Year: 2018

Social Development & Play Skills

Speaking of social and play skills, what are they? Play is a critical part of children’s development.  When a child plays they build many different skills, including: Language skills Social and emotional skills Problem-solving and thinking skills Social skills are the skills we use every day to interact and communicate with others.  Social skills play … Continue reading Social Development & Play Skills

Auditory Processing Disorder

Auditory processing disorder (APD) is a condition where a person has difficulty processing complex sounds, such as speech, even though their hearing is normal. It can affect both children and adults, although it is not typically diagnosed until at least the age of 7. Some people are born with APD, while others acquire it as … Continue reading Auditory Processing Disorder

Developmental Language Disorder: Comprehension difficulties

What is a Developmental language disorder? It is a problem with using and/or understanding language that is not caused by a biomedical condition such as cerebral palsy or hearing impairment, and which persists into school age and beyond. It affects about 1 in every 14 children and impacts on progress in school and in everyday … Continue reading Developmental Language Disorder: Comprehension difficulties

Helping your child to read

Using decodable books to help your child read A decodable book is a book that contains a set of words a person can sound out. That is, they are great for early readers or ones that are struggling. A decodable book contains sound-letter types and word types that the reader has been taught therefore, the … Continue reading Helping your child to read

Adults with speech and language difficulty

Communication with adults with speech & language difficulty As part of Speech Pathology Australia Week, 2018 Speech Pathology Australia has provided general tips for successful communication. These tips can be applied when communicating with adults who present with speech or language deficits such as Apraxia and Dysarthria: Tips For Successful Communication Always treat the person … Continue reading Adults with speech and language difficulty

What is a Language Development Centre?

A Language Development Centre (LDC) is a specialised school that is attached to a mainstream Perth metropolitan school and is funded by the government (that is, it’s classed as a public school). An LDC provides a full time supportive educational placement for children from Kindergarten to Year 1 (most) or Year 3 (South East LDC only), whose … Continue reading What is a Language Development Centre?

What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a disorder that affects a child’s’ clarity or articulation of speech sounds. When a child is often very difficult to understand and has limited consonants and vowels, a speech pathologist may be concerned that they have CAS. It is also known as Developmental Apraxia of Speech. CAS can occur in conjunction with … Continue reading What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?