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Speech & Language

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning LinksSpeech 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

Written by Ameneh Shahaeian, Research Fellow in Developmental and Educational Psychology, Australian Catholic UniversityThere is magic in stories. We all remember hearing them as children, and we loved them. Imaginary Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2018 Learning LinksThe best way to describe the term ‘hidden curriculum’ is the information in life that everybody automatically knows without ever being explicitly taught. These pieces of information are usually the unwritten rules or customs, the nuances of social communications or the assumptions and expectations within different Read more

 Lorraine Hammond, Edith Cowan University. Education Minister Simon Birmingham has announced that all Australian six-year-olds will soon be required to do a phonics test.Researchers, parents and others concerned about our system’s failure to identify children who initially struggle to learn to read – and can go on to have a reading disability – have pushed Read more

 Pamela Snow, La Trobe University; Anne Castles, Macquarie University; Kevin Wheldall, Macquarie University, and Max Coltheart, Macquarie UniversityIn the face of unacceptably low literacy standards in Australian schools, the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) recently advocated a trial of the UK Phonics Screening Check (PSC) as one part of the Read more

 Mark Onslow, University of Sydney. Starting school can be daunting for any child. Often it is the first excursion into the world without parent contact. The teacher is a new person in the child’s life, who, among many other things, is a daytime caregiver.For a child who stutters, the school years can be a wonderfully supportive experience. However, those Read more

Hua-Chen Wang, Macquarie University.The efficacy of phonics as a method of teaching has been debated for several decades, and has recently come back to the forefront of public debate.This time, the focus is on the phonics check – a screening tool designed to identify early readers who may be in need of intervention, and provide some indication of how successful current phonics 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