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Category: Speech Therapy

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...

4 days 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?...

2 weeks 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...

1 month 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...

2 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...

2 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...

3 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. ...

4 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...

5 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...

5 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...

6 months 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...

7 months 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...

7 months 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...

8 months 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...

8 months 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...

8 months 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...

8 months 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...

9 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

I don’t need to talk as my child doesn’t understand and is not listening

Hello everyone! Welcome to the next post in the Myths vs Facts series! Recently, Prince William and Prince George were the subjects of some online discussions because there were photos of Prince Willi...

9 months ago by 2 minutes

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

Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs

Parents of today have high expectations and dreams of what they want for their children’s future. They want the best for their children and would enrol them in preschool programmes and enrichment cl...

9 months ago by 2 minutes

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Social Skills Training,Speech Therapy

Teach the Way the Child Learns

If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn -Ignacio Estrada Thank you for following the post! I hope that you have tried out some of the inventive ideas in...

10 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

What Can Influence Your Child’s Speech Development?

Parents and professionals use milestones to determine and monitor a child’s development and progress. Aside from knowing the skills achieved at a given age, it would be very useful to have an idea o...

10 months ago by 1 minute

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School Readiness Programme,Social Skills Training,Speech Therapy

How to manage attention-seeking behaviours?

In my previous blog post, we explored how to get your child to pay attention while learning. But what about kids who are asking for too much attention from you and that the child starts being “...

10 months ago by 2 minutes

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Speech Therapy

Dyslexia – What you need to know

KEY POINTS COVERED IN THIS POST Definitions of dyslexia The causes of dyslexia What are the characteristics of dyslexia? Consequences of dyslexia What are the interventions available for dyslexia? IN...

10 months ago by 2 minutes

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School Readiness Programme,Speech Therapy

Too Young To Read?

As a Speech-Language therapist, I am always on the lookout for materials that can be used in my therapy sessions. One of my favorite materials is children’s books because of the versatility of using...

11 months ago by 3 minutes

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Social Skills Training,Speech Therapy

5 Traditional Games We Should Definitely Bring Back

The rise of technology over the last few years has changed the way our children learn immensely. Most children nowadays know how to use basic mobile devices and tablets with a flick of their finger. I...

11 months ago by 3 minutes

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