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Pragmatics: What is it and why is it important when communicating?

Pragmatics: What is it and why is it important when communicating?

Someone may have mentioned to you that your child is struggling with pragmatic skills and this is impacting on their communication with others. So, what are pragmatics? Simply stated pragmatics, or “social communication” is the use of language in a social context. This includes: What is the aim of the message being communicated? How is the message being given- what is the choice of language, is...

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Why talking to very young children with ASD matters

Why talking to very young children with ASD matters

A new study [1] has identified that very young children (under two) who hear more words and have back and forth conversations with their parent tend to have better language skills at the age two. While it has been well documented that talking to young children makes a huge difference to their language development, the connection with very young children with ASD is only recent. This is mainly...

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‘Teletherapy’ what is it and how can this help my child achieve their goals?

‘Teletherapy’ what is it and how can this help my child achieve their goals?

‘Life has changed for us all due to COVID-19, the introduction of social distancing rules has led us to rapidly adapt the ways in we are providing therapy and supporting our children and families. Teletherapy or telehealth has been used for many years to support those in rural and remote locations. This blog is for families who are not familiar with teletherapy and will outline the key benefits...

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Home schooling

Home schooling

If you have already made the decision to keep your children home from school, you maybe daunted by the thought of continuing their learning opportunities. It can be stressful enough being in isolation without having to deal with teaching your children as well. At this difficult time, it is important to remember that: You are not home-schooling- this is an emergency situation that is impacting on...

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Speech Development – Breaking down the terminology

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 ½ your child should be able to say the sounds k, g, t, f, v, ng, ch, j. Late 8: By age 7 your child should be able to...

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