HAVE FUN WITH YOUR CHILDRENS SPEECH PATHOLOGY AS YOU DRIVE
When you are in the car with your child, you have a captive audience. We will share with you some fun ways of improving your child’s speech while you are driving.
After an initial consultation we analyse your child’s speech requirements, then show you fun and interesting ways to practise the new and easy skills in your spare time.
HOW CAN MY CHILD IMPROVE THEIR GRAMMAR AND SENTENCE STRUCTURE?
When children are learning to talk and are using 2 – 3 word "sentences", they begin to put grammar into their sentences. Researchers have found the first grammatical words in English are often “in, on”, the “-ing” ending on verbs (such as “running”) and the plural “s” at the end of words (such as “cats”). They also start using the pronoun “I” instead of “me”. They progress to other grammatical words and rules.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD TO COPY WHEN LEARNING TO TALK?
Children usually say their first words around 12 – 13 months. Some children take longer to learn to talk. Parents ask 'How can I get my child to talk?' There are numerous reasons why some children take longer.
Fiona finds some children have not mastered the idea of “copying”.
MANY CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS CAN READ WELL, BUT FIND ABSORBING INFORMATION FROM WHAT THEY READ VERY DIFFICULT
It is possible your child has difficulty understanding what they read, without you being aware.
Their ability to understand what is read can be assessed using reading tests which check for accuracy (how many words are correct), understanding and speed of reading.
CAN I HELP MY CHILD WHO STUTTERS?
What "not" to say to a child who stutters: do you know the difference between what 'TO' say, and what 'NOT' to say, if your child stutters? We use the most widely accepted stuttering treatment in Australia known as the Lidcombe Program. The program is specifically designed to teach your child to talk “smoothly” and to “say words easily” so his/her talking “flows”.
WHY ARE THE - R, TH, S, and V - SOUNDS HARD TO PRONOUNCE? CAN I PREPARE MY CHILD FOR SCHOOL WITH SOUNDS?
Did you know the R, TH, S and V sounds are the hardest sounds for most children to pronounce? In order to write them your child needs to be able to pronounce sounds accurately.
Speech Pathology can help enormously by assessing for mouth movement co-ordination, checking for the right pronunciation and offering the mirror technique for immediate feedback.