Archive: Speech Pathology

The ‘Magic’ of Parent-Child Interactions


Children begin learning the building blocks for language development before their first birthday. From 5-6 months of age, children begin to make sounds such as coos (e.g. “oo-oo” “eee”) and babble (e.g. “baba” “badabda”). When a parent responds vocally to their child’s sounds, the infant is twice as likely to re-vocalise. This leads to the Read more…

Speech Development – Breaking down the terminology


What is normal speech development? Children begin to use certain speech sounds at particular ages. The sounds are sometimes grouped as the “early, middle, and late 8 sounds”. Early 8: By age 3 your child should be able to say the sounds m, b, y, w, n, d, p, h. Middle 8: By age 5 Read more…

Thinking differently about your child’s communication challenges


By Matthew Fussell, Speech Pathologist, Bridges for Learning This week is Speech Pathology Week and the theme is ‘Creating Futures’. The aim of this week is to reinforce the challenges over one million Australians face in communicating or swallowing on a daily basis. Working as a speech pathologist at Bridges for Learning gives me the Read more…

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