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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

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

Some days it seems the only predictable thing about it is the unpredictability.  The only consistent attribute - the inconsistency.There is little argument on any level that autism is baffling, even to those who spend their lives around it.  The child who lives with autism may look ‘normal’ but his behaviour can be perplexing and downright difficult.Autism was once thought an Read more

There are a variety of things that may indicate that your child might be struggling at school.  Behavioural problems, inability to follow instructions or avoiding taking part in activities are just some of the clues that might point to a learning difficulty.A child with a learning difficulty typically has an average to above average IQ but is reading at least 18 months below their 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

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

Adequate social language skills are essential for academic, social and vocational success.Since the 1980’s, parents and professionals alike have become increasingly aware that effective non-verbal and verbal skills such as starting, maintaining and ending a conversation, expressing emotions, dealing with conflict or understanding humour are not always easy tasks for children with pragmatic Read more