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What is Stuttering?

What is Stuttering?

In the first few years of children’s lives, their brains are processing thousands of new words and sounds. This can often cause children to have a stutter. For many children, the stutter disappears on its own, but for others, this is not always the case. This is where...

Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills

Why is fine motor skill development important? Little hands need to develop control and strength over the years. We, as parents or caregivers, can help this process by encouraging children to play, explore and interact with all sorts of items used in daily life.  Over...

Music and Speech Therapy

Music and Speech Therapy

Music is the foundation of communication. From birth, singing nursery rhymes naturally support early language and social development, as there is a lot of repetition and imitation encouragement.  Music utilises elements of tempo, rhythm, melody, harmony, and texture...

Breathe, Eat, Sleep, Talk = BEST Practice

Breathe, Eat, Sleep, Talk = BEST Practice

I am indebted to Speech Pathologist and professional mentor Ms. Sharon Moore for permission to reference and quote excerpts from her book, The Sleep-Wrecked Child (2018)  Orofacial myology is a new area of speciality for Speech Pathologists. For most of us breathing,...

What to expect from your first speech pathology session

What to expect from your first speech pathology session

What to expect from your first speech pathology session You have just booked your child in their first speech pathology appointment. Congratulations! You’re now one step closer to ensuring your child has the best opportunity to enhance their communication abilities....

Help !  My child’s skills are going backwards

Help ! My child’s skills are going backwards

HELP! My child’s skills are going backwards! Regardless of whether your child is still attending speech pathology sessions, was previously discharged, or has never had speech pathology intervention, there are many factors that can impact on your child’s present and...

Let’s Talk about Weighted Blankets

Let’s Talk about Weighted Blankets

Let’s talk about weighted blankets! Over recent months, there has been much chatter on social media about the use of weighted blankets for both children and adults. We thought it was therefore perfect timing to remind everyone about their use. There is very limited...

Shopping List Game

Shopping List Game

The Shopping List Game: A clinic favourite! We love the Shopping List Game! Made by Orchard Toys. The aim of the Shopping List game is to fill your shopping trolley first with the items on your list. This game is fantastic because it can be modified depending on your...

Voice and Identity

Voice and Identity

Voice and Identity You can determine many things from a person’s voice. You can determine age and origin, you can hear emotions, intentions and attitudes. However, the most obvious thing that the voice reveals is one’s gender. The World Health Organisation (2017) as...

Tips for Picky Eaters – The 3 E’s

Tips for Picky Eaters – The 3 E’s

Many parents worry about what their child is eating or not eating. Here are three tips and tricks to prevent mealtime battles. The first E is to expose. Expose means provide opportunities for your kids to get used to unfamiliar foods, this is a great way for your kids...

Toy of the Term – Sticker Books

Toy of the Term – Sticker Books

Reusable sticker books are endless fun for children 3 and up, with the best part being that they can be used over and over again (and are easy to remove from surfaces!). We love using reusable sticker books in the clinic. They are a great way to target so many areas...

How can I work on speech sounds at Home?

How can I work on speech sounds at Home?

This blog is part two  - Working on Speech  Part one Your Speech Pathologist will be able to equip you with different strategies and techniques to ensure you and your child have successful practise at home. After all, perfect practise makes perfect! Home practise is...

Working with Speech Sounds

Working with Speech Sounds

Do you have a little person in your life that is hard to understand? At Peninsula Speech Pathology Services we have a dedicated and experienced team to help children achieve their articulation goals! What is articulation? Articulation refers to the production of...

Building your Therapy Team

Building your Therapy Team

The Introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) aims to give individuals and families greater control and choice over who provides their services. There are a number of ways Allied Health professional conduct therapy and support the achievements of...

Beyond the Clinic

Beyond the Clinic

I love it when I get the chance to work beyond the clinic room. This week I had the absolute pleasure of working with a group of Scout and Joey leaders. In my work with young people on the Autism Spectrum, I realised that many of them are involved in Scouting with...

More Than Words Training

More Than Words Training

Attending the Hanen ‘More Than Words’ workshop, I had no idea what to expect. It is a workshop designed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). However, I found the strategies I learnt are applicable to both my children diagnosed with ASD and...

Let’s Get Prepped for Prep

Let’s Get Prepped for Prep

Are you and your child prepared for Prep? Moving from preschool to primary school is a very exciting time in a child’s life – but it can also be daunting! The language used at school is more demanding and more complex than language used at preschool. This change in...

Get Prepped for Prep

Get Prepped for Prep

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  – Dr. Seuss Starting school is a big milestone – for parents and children. It’s a big step up from Kinder and we want it to go smoothly for everyone.  After...

Using toys in therapy

Using toys in therapy

You don’t have to look far to find motivating toys to work on speech and language goals. Often the gems are found in your house.  In the clinic I am loving Trash Packs coupled with the Trash Pack truck. Trash Packs are mini squashy pieces of rubber with disgusting...

It’s not a box

It’s not a box

It’s Not a Box!! Want to build your child’s imaginative and pretend play? Then this is the book for you!! Written by Antoinette Portis an American writer who lives in California, and presented in eco-friendly brown cardboard construct, this book is a true delight....

Favourite Apps – Pepi Bath

Favourite Apps – Pepi Bath

Another app we like is ‘Pepi bath’ (Lite version). This app has a boy and a girl who need some help to wash their clothes and get ready in the morning. This app is very interactive and lots of fun. This app does not have any spoken vocabulary so you can build in...

Eggs-tra Fun at Easter

Eggs-tra Fun at Easter

The Easter Bunny and Bilby are hard at work getting ready for their deliveries! But in all the hustle and bustle, they found time to share some eggs-tra fun ideas for our friends at PSPS! All you need is some fillable plastic eggs, found at most discount shops. I came...

Telehealth

Telehealth

Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies, for example Skype, or FaceTime. Telehealth could be as simple as two health practitioners discussing a case over the phone or as sophisticated as doing robotic...

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

I have recently had a few children come into the clinic who wish to start or are using some form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Augmentative communication refers to adding or enhancing the communication already used (e.g. using gestures, eye...

The Importance of Phonological Awareness

The Importance of Phonological Awareness

What is Phonological Awareness? It’s an awareness that words: contain beats or syllables (su- per- mar-ket) can rhyme (cat, hat, bat) can start with similar sounds (messy Matilda) are made by blending separate sounds together (f-i-sh makes fish) can be segmented into...

The Importance of Visuals

The Importance of Visuals

“I can’t remember because you took away the pictures” These words were spoken by a 6 year old boy with high functioning Autism. I was doing a formal assessment of his language skills. We had come to the Sentence Recall task where he had only to repeat back what I had...

Bag Tags

Bag Tags

When I sent my daughter to school, I was convinced I would never see that nice new lunch box again, not to mention the jumper or hat we had bought. Having a speechie mum she went off to school with a bag tag inside the front pocket with a visual strip of all the...

Dogs in Therapy

Dogs in Therapy

Everyone loves animals! We know this as more than 63% of Australians currently own a pet and up to 83% will have a pet in their lifetime. What’s more, research has shown that they are good for our health! Interested? Read on…. Compared to those who don’t have a pet,...

A fun game to play with your child

A fun game to play with your child

One of the games we love is ‘My Little Sandbox’. This is a game with colourful sand which comes in different themes (e.g., Pirate Treasure, Princess Dreams, Space Mission etc.)  You can also make your own variations on this by choosing your own items. Why we love it!...

Making Food Fun for Christmas

Making Food Fun for Christmas

Most of us look forward to Christmas and all the wonderful food that comes with it. Many of our children struggle with the sensory aspects of food particularly colour, smell, taste and texture and are reluctant to eat or even touch many food types. Christmas can be a...

Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline

Have you noticed a difference in your child’s mood, or are people noticing that your child doesn’t seem themselves? You are not alone. Statistics from the Department of Health from 2000 showed that 14% of young people have mental health issues. It is anticipated that...

Speech and Language Fun Outside

Speech and Language Fun Outside

Now that we finally have some good weather… …What are some things I can do outside with my child?  There are so many things you can do outside together… here are some games you can play (whilst still building your child’s skills): ‘I see’/‘I spy’ games. This game can...

Visualising and Verbalising Program

Visualising and Verbalising Program

  “If I can’t picture it I can’t understand it” Albert Einstein I’m having fun re-discovering this program with some of my clients who have auditory processing difficulties that affect their auditory memory and language/reading comprehension. We use two levels of...

Social Thinking

Social Thinking

In August, several of our team members attended a professional development conference on Social Thinking and social skill development with Michelle Garcia Winner. It was an incredible two days, jam-packed with information, strategies and resources. We are very excited...

Favourite Apps – Toca Boca

Favourite Apps – Toca Boca

Here at Peninsula Speech Pathology Services, we all have a favourite app or two that we use regularly with the kids. One of my favourite series of apps is from Toca Boca. These are a range of apps that depict everyday activities, such as going to the doctor, having a...

Using specific feedback when learning a new skill

Using specific feedback when learning a new skill

Learning a new skill can sometimes be hard! It takes practice, practice and more practice.  Learning a new sound is no different - the process is a journey. Success isn’t about being right the first time, but rather the ability to change and improve. When working with...

Favourite Apps – Mr. Potato Head Create & Play

Favourite Apps – Mr. Potato Head Create & Play

It's Speech Pathology Week An excellent time to celebrate your child's ability to communicate! Looking for an app for targeting a range of skills and one that the kids will love?  Try another of our favourite apps - 'Mr. Potato Head - Create & Play'. Here are some...

Protecting your Voice

Protecting your Voice

  What does it mean to lose your voice? There are a wide range of terms used, from being “hoarse” (dysphonia) to completely having no voice (aphonia). Sometimes it happens after a bad flu/cold, sometimes you just shouted a bit too loud at the TV for your...

5 Tips for Reading with your Toddler

5 Tips for Reading with your Toddler

Tip #1: Be Engaging Showing enthusiasm for reading will rub off on your child! Make your voice interesting by using loud and soft, high and low variations to help your child cue in to important or new words. Make different voices for the different characters to keep...

Therapy Favourites – Blocks

Therapy Favourites – Blocks

I love these blocks. They are one of the most versatile resources I have and I am still discovering new ways to use them in therapy. Here’s a few examples; “Talking Towers” (can also be done using duplo blocks or similar) articulation, build a tower saying your sound...

Favourite Apps – My PlayHome

Favourite Apps – My PlayHome

We are often asked, "what’s a good app I can use with my child"? There are so many great apps on the market and so many ways we can use them. One app we really like is My PlayHome. With this app you can target a number of areas through your modelling and questioning....

Practice at home

Practice at home

For many of our parents, it can be very challenging to come up with ideas for home speech therapy practice. Trying to think about how to incorporate your child’s target words/sounds/concepts into activities with the familiar toys at home can be frustrating, especially...

My child can’t say th. Is this normal?

My child can’t say th. Is this normal?

Well, yes it could be normal that your child cannot produce the /th/ sound, depending on their age. Children acquire speech sounds in a particular order with some being early developing and others being later developing. /th/ is one of those later developing sounds....

Making Articulation Therapy Interesting

Making Articulation Therapy Interesting

Articulation therapy is about establishing correct motor patterns for speech sounds. Once we have helped the child achieve the sound by itself – they then need to master correct sound production in syllables, words, phrases, sentences and every day conversation.  Oh …...

What is Auditory Processing?

What is Auditory Processing?

Put simply, Auditory Processing is "What we do with what we hear". There are 3 steps required to understand language: Hearing - We have to be able to hear the sounds and words Listening - Actively paying attention to what is being said or heard Processing - What we do...

June is Aphasia Awareness Month

What is Aphasia? Aphasia is a communication impairment that can affect all aspects of language, including understanding speech, speaking, reading, and writing. Aphasia is caused by a brain injury, typically due to stroke, acquired brain injury, or some other illness....

Myths about eating

Myths about eating

"Why is it is so difficult to get my child to eat? Surely eating is a basic skill.  I have been told not to worry, that he will eat when he is hungry.  Meal times are such a battle."   Myth #1 = Eating is the Body’s number 1 priority Actually, breathing is the...

What should I do if my 2 year old only has a few words?

What should I do if my 2 year old only has a few words?

While not typical, such a situation is not necessarily cause for panic. What is important, are the signs of language readiness. * Does your child point to objects? Pointing to a toy he wants or to a picture in a book is closely related to the beginning of actual...

How to pick a great toy

How to pick a great toy

As a speech pathologist, one of the questions I am asked most often is “What toys will help my child talk?”  The toys on this list include many of my “must haves” for working with early language learners, as well as those that I would generally recommend to parents of...

Welcome

Welcome

The team at Peninsula Speech Pathology Services welcome you to our new website. Apart from the new look, we have also launched a brand new blog and we are excited at the opportunity to share our thoughts and experiences with you. Being new to blogging we're sure it...