Category Archives: Speech Pathology

Fussy eaters tip: Let your children play with their food

Feeding therapists at Kids First Children’s Services encourage fussy eaters to play sensory games with food outside of mealtimes. It might be messy, but there’s method in their madness. When children play with food, instead of being expected to eat it, they get exposure to new touches, smells and tastes that can help them to… Continue Reading

Free Event: How to Feed Your Fussy Eater

 Are meal-times a mess for your family? Do you find yourself: Arguing with your children? Doing ‘deals’ to get them to eat? Wasting time, effort and money on dishes that don’t get eaten? Worrying that your child’s nutrition is compromised? Concerned that your child’s picky eating is stopping them from enjoying parties and outings that… Continue Reading

Knowing your child’s reading stage and how to help them

As a parent, you play a critical role in helping your child learn to read. This advice, from Ryan Spencer, Literacy Educator at the University of Canberra, will help you to identify your child’s reading skill level and how you can help at home. Learning to read is a complicated process and parents often wonder if… Continue Reading

How to encourage literacy in young children (and beyond)

What’s the best way to help your children with their schooling without actually doing it for them? Louise Phillips from the The University of Queensland and Pauline Harris, from the University of South Australia have been focusing on the answers to this question in a series of articles they have written for The Conversation. Their excellent ideas for… Continue Reading

Free Event: How to Help Your Child Become a Better Reader

Does your child struggle with any of these skills? Rhyming Reading unfamiliar words (and so guesses instead) Sounding words out Blending sounds together Reading aloud Remembering the alphabet, basic Maths and days of the week Spelling Pronouncing words (e.g. says ‘mawn lower’ instead of ‘lawn mower’) Learning new skills (compensates by relying on memorization) Remembering facts and numbers… Continue Reading

Free Parent Event: How to Teach Your Child to Talk

Have you noticed that your child… Is not using as many words as other children of the same age? Mispronouces sounds and words? Pinches, bites or hit other children instead of ‘using their words’? Has had lots of coughs, colds and ear infections? Struggles in English speaking environments (if another language is spoken at home)? Finds… Continue Reading

How to Help Your Child Who Stutters

If your child stutters, you’re not alone. According to the Australian Stuttering Research Centre (ASRC) at the University of Sydney, about 1 in every 12 children in Australia stutters. The condition ranges from barely perceptible to sufficiently severe that the child who struggles with the condition can barely be understood. In most cases, stuttering begins… Continue Reading

Meet Michael Gamble – Children’s Speech Pathologist

  Would an energetic male speech pathlogist make a difference to your son or daughter’s motivation for speech therapy? When kids are supported by someone they like and trust, their results often leap-frog months ahead, meaning that problems are overcome much more quickly and easily. And that’s just one of the reasons that speech pathologist,… Continue Reading