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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

On the 8th June 2019, Learning Links will officially open a new Learning Centre at SOMA Wellness health hub in Gledswood Hills.From this new location, Learning Links professionals will provide services in schools and early childhood settings to help children who are falling behind due to learning difficulties such as ADHD, dyslexia, high functioning autism, speech and language 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

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