Build language development into everyday life

Family life is so busy! I have 2 busy little boys at home so trust me I know how hectic/messy/noisy life can get at times. The last thing anyone needs is another job to add to the to-do list, so when it comes to boosting your child’s language development it’s great to use the opportunities that already exist. This is stuff you are already doing, you just need to throw some extra language in there to make it a language learning activity! So what do you talk about? Everything! Anything you can think of. Pay attention to what your child is interested in and talk about that. Talk about what… Read More

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Speech Sound Development: what should I expect?

“What did he just say??” “I just can’t understand him!” Often parents are aware that their child’s speech doesn’t sound quite right but they are unable to pinpoint the exact problem. Your child might be difficult to understand, sound unusual or maybe their speech just sounds immature for their age. When we talk about speech, this means the individual sounds of words that a child makes, and these have an impact on how easy it is for both familiar and unfamiliar listeners to understand the message the child is saying. Speech sounds are produced using articulators, including: voice box (larynx), mouth, tongue, nose, teeth, and lips. Producing speech is a… Read More

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FREE speech therapy screenings!!!!!!

We have been working really hard to bring a dedicated speech therapy clinic to Feilding, NZ and now it’s ready! We are proud as punch to announce the opening of Sounds Good Speech Therapy at 11 Beattie Street, Feilding. To celebrate we are offering the community FREE 20 MINUTE SCREENING SESSIONS. This is a great way for you to see what speech therapy is all about or to decide if speech therapy would benefit your child. Call Kirsty to book a session or to ask a question – 021 128 1664

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10 things you should do to establish your child’s love of reading from a young age.

Start a routine of reading a story every day, starting from when your child is born (or soon after). Even though a new born can’t yet understand the words you are saying, they love to hear your familiar voice and lots of stories have rhythms to them that babies respond really well to. When I had a colicky new born I read and read to him and this helped him settle and sleep (and probably kept me sane). Our family still reads stories together multiple times every day. Set up a routine early and reading easily becomes part of everyday life. Also, when we read stories to babies they have… Read More

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Language Development for Christmas!

Do you wish you could ask Santa for an improvement in your child’s vocabulary or grammar? Well, you can help Santa to add the right toy to your child’s stocking at Christmas time. You don’t want to put some boring flashcards into a stocking because no one finds these fun, especially for Christmas! Luckily there are fun and educational toys available everywhere and at a wide range of prices. A fantastic toy to encourage language development is a playset. “What’s a playset?” I hear you ask. Playsets are those toys that have a number of different parts that follow a theme and are used together in open ended play. Most… Read More

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