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By Grace Adams, Speech Pathologist You may hear the terms 'receptive' and 'expressive' language in relation to children's speech and language development.Expressive language is the ability to request objects, make choices, ask and answer questions and describe events, using verbal and non-verbal language, writing and vocalisations. Receptive language refers to the ability to receive Read more

While some sense of normality has returned to our lives, families are still facing uncertainty day to day. This is especially true for our children. The year has thrown a lot of new challenges at them. They’ve had to manage concerns or anxieties about the COVID-19 situation, adapt to a whole new way of learning, cope with social distancing from friends and extended family, and are now needing Read more

Reading for Life Program - Bankstown families The Reading for Life home program is an initiative to support parents and carers to deliver 15 specially designed reading sessions to help their child build important literacy skills - suitable for children in Years 1 to 4.FREE parent workshops to learn how to run the program are currently being offered for families in the Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2020 Learning Links It’s natural for parents to worry about their children during their schooling years.It can be hard to know what to do, however, if your child is really struggling. Are they just going through a rough patch? Will they improve with age? Or is there something else going on?Many children, especially those with Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2019 Learning Links  Being organised is a complex, yet essential life-long skill required to function in our everyday world. When a child can stay organised for school, it contributes to their increased independence, efficiency, self-confidence, higher academic performance and a deeper understanding of the job to be Read more

By Grace Adams, Speech Pathologist. 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 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 As children progress through primary school, the importance of peer friendships becomes more significant and feeling included in playground activities becomes a vital factor in the healthy development of their social and emotional wellbeing.When children feel invited, accepted, appreciated, and included they are Read more