Category Archives: Speech Pathology

Michael Gamble – Speech Pathologist

Michael Gamble – Speech Pathologist

Michael is a highly trained paediatric speech pathologist with a strong reputation for providing children with creative and engaging speech therapy that focuses on their individual needs. Prior to joining the Kids First team, Michael worked for a highly respected children’s charity delivering speech therapy to disadvantaged children in Sydney preschools and schools. He has… Continue Reading

What Should I Do If I Suspect My Child Is Dyslexic?

Your children’s bedtime was always your favourite time of day—that’s when you read with them from their favourite books.  But there’s something different with your youngest, a five-year old.  He mispronounces common words, can’t remember nursery rhymes like “Jack and Jill,” and still can’t say his ABCs. At first, you assumed he just learned more… Continue Reading

5 Ways To Help Your Child with Receptive or Expressive Language Delay Make Friends

It can be heartbreaking watching your child play alone because she can’t relate to other children due to processing disorders like a receptive or expressive language delay. Having a a receptive or expressive language delay is like being in a country alone and not speaking the language. Here, Kids First’s speech pathologists explain how you… Continue Reading

Good NDIS News: Parents get choices for their children

In this final part of Kids First’s helpful introduction to the NDIS, our speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and teachers explain the choices that are available to northern beaches children and families. Read on for all the details … There’s quite a bit of confusion among parents whose children are eligible for the National Disability Insurance… Continue Reading

Your child and the NDIS: What is (and isn’t) covered

Part 3 of Kids First’s helpful series of NDIS facts dives into the issue of services that your child could be eligible for under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Get the details below … What does the NDIS cover? Many northern beaches families were hopeful that the NDIS would cover the schooling or medical costs that… Continue Reading

The NDIS in Sydney’s northern beaches: How to get funding for your child

In this second fact sheet in our NDIS series, the Kids First team explains how families in Sydney’s northern beaches can get and use NDIS funding for their child. There are 2 pathways to the NDIS. If your child is aged under 6, your journey will begin with an NDIS early childhood partner. If your… Continue Reading

NDIS offers support to children in Sydney’s northern beaches

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was introduced to Northern Sydney on July 1 2016, so the Kids First team in Brookvale has developed a series of fast fact sheets to help families navigate this new program. We hope you find our 4 part NDIS series helpful! Many families who have children with disabilities may be familiar… Continue Reading

5 ways speech therapy can help a child with Autism

Speech therapy is often one of the most common therapies parents seek when looking to support their child with autism.  Brenna Donovan, Speech Pathologist at Kids First Children’s Services in Sydney’s northern beaches, has supported hundreds of children with ASD and explains how speech therapy helps kids who are ‘on the Spectrum’. Speech therapy can… Continue Reading

Free Guide: What you need to know about kids who lisp

Speech pathologists from Kids First Children’s Services in Sydney’s northern beaches explain why some kids lisp and what parents can do to help. What is a lisp? A lisp is a speech sound error that usually presents when a child (or adult!) has difficulty placing their tongue in the correct position to produce /s/ and /z/… Continue Reading

My toddler is a late talker: Should I be worried?

Worried about your toddler’s late talking? Speech pathologists in Sydney’s northern beaches share expert advice. We’ve all heard it a hundred times, “Don’t compare your child’s development to any other child, they are all different!” Or maybe, “Don’t worry, my child was slow to talk and now they won’t be quiet” Or “She’ll outgrow it!”… Continue Reading