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Category: Speech Therapy

Occupational Therapy,School Readiness Programme,Social Skills Training,Speech Therapy,Therapeutic Play

Changing voices and lives: My internship at HeadStart for Life

Hi everyone! HeadStart for Life had been fortunate to have an intern, Joe, join us for 2 months in October and November 2017. As it is always interesting to hear from someone who is not already workin...

1 week ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

My Toddler Has a Communication Deficit

Welcome back to our blog, Beyond Therapy! My baby boy reached his one-year-old milestone last month! Instead of the happy baby I thought he would grow to be, he has grown in other ways. He has grown t...

3 weeks ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

Communication for Older Children

Warm greetings from HeadStart for Life! We are excited to share another Beyond Therapy article concerning communication. Please enjoy! Communication is a valuable part of our existence. It is a vital ...

1 month ago by 2 minutes

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Occupational Therapy,School Readiness Programme,Social Skills Training,Speech Therapy,Therapeutic Play

Why Changes Are Good for Your Child

Hi there! Welcome back to HeadStart for Life’s Blog, Beyond Therapy! Do you feel we live in a world where structure is a religion and routine is a virtue. Experiences help shape our thinking, pr...

2 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

Using PECS for Children with Persisting Speech Difficulties

As a Speech and Language Therapist, I have used PECS (PICTURE EXCHANGE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM) on many occasions with my students in HeadStart for Life.  I did have some resistance to it as parents tho...

2 months ago by 2 minutes

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School Readiness Programme,Speech Therapy

Picture This! – Things You Need to Know About Comprehension and Visualisation

“If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it” -Albert Einstein Hello! Welcome back to HeadStart for Life’s blog, Beyond Therapy! Have you ever wondered why do some child...

3 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

What do we know about Executive Functioning?

Hey there readers! Great to see you back at HeadStart for Life’s blog, Beyond Therapy! This time we are going to talk about Executive Functioning. Have you ever gone on a road trip without a map...

3 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

Fun Ways to Work with Your Child’s Speech – Part I

  “My child just won’t sit still and say the sounds that I want him to. It’s so hard.” Does this resonate with you? I often hear this feedback from the parents of childr...

5 months ago by 2 minutes

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Social Skills Training,Speech Therapy

Getting the most out of your toys: Part 2

Hello everyone! Welcome back to HeadStart for Life’s blog! Previously, I discussed several ways in which we can use a toy that most of us will be very familiar with to support various aspects of...

5 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

Gesturing: Its Importance For Language Development

“When will my child begin to talk?” This is a question speech-language pathologists are frequently asked by parents. In response to this question, I ask the question: “Is your child gesturing?...

6 months ago by 3 minutes

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Speech Therapy

Echolalia: Parroting Words without Communicating

Hello! We love seeing you back here at HeadStart for Life’s Beyond Therapy blog! Today we are going to talk about Echolalia. What’s that? Please read on! Imitation plays a strong part in o...

7 months ago by 2 minutes

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Occupational Therapy,School Readiness Programme,Social Skills Training,Speech Therapy

Integrating Sensory Procesing Approach and Behaviour Management

At HeadStart, we have seen parents who know if their child has sensory processing difficulty, thus behaviour problems are inevitable. However, not every behaviour problem is a result of sensory proces...

7 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

What are Speech Sound Disorders?

Most of us must have heard at one time or other a friend’s child saying “tar” instead of ‘car’ or a child on the bus saying “that car yewo”. And what about Tweety Bird saying “I though...

8 months ago by 1 minute

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Speech Therapy

Your Child’s Attention and Language Skills

“Are you listening?” “Are you paying attention?” “Remember what I said?” How many times have we asked this question to our children? 5? 20? 50? 100? We may have use...

9 months ago by 2 minutes

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Social Skills Training,Speech Therapy

Getting the most out of your toys: Part 1

Hello everyone! Welcome to our new series on getting the most out of your toys! Often, parents have told me that they don’t really know how to use the toys at home to play in a variety of ways. ...

10 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

Dealing with Verbal Dyspraxia

Previously, we provided an overview of verbal dyspraxia or childhood apraxia of speech. We hope that you were able to gain some useful information regarding this motor speech concern. If you have miss...

10 months ago by 2 minutes

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School Readiness Programme,Social Skills Training,Speech Therapy

How can we help children having anxiety in the classroom?

Welcome back to a brand new year of our HeadStart for Life blog, Beyond Therapy! It’s that time of the year again! Christmas and New Year celebrations behind us and it’s time to embrace t...

11 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

Language and Thinking Skills for Children with Speech and Language Delay

From young, language and thinking skills play a very important role in our daily life experiences. We need to use language and think creatively and critically to solve problems, assess the consequence...

1 year ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

Helping Children Move Up in Their Level of Play

Children with special needs almost always have issues in their play. During initial assessment in speech – language therapy, play is the first thing we observe. As Plato once said: “You can discov...

1 year ago by 3 minutes

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Speech Therapy

What should we teach our toddlers?

“He can point to different body parts now!” “She counted from 1 to 30 yesterday!” Quite often, parents share about what their child knows. Young children learn at an exponentia...

1 year ago by 2 minutes

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Occupational Therapy,School Readiness Programme,Social Skills Training,Speech Therapy,Therapeutic Play

How to Prevent Your Child from Falling Sick

“Good morning, Audrey is sick today and won’t be coming to school today *sigh* ” – parent “Oh dear! Thats the 3rd time this term. Hope she gets well soon and you take car...

1 year ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

My child has verbal dyspraxia? What does that mean?

What is verbal dyspraxia? Verbal dyspraxia or childhood apraxia of speech is a motor disorder concerning the planning and execution of movements to achieve intelligible speech. Although there is no we...

1 year ago by 1 minute

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Occupational Therapy,School Readiness Programme,Social Skills Training,Speech Therapy,Therapeutic Play

What We Know About Behavioural Disorders Among Children

A behaviour of a child or an adult can be influenced by the context of the environment they are placed in. Problem behaviours can be a consequence of being faced with a challenging or unpleasant envir...

1 year ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

Acquiring skills for reading: Learning to read

“I hate reading mummy!” “I don’t want to read anymore!” *pout* – sound familiar? I’m sure many of us have heard that from our kids. You may also observe, our kids...

1 year ago by 1 minute

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Speech Therapy

5 Reasons Why Your Child Gets Stuck in His Level of Play

In our previous posts, we have highlighted the importance of play in the development of our children. For children with special needs, especially children with autism, play does not come naturally. Th...

1 year ago by 2 minutes

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