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Compound Words are my favourite!

Compound Words are my favourite!

Compound words are my favourite word set to practice phonemic awareness skills of segmentation blending and manipulation.  They also highlight the need for strong language skills so that children can separate the meaning of words into word segments.  So, it's no...

Literacy Journey

Literacy Journey

My private practice is involved in a fantastic project.  We are working with Prep classrooms and their feeder Preschool classrooms to develop Oral Language and Phonemic Awareness skills for the outcome of increased literacy skills in grade two.  Speech pathologists,...

Let’s talk Boom Cards

Let’s talk Boom Cards

A couple of months ago, I knew only a little about Boom Cards.  They weren't part of my therapy resource inventory, but they were on my 'must learn more about that' list. Then COVID-19 arrived and the learning significantly increased in so many areas.  Not only did my...

Tele therapy – a new journey

Tele therapy – a new journey

Well, it has been an interesting week.  I can’t believe how much new information I have read, processed and developed. Within my private practice, I am in the process of developing our service delivery options for families.  This includes telehealth.  Interestingly I...

Let’s talk Hierarchies

Let’s talk Hierarchies

Isolation to conversation We are all aware of the hierarchies we work through when working with speech and language tasks, but are we good at explaining these to parents and … do you stick to them? I have had parents who return after the first therapy session and when...

How to pick a great toy?

How to pick a great toy?

As a speech pathologist, one of the questions I am often asked 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 young...

Mr Potato Head

Mr Potato Head

As a child, I always wanted a Mr Potato Head. I didn't have one as a child, but it was one of the first toys I purchased for my clinic room. Everybody loves Mr Potato head. Here are some of the things I use Mr Potato head for in the clinic: *Making requests (e.g., ‘I...