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Why is reading difficult for my child? Literacy - Child Struggles To ReadLiteracyReading

Why is reading difficult for my child?

Home readers, sight words, NAPLAN….while these words are just an ordinary part of the schooling experience for some, for others, they bring huge stress and angst. Often difficulties with these experiences arise from a breakdown in reading. Despite consistent efforts with daily homework, some children continue to be slow, effortful, frustrated readers. A question we often receive from our families, is: “why is it so hard for us to grasp?”.…
Lauren Crumlish
April 9, 2017
Is your child having too much screen time? Kids Using DevicesEarly Years

Is your child having too much screen time?

Screen time in isolation can not hope to compare to the power of a consistent and nurturing response of a caregiver. A question and concern that I often receive clinically from parents relates to screen time and ‘how much is too much?’. This can be a tricky question to answer. In our modern society, it feels like IT and media is forever becoming more accessible and in-our-face. On top of…
Lauren Crumlish
March 25, 2017
3 tips to get the best out of your speech therapy session Lauren CrumlishStrategies

3 tips to get the best out of your speech therapy session

Not all therapy sessions are created equal! How well our little ones can engage and remain focused can have a huge impact on how they respond to therapy work. With therapy sessions only lasting for 45 minutes, it is critical that this time is used effectively to maximise outcomes. Luckily there are golden tips and tricks that you can use to help your little one get the most out of…
Lauren Crumlish
March 12, 2017
Early InterventionEarly InterventionEarly Years

Early Intervention Speech Pathology When parents have started to realise that their little one’s speech, language or fluency development is falling behind average age expectations, they often ask – what next? Should I just wait? Will they grow out of it? Will they just catch up? Am I overreacting? Research indicates that early intervention is one way to minimise the impacts of speech and language difficulties long term. The power of early intervention…
Lauren Crumlish
March 11, 2017

Essentially, childhood speech and language development is dependent on interaction. If children aren’t hearing, or their hearing is reduced, they will have limited exposure to adult modelling of appropriate speech and language forms through their interactions.

Lauren Crumlish
Speech & language milestones Speech Language QueenslandEarly YearsSpeech Sound Development

Speech & language milestones

In 5 short years, a child will progress from a largely non-verbal state to a connected state, capable of maintaining a conversation with at least 90% clarity.Lauren Crumlish Speech and Language Milestones 0-5 Years of Age A child’s speech and language development is a highly complex, intricate process. Even during periods when it may seem like they are plateauing at a certain development level, their brain is consistently absorbing and…
Lauren Crumlish
March 9, 2017

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