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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

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

Types of bilingualismThere are many definitions of bilingualism; however, most people define it as using two languages on a regular basis.The extent to which a person is bilingual can vary. Some people are equally proficient in two languages across a range of contexts and this is often referred to as ‘balanced bilingualism’. More often, when people are bilingual, one 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

Learning more than one language can be a rewarding experience for children. Being able to communicate means we can relate positively to the people in our lives. Children who use more than one language can understand and relate to a wider range of people in their community and have the ability to express themselves in more than one way.How children learn more than one language at the Read more

Use this as a guide, as children learn to communicate at different rates. Please see your GP or Early Childhood Nurse if concerned.0-3 MonthsResponds to loud voices and sounds, e.g. door slam, phone.Develops eye contact skills (looking at a face or following a moving object with their eyes).Has different cries to let you know about pain, hunger, Read more

To help improve your child’s muscle control, it is important to follow your child’s interests and make activities relaxing and fun. Praise your child for trying activities and don’t worry if they can’t complete them. Try to encourage your child to watch your face and remember that they often enjoy watching themselves or others make lip and tongue movements in a mirror.Here are some Read more