The Importance of Shared Book Reading with Children


Reading to children is known to be vitally important for language development. However, while we are used to the traditional format of reading aloud to children while they sit and listen, it is important to actually encourage a dialogue…

The Importance of Routines in Child Development


Routines play a significant role in a child’s learning and development. Such routines we carry out in the day include meal times, bath time, and bed time routines, as well as those embedded in transitioning from one part of the day to the…

Importance of imitation skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Imitation involves a child’s ability to copy others’: actions with objects (such as banging on a drum, pushing a car), gestures and body movements (such as clapping hands or waving), vocalizations (sounds) or words.

Phonological Processes


Some big words to mean patterns of errors children make when learning to speak, to make speaking easier. These errors reflect a difficulty in organising the patterns of speech sounds in the brain.

Selective Mutism – A Guide for parents and teachers


Selective Mutism (SM) is a relatively rare anxiety disorder that causes children to experience difficulties when communicating in certain social situations such as at school, with relatives or friends. Children with Selective Mutism…

Distinguishing between English as a second language and a language disorder


What is the difference between a child with a language disorder and a child who is in the process of acquiring a second language? This can be a difficult question to answer for parents and teachers of children who speak more than one…

Vocal Hygiene


Voice misuse/vocal abuse is vocal behaviours leading to traumatic tissue changes of the vocal folds. Our voice is generated from the vibrations of the vocal folds. The vibrations which move these folds is powered by breath support.

Parkinson’s Disease: Communication & Swallowing Tips for Clients & Carer’s


Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Nerve cells in the Basil Ganglia (an area in the brain) are responsible for the coordination of movements and maintaining good posture.

What is Joint Attention?


Joint attention is when two people co-ordinate their focus of attention to the same thing (either a person, object, event, etc.). It is a skill that begins to develop very early in life, as early as infancy.

Dementia and Communication


Dementia describes a collection of symptoms which affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Functioning can be affected enough to interfere with an individual’s regular social or working life.

Raising Bilingual Children


Children are born with the capacity to learn the language(s) that they are exposed to. They are able to attend to the different speech sounds they hear around them, and learn to produce these sounds. The majority of children will have no…

I just want him to say Mum


When a child has speech, language or other developmental delays, often one of the first things we hear from parents is ‘I just want him to say Mum (or Dad)’. It’s a goal that’s full of meaning, and intent, and it’s an utterance that is so…