Impacts of language disorders in the classroom


Language skills underpin a substantial part of academic learning, and determine how well children learn within the school environment. A language disorder refers to impaired understanding and/or production of spoken or written language,…

Is your Child Stuttering?


Stuttering is a highly variable communication disorder that affects many young children. Many children exhibit early signs of stuttering or disfluencies during their preschool years. While it is not uncommon for children to ‘outgrow’ their…

A few statistics on speech therapy


The prevalence of speech and language impairment in school aged children is significant, with one study in NSW (McLeod & McKinnon, 2007) revealing that 13% of children at primary and secondary schools have a communication disorder.…

Expressive Grammar Tasks


Correcting incorrect sentences Give the students examples of incorrect grammar and syntax and have them identify the errors and choose the suitable replacement. Initially they may need a choice of two answers but as they progress they…

Sequencing Activities


Story retell tasks Using books that are very visual to help with visualising/verbalising skills i.e. helping the student to retain a visual image to help with memory and recall. As you progress through the story highlight important and…

Word Retrieval Activities


Riddles Choose an object e.g. animal, furniture, food, transport etc and give clues without revealing the name of the object e.g. it’s a large grey animal, it has big floppy ears, it has a trunk. Category games Games that involve…

Ten Tips for Encouraging Your Child’s Speech and Language Development


1. Play face-to-face games with your child For instance, bubbles, throwing a ball, row row your boat or peek-a-boo. These games provide opportunities to engage with your child using not only your words but…

School Readiness: Statistics and Tips


At this time of year, every year, parents find themselves asking if their child will be ready for the brand new world that is primary school. It’s certainly a big step up from pre-school and not just because of the uniforms and…

Five Benefits of Mobile Speech Therapy


Clients are often more comfortable in their home environment. This means our clients are more likely to be in the correct frame of mind to learn and build their communication skills. It also means it is often quicker and easier for the…

School Readiness Checklist


At the beginning of every school year parents find themselves asking if their child is ready for the brand new world that is primary school. It’s certainly a big step up from pre-school and not just because of the uniforms and…

Language Development Milestones


Speech Therapy Checklist From Robert E Owens Jr 1996 “Language Development – An Introduction” and Speech Pathology Australia AGES 0-3 MONTHS Looks intently at a speaker Listens to voices Establishes eye contact with mother…

Articulation and Phonology Checklists


WHAT IS PHONOLOGY? HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM ARTICULATION? Children with speech errors may present with either or both of the following difficulties: Articulation – difficulty in producing individual sounds Phonological – difficulty being…