Stuttering

Stuttering is a motor speech disorder where speech is interrupted by repetitions, prolongations, blocks ans signs of tension.  Find out how Growing Minds Speech Pathology treats stuttering in children under 6yrs of age using the Lidcombe Program.

Early Language Stimulation for Babies and Toddlers

Learn about Serve & Return Interactions to help build communication and connection with young babies and toddlers.

Developmental Language Disorder

(DLD)

Learn about Developmental Language Disorder.  DLD is a brain difference that makes talking and listening difficult. It is effects approximately two children in every classroom, it is five times more prevalent than Autism Spectrum Disorders, it has risk factors for social-emotional behaviour issues, and it poses risks for dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

Learning Difficulties

Understanding Learning Difficulties for Parents

Learning Difficulties Australia

SPELD NSW is committed to advancing the education and well-being of children and adults with Specific Learning Difficulties.  A go to site for parents and professionals:

  • Telephone helpline

  • Resources and articles

  • Online shop

Phonics Apps for Kids

Here's my curated list of favourite phonics apps to support students learning to read and spell.  There are a range of apps, some suitable for beginners and others will support students with ongoing learning.

Phonics Apps for Families

The Science of Reading

Find information about the scientific evidence base on how we learn to read and how to best teach reading.

https://www.thereadingleague.org/knowledge-base/

https://fivefromfive.com.au/five-keys-to-reading

Phonics Instruction 

Phonics is the understanding that there is a predictable relationship between phonemes (the sounds of spoken language) and graphemes (the letters that represent them in written language).

Teachers can find out more here

Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterised by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Read more here: DSF Dyslexia SPELD Foundation

Speech Pathology in Mental Health

Competent communication is essential to managing everyday life and relationships, participating in study and work, and engaging with services. Many people with speech, language and communication needs will have co-existing mental health conditions. 

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is the name for a wide range of differences in individual brain functions (neurodiversity) and behaviour characteristics. It is a lifelong developmental disorder that varies greatly between people. Autism is characterised by difficulties in social interaction, communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours, and sensory sensitivities. People with ASD may struggle to build relationships. They may find it challenging to share emotions or show an awareness and understanding of other people's perspectives.

https://www.autismspectrum.org.au/about-autism

Card Stealing Game - focus on /f/ and /th/

Many of my reading and spellingtudents confuse the /f/ and /th/ sounds. So I decided to make a card game to explicitly & deliberately map the mouth position to the graphemes. This is primarily a phonics activity for practising decoding & reading single words. The words have short vowel sounds (one letter make one sound) and I have included a mix of VC, CCVC, CVCC CCVCC etc type words to practise decoding adjacent consonants. C=Consonant, V = vowel). The students would be focusing on learning the "th" digraph in their phonics lesson- i.e. knowing that the sound /th/ can be represented by the letters <th>.  (Note: for any SLPs out there, this is not intended to be a minimal pair contrast activity!)

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