A word on speech. “She’ll grow out of it…won’t she?”

I often wonder what it is that triggers parents to make the decision to bring their child to a speech pathologist. So many parents are under the impression with talking, that it is better to ‘wait and see’ if they catch up or let them develop ‘at their own pace’. I wonder if this ‘wait and see’ approach would apply if the child was not walking at 2 years of age or was not toilet trained by 4?
As speech pathologists we know that the best thing to do if you are concerned about your child’s speech or language skills is to ‘address it today and not to delay’. In fact, the timing of visiting a speech pathologist is actually crucial.

Research shows that from birth to 5 years, children learn language through back-and-forth interactions with their parents. The less a child speaks or the less intelligible they are, the less these interactions occur. Check out the full article written by the Hanen Organisation about ‘Why it is important to start early’.

However, I am as guilty as the next parent at putting my head in the sand and hoping things will just work out. So for argument’s sake, I have put together the top 3 reasons ‘for’ and ‘against’ taking your child to see a speech language pathologist.

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Unboxing Be Brave – Part 2

Let’s explore the second half of our Be Brave box. If you missed the first unboxing blog post, you can check it out here. Our newest Be Brave box uses picture books with courageous characters and activities, to enrich your child’s speaking, listening and early literacy skills. Keep reading to find out more about each activity we have in the box (spoiler alert!)

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Unboxing Be Brave – Part 1

Every child admires heroes, whether they are the princess who can do no wrong in every Disney movie or the Marvel superheroes that many little boys love pretending to be. Our Be Brave box is the best way to build on your child’s courage and resilience while giving them a boost with their language and literacy skills. Keep reading to find out more about each activity we have in the box (spoiler alert!) Continue reading “Unboxing Be Brave – Part 1”