We know that it can sometimes be difficult for teachers to discuss speech, language and communication concerns with parents, we have prepared a letter in English to help facilitate this conversation.
As parents, we want to protect our children and help them feel content and happy in the world. When our children worry, we worry. And at some point, all children worry. So, how can we tell when our child needs professional help? Or whether they are just going through a usual developmental period that involves specific fears? Let’s first talk about what anxiety is and the different types. Some anxiety in children is normal, depending on different developmental stages. Kids tend to fixate on fears or worries at a particular age and then eventually grow out of these worries. Some anxiety ... read more
When your child talks they use a combination of tongue and lip movements to make sounds. For example, when your child says a simple word like “bus”, there is actually a complex pattern of movement starting with the lips coming together to make an exploding “b”, moving through an open mouth vowel “u” and then finishing with the tip of their tongue raised to make a long “s”. Speech sound development will vary between individual children and there is a range of normal development. There is a predictable pattern of sound development with early, middle and late developing sounds. There ... read more
Milestones for Children Your child’s communication skills are a key developmental area that you can nurture and support as part their overall development. Communication is a broad term that is used to describe a complex skill that includes development across a range of areas including: Language - refers to how how child understands and uses words and sentence Speech - refers to how your child makes the specific sounds within words Fluency - commonly referred to as a stutter Social Language - refers to how your child uses language for different purposes Bilingualism - refers to your child’s ability to ... read more