we have shared information with the families and colleagues we work with; as well as parents and professionals all over the world; to help kids learn and develop to their potential. We … Continue reading