Speech & Language

There are lots of ways to build your child's vocabulary, and they don't need to be complicated. Vocabulary refers to the set of words that a child knows. Vocabulary can be split into two types: receptive vocabulary and expressive vocabulary. A child’s receptive vocabulary consists of the words the child understands when he/she hears or reads them. A child’s expressive vocabulary consists Read more

By Grace Adams, Speech Pathologist Asking and answering 'Wh-' questions is a key part of language development. Children must be able to understand questions in order to have a conversation and pass on information to others. Starting to ask and answer 'Wh-' questions is a milestone that most children start to reach between the age of 1 and 2 years, and they'll continue to develop their Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning Links Speech and language development is a critical step in nurturing the foundation of communication, self-expression and literacy. Children develop speech and language skills at vastly different rates, and sometimes this can leave parents worried about their own child’s development, particularly if they seem to be speaking Read more

Social cues are the pieces of information we subconsciously know without ever being explicitly taught them. These pieces of information are usually the unwritten rules or customs, the nuances of social communications or the assumptions and expectations we’re aware of within different contexts. Social cues and codes are learnt from an early age through observation of repeated behaviours within Read more

Stuttering Information

Speech & Language

Stuttering usually starts when children are two or three years old and almost always before five. It may start suddenly or develop gradually over days or weeks. Occasionally, children's stuttering seems to begin overnight. It is common for stuttering to fluctuate from day-to-day or from one conversation to the next for no obvious reason. Parents often report that their children stutter more Read more

Using these strategies can help your child develop their language skills. FACE your child and get down to their level, e.g. on the floor or at the table. OBSERVE and follow their interests. Join in with what they’re doing or talking about. WAIT for your child to do or say something first (a sound, word or action). Then respond to Read more

It is increasingly important to understand the importance of supporting bilingual children in early childhood. Australia is a country increasingly made up of people speaking different languages so it is vital that we understand how we can support English as a second language in children. Types of bilingualism There are many definitions of bilingualism; however, most Read more

Stuttering

Speech & Language

Stuttering is a motor speech disorder, characterised by various interruptions to the smooth flow of speech. Stuttering usually starts when children are two or three years old and almost always before five years of age. It may start suddenly or it may develop gradually over days or weeks. Occasionally, parents report that their children’s stuttering began overnight. It is common for Read more