This is what my son, Nathan, 2.5 years old, squeals to me every time he spots the letter ‘n’ in print – “N is for Nathan!”. Why does he say that, you ask? He is developing an understanding of print concepts.
We live in the middle of Brisbane City in a small Queenslander so my daughter’s first words so far have been quite ‘city-slickerish’. Light (ight); fan, (ffff); ball (ba_); and shoes (sooz) are some of her earliest and best words so far.
So the ‘nature-lover’ in me was delighted to see her pointing up at the moon the other night. Funnily enough, while she pointed to the moon, she unmistakably announced that it was a ‘ball’. This mistake made me laugh but I also found it fascinating to reflect upon first words and how language develops.
Speech Language Pathologists, or Speechies as we are affectionately known in Australia, are allied health professionals who study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice (Speech Pathology Australia).