Play is a child’s work. It is how they learn. Parents, grandparents and siblings can accompany the child to The Speechie Spot to learn how to use play to help develop articulation, speech, language and overall communication.
Oral Language Development:
At The Speechie Spot, programs to develop articulation skills and expressive language are play and family-oriented.Open communication with childcare and educational providers helps to encourage extra practice opportunities and the generalisation of learning.
For parents seeking to support their young children through their first years of speech and intentional communication, The Speechie Spot provides the It Takes Two to Talk®is a great program designed by The Hanen Centre® which offers tools and strategies to identify the stage of communication your child is currently working their way through, integrate meaningful conversation and learning through everyday activities, and set you up with gentle and effective contingencies to enable both parent and child to learn together.
Target Word™ is a specially designed Hanen Program® for parents of children who are ‘late talkers’. The program is conducted in stages that include informative and interactive small groups of parents and individual consultations to really help parents to fine-tune their approach to supporting their child’s speech and language development according to their child’s individual strengths, needs and interests.
According to The Hanen Centre® a child is considered a late talker if he or she:
- has an expressive vocabulary of fewer than 24 words and is between 18 and 20 months; OR
- has an expressive vocabulary of fewer than 40 words and is between 21 and 24 months; OR
- has an expressive vocabulary of fewer than 100 words and is between 24 and 30 months; OR
- has limited word combinations by 24 months; AND
- has relatively good skills in his or her other areas of development (understanding, play, social, motor and cognitive skills); AND
- has some risk factors, such as limited use of gestures, limited use of different speech sounds, or a family history of language delay
The More Than Words® Program is a communication development course crafted by The Hanen Centre® especially for parents of children ages 5 and under with Autism Spectrum Disorder or social communication difficulties. By helping parents use their knowledge of their child to set appropriate and realistic goals, this course approaches communication with each child’s unique needs in mind in order to support the child’s fullest communication potential.
The Hanen Centre® has also created a program for parents of verbal children ages 3-7 years on the Autism Spectrum called TalkAbility™. This course targets the social and expressive aspects of communication as parents are taught how to support their child’s social skill development using the everyday talk and situations found in daily life. Children learn how to converse and how to read the meanings behind words by learning to detect and understand age-appropriate non-verbal language.
Do you ever wonder if your child is deaf? Even after you have had a hearing assessment and it is clear? A common difficulty is that the sounds are going in, but no sense can be made of the words. The words individually may make sense, but they may get confused when put together into an instruction or a story. Speech Pathology assessment and treatment of receptive language development and central auditory processing may be required.
The Listening Program® and it’s branch program, inTime is available for therapy with our trained provider, Kerry. Check out our recent blogpost on how the unique rhythmic therapy used with inTime can benefit your child.
Stuttering and cluttering are both included in what speech pathologists call ‘fluency’.
Kerry and Liz are both trained providers of The Lidcombe Program® for early childhood stuttering, and is trained in a range of programs to address stuttering in older children, adolescents and adults.
Phonological awareness is the awareness that an individual has about the way that the sounds in words are structured. It is recognised as reliable predictor of reading ability. Children start to develop phonological awareness when they start to be aware of language sounds. The Speechie Spot provides a range of approaches suited to different ages to assist in the development of both early and later phonological awareness skills, reading decoding skills, reading comprehension, and writing skills.
Some kids are notoriously picky-eaters. Eating a wide range of foods helps a child’s mouth develop the strength and dexterity to make clear speech sounds. A trained speech pathologist can help children to accept (and maybe even like) a greater of textures.
Since having her own children, our Speechie, Liz, has developed an interest in early feeding challenges, including fussy eaters. She has completed further training in feeding programs including Picky Eaters vs Problem feeders – The SOS Approach, Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility and Feeding the Whole Child – A Mealtime Approach by Suzanne Evans Morris.