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Decodable Books – What’s the Point?

What are Decodable Readers? If your child is learning to read you may have heard the term “decodable readers”. The Ministry of Education is set to release a set of decodable readers shortly – much to the excitement of parents and professionals who advocate for a structured literacy approach. Decodable readers are books which are… Read More »Decodable Books – What’s the Point?

Transition to Teletherapy

What is teletherapy?Teletherapy is just like regular speech and language therapy, however it is conducted through video chat. Your therapist will organise activities and games much like in face to face therapy (board games, “make a” games e.g. make a pizza, colouring, surprise games e.g. crack the egg, and many more!) What does teletherapy look… Read More »Transition to Teletherapy

Supporting Language Growth Through Shared Reading

Why Shared Storybook Reading? Many studies have reported the benefits of shared storybook reading on language development and literacy. Research has shown that reading with your child actively participating (rather than just listening) promotes better outcomes. Learning simple techniques to maximise your child’s interaction during shared storybook reading is an invaluable skill for supporting their… Read More »Supporting Language Growth Through Shared Reading

Glue Ear and Speech and Language Development

Glue Ear, Grommets, and Speech and Language Development Verbal communication begins with babies listening to adults and children around them talking, and practicing verbalisations through babbling.  Many children develop ear infections during their early years, which may compromise their hearing at a time of rapid speech and language development. While the odd ear infection may not… Read More »Glue Ear and Speech and Language Development

How Does Bilingualism Impact My Child’s Language Development?

What is Bilingualism? A person who can use two languages is bilingual. They may be more advanced communicators in one language than in another (the dominant language), and may use different languages in different environments. Over time a person’s skills in each language may alter due to practice and use, and the dominant language may… Read More »How Does Bilingualism Impact My Child’s Language Development?

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Making Sense of Core and Fringe Vocabulary

Having access to core and fringe vocabulary is essential for effective communication. If your child is using any form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), it is likely that you have heard the term “core vocabulary” before. Core vocabulary words are the most commonly used words, which make up approximately 80% of what we say… Read More »Making Sense of Core and Fringe Vocabulary