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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Miss Kraken, The Fabulous Crab, Worm, Cats Do Not Like Birthdays. These are just some of the great books from Melbourne-based author and illustrator, Nicki Greenberg.
In October, we are featuring Nicki’s book, “Bitsy” in our 6 month membership and we were lucky enough to interview Nicki to hear the origins and behind-the-scenes story of the process of this book. So let’s get in to it…
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It’s that time of year, when parents dread covering all the school books (i.e. me!) and go about buying uniforms that are three sizes too big. Some of our little people are super excited about starting school, while others may quietly voice their concerns, or not voice them at all. What we do know, is that books are great ‘mirrors and windows’ – a metaphor initially conceived by Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita of Education at Ohio State University, who specialised in African American children’s literature. Books can be windows, offering new experiences and views of the world that are real, imagined or unfamiliar. They can also be mirrors, where the story is reflection of your own life and experiences.
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