Learning how print works

The home literacy environment is a well-established predictor of children’s language and literacy development (Frijters, Barron, & Brunello, 2000; Levy, Gong, Hessels, Evans, & Jared, 2006; Senechal & Lefevre, 2002). 

What IS the “home literacy environment” (HLE)? In research, this usually refers to activities by family members at home that relate to literacy learning as well as the literacy resources in the home and parental attitudes toward literacy. 

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Have you heard of Developmental Language Disorder?

Did you know that approximately 1 in 14 children have a hidden condition known as Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)? DLD occurs when a person has difficulties understanding and/or using spoken language for no known reason. It often presents in early childhood as difficulties learning new words, finding it hard to put words together or telling a story. Children with DLD often go on to have challenges with school and learning to read.

Signs of DLD

Children with DLD are as intelligent as their peers, but may experience difficulties with:

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Why first words don’t come first

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Parents love first words.  This milestone is one of the most exciting because all of a sudden your baby has become a real little person.  It is the icing on the cake when the first word is also your name.  “Dada” or “Mama” (heart melts).  As speech pathologists, we are often asked when should my child say their first words?  

Well the short answer is at about their first birthday but what many of us don’t realise is that there is a set of skills known as ‘pre-language’ that develop well before they are of ‘speaking age’.  In fact, there’s a lot you can be ‘looking’ for when you are busy ‘listening’ for first words.  Here are our top 3 ‘look fors’ before first words:

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