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Speech Pathology The Animated Series™ Episode 1
Episode 1: 6th April, 2018

The Importance of Early Intervention

A video capturing the vital need for early intervention services for children between 0 and 5 years of age.

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    We are often asked, when is the best age to start with speech therapy? Put simply, earliest is always best. Speech pathologists can complete assessments and treat children from 16 months to 18 years of age. However, there is a very strong evidence base to support early intervention. If we can support children from birth until they are 4 or 5, we can act proactively reduce the long-term impacts of a communication disorder and give our kids the best chance to be ready for school. There really shouldn’t be a, “just wait and see”. In many ways, this old saying can do harm. Taking action today can ensure that your child is given the best opportunity to reach their full potential.

Speech Pathology The Animated Series™
Speech Pathology The Animated Series™ Episode 1
Episode 2: 30th April, 2018

0-12 months: Speech, Spoken Language and Understanding

Parents have a lot of questions about their child’s speech, understanding and language their first 12 months. In this video, we’ll discuss what you should generally expect of your child’s understanding and use of language in their first 12 months.

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    Parents have a lot of questions about their child’s speech, understanding and language their first 12 months. When should my child say their first words? Is language actually developing in this early stage? In this video, we’ll discuss what you should generally expect of your child’s understanding and use of language in their first 12 months. Many people do not realise that huge amounts of language development are occurring in a baby's first 12 months. In a baby’s first 12 months they will develop eye contact, smiling, the ability to turn to noises and to you when you enter a room. Around 4-6 months they will respond to their own name, and with time they will respond to “no” and changes in the tone of your voice. As they near 12 months they will begin to respond to simple commands (“give it to mummy”) and it will seem like they are listening to your conversations. The first 12 months are also all about sounds! A newborn will make sounds to indicate comfort or pain. As months pass, they will begin “cooing”, exploring their voice (how loud and high they can go!). Around 8 months children use gesture expressively - through reaching and pointing for things. Children are babbling by 10 months. Babbling will be repeated (/mamama/ and differing /badegoo/). Around your little one’s first birthday, their first meaningful words will also emerge. An exciting milestone for all, especially those who are there to witness. If you have any concerns or would like information specific to your child, we recommend that you touch base with your speech pathologist.

Speech Pathology The Animated Series™
Speech Pathology The Animated Series™ Episode 1
Episode 3: 25th June, 2018

1-2 Years: Speech, Spoken Language and Understanding

Parents have a lot of questions about their child’s speech, understanding and use of language when their child is 1. Should my baby have words when they are one? When should they start talking?

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    Welcome to another episode from Speech Pathology The Animated Series. Parents have a lot of questions about their child’s speech, understanding and use of language when their child is 1. Should my baby have words when they are one? When should they start talking? How many words should my 15 or 18-month-old have? In this video, we’ll discuss what you should generally expect of your child’s understanding and use of language when they have had their first birthday and they are approaching 2 years. Around the time of their first birthday, a little one’s first words emerge. They will still be babbling at this stage and using gesture. As they acquire more words, the amount of babbling will reduce. More words will be used as a child nears two years of age when they are expected to begin combining words. R: From 1-2 years a baby continues to understand more and more. They will respond to their name, complete a simple instruction (get teddy!) and will understand around 10 words - (12 months). Around 18 months, they can identify several body parts and understand up to 50 words. Young children will experience joy in interacting and will seek out your attention. If you have any concerns or would like information specific to your child, we recommend that you touch base with your speech pathologist.

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