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Is my child's speech developing normally

Children develop speech errors as part of their normal development of their speech. However, a speech pathologist is able to determine what is happening with your child’s auditory development and speech production and speech motor skills by the type of errors that they are demonstrating at a particular age.
Click through to our information page to see what speech sounds are acceptable for your child’s specific age and to see if they are showing speech patterns that are ready for school age for entry into PREP.

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Phonological processes-the Stopping Process

Some of these error patterns are acceptable at different ages in your child’s speech development, however some may also indicate something entirely different at a later age from the eyes of a trained professional.
Some children are late to mature these delicate – fine tuning tongue skills to place their tongue tip, and sides in the specific points which can be in error by millimetre sized mistakes.
Some children can have sensory problems with what is known as proprioreceptive control which manages these fine sensory-and-motor feedback loops in our body.
Your child may be showing challenges in their sensory-motor development and may be over squeezing or stopping the passage of air to create a /s/ sound, making the air stop into a /t/ sound. These minor articulation position errors could be the peak of the iceberg for other sensory-motor challenges in the body impacting on speech and learning development.

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Speech therapy resources that make speech correction easy

It’s important to have your tools to do your job. The Phonic All Star Program enables you to have access to every one of the 46 speech sounds that may become part of the program to correct your child’s speech. Just like an artists palette, you will need all your colours to do the job.

“Maths just doesn’t work if you are missing – 3 and 9. So how can you undertake correction therapy if you are using the 26 letter alphabet when you really need a 46 speech sound alphabet.”

To kick off your tool kit, you will receive your 46 speech sound grid summary wall chart as a complimentary starter kit when your child attend their 3-7 years screening assessment with us after we examine their Speech Sound Grid using the Phonic All Star Flash cards and the Learn the Speech Sounds A3 laminated Wall Chart as pictured to the left. The wall chart features the 24 consonant phonemes and the 22 vowels phonemes so that your child is equipped with all the “keys to the speech keyboard” so that s/he can learn effectively in speech therapy at home or in the clinic. To get your copy for yourself, just simply call the clinic on 55 28 2222 or send us an email.

Additionally, when  join our community list to the left, we kick start their school learning by giving you a digital download of their “Learn Their Letters” A4 folder guide from the Phonic All Star Teaching Series. Following that, you can gain your additional bonus A4 resource of the Phonic All Stars-Matching Upper and lowercase graphemes so that you can teach your child their upper and lower case font awareness skills.  Just simply add your details to the right opt-in box – and it will be sent as a digital download to your email – immediately.

FREE- No wait – and strictly no nagging or spamming. Our community list is built to support and serve the members of our community and their children. Why wait on a list for Speech Therapy services doing nothing, when at least you can get started by learning and undertaking simple tasks under the guidance of a qualified Speech Pathology team! Your child’s brain does not wait for us.

Don't forget you can get started at home with your Phonic All Star -Learn the Speech Sounds- Starter pack
Pack includes:
1. The 46 laminated speech sound cards
2 2 X Music Cd-Cruisin' with the Consonants & Carnival of Sound
3. The teach-Me-Speech-Sounds Workbook
4. The speech therapy rewards program-tokens/stickers
5. The speech correction activities
6. Training lessons to get you started & keep you on track
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So what do I expect to see if my child attended Speech Therapy to correct this problem?

Therapy will involve teaching your child about each of these specific speech sounds and how they are produced using the articulators such as the lips, jaw, tongue, soft palate, voice and breath. The Phonic All Star Program is a great resource to help you to undertake this. The program clearly teaches how each speech sound is made and gives your child heaps of visual pictures and video to learn. The Phonic All Star characters have been designed to associate with the speech sound and give young children a hint to remember the sound. The program also uses a hand signal to cue your child so that you have a mutual language to prompt which sound you want her/him to say.

A lesson teaching the stopping process would involve a series of speech sound contrast exercises whereby it is recommended that these are done in a developmental order based on your child’s examination results from their phonological assessment. I would start with…

/f/- “Fabian Flowerspray contrasted with /p/-“Portia Candle

/s/- “Sidney Snake” contrasted with /t/- “Toby Tap”

/z/- ” Zippy Bumble Bee” contrasted with /d/ – “Dudley Drum

/sh/- Shelly Shy contrasted with /t/- Toby Tap and /zh/- Zha Zha Shocking contrasted with /d/- Dudley Drum

/th/- Thana Thong contrasted with /d/- Dudley Drum

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Image as demonstrated from the Phonic All Star – Teach Me Speech Sounds Home Workbook. The Workbook features how all the Consonant Speech Sounds are formed in the mouth so that you as parents can also learn how to  teach your child from home. Available with a call to the clinic 55282222

Traditional, researched and outcome measured SPEECH CORRECTION THERAPY involves a series of steps

1Shaping of the speech sound that can not be said accurately
2Contrasting the minimal pairs eg. /s/ and /t/ at sound level
3Contrasting the minimal pairs at word level for a) initial word b) final word c) middle word position
4Practice of these words at the phrase and then sentence level speech
5Practice of these words at conversational level speech

A great resource to help you achieve this is Articulation Station which you can purchase on a sound by sound basis and save on the expense of purchasing sounds you may not need.

For a Speech pathologist review and guide to this app click here.

However, this method of speech therapy is good at correcting the sound error patterns for the words that have been learned and stored in your child’s “word filing cabinet” in the mind, but the underlying coding challenges may still be evident as a weakness in your child’s mind and may later show up in their reading and spelling skills as the same speech errors in their writing of letters when spelling words. The Phonic All Star Speech Correction Program teaches how to go deeper into your child’s engineering speech sound keyboard and to make corrections that are strong and stable enabling transition into literacy function to be accurate and completed.

However, an assessment is very important to identify the underlying etiology. In some cases, this may be part of more complex conditions as a collection of challenges. If so these may also need to be addressed.

Your child may have associated receptive language challenges and may not understand what you are saying. S/he may have trouble speaking in sentences and may be struggling to create enough words for you to then develop the speech sound system from this. Your child may have fine motor and gross motor challenges making it hard for them to keep their postural stability to then control the fine motor muscles in their mouth. Some children can have challenges with focus and attention, while others may be impossible to get to sit in the chair due to self directed and even oppositional behaviour. If this is the case with any of these additional features then you will need to learn skills to manage these associated conditions so that you can teach your child exactly how to make these speech changes.

This can be done with your Speech Pathologist in their clinical sessions or via your skype consultations. Others may be interested by learning from the DIYspeech therapy that enables motivated families to undertake their self-help from home.  However, a word of warning for those independent parent-therapists who are maintaining a low cost program, it may be of benefit to just have your child briefly checked by a specialist and Speech Pathologist. It is not uncommon for some children to wait for up to 12 month for a FREE government service and to unfortunately miss the cut-off date for vital funding opportunities which would have enabled them to have a professional do the job quicker and accurately. My best recommendation is to do both-have the professional working with you to give you the guidance to provide additional support sessions at home. Save the money on the in-between sessions and don’t miss the mark for accuracy. Your child’s brain doesn’t wait for us to get it right, it continues to grow and make neurological connections. We prefer to have these wired correctly as quickly as they can so they are then not impacting on the development of their words and sentences that are piling into their mind for the years to come. It gets very time consuming and costly to do the correction work when years have passed.

Sometimes it is simple – quick to correct and your child is ready to go for their school years.

However, in some instances, early identification can enable the speech therapy intervention before their school years for complex conditions such as Autism or other communication disorders. What we do know, is speech therapy works. The changes are life changing the earlier we start.

How far can one toy go in Speech Therapy?

Using toys to gain Optimal Communication Potential in your child's home speech therapy program

Being creative and ingenious is one of the first skills to learn to be a Speech Pathologist or an integral part of the Speech Therapy team. Many people can often be involved in supporting your child to develop their speech and language skills over the years of their early development. It is common to have fantastic input from Kindergarten teachers, school teachers, therapy aides, and also you, being the parents undertaking your child’s home program.

Having the right equipment is very helpful to supporting your child to learn many speech and language tasks, however it is not the MOST important factor.

The most important factor is having the skills to know WHAT you are doing and whether it is the right task or skill to be focusing on to make the greatest differences based on your child’s neuro-developmental age and their observed challenges. Your child will need an assessment from a Speech Pathologist to determine what that is.

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Bring in the Mr. Potato Head Crew… to make Speech Therapy at home fun for your child. Use the toys you have in a different way.
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Here are some Mr Potato Head ideas for games:

  1. Movie making with Mr Potato Head (Pictello)
  2. Using Mr Potato Head to Motivate Multistep Sequences
  3. Learning Vocabulary with Mr Potato Head
  4. Going on a Treasure Hunt with Mr Potato Head
  5. Learning Phonic All Stars speech sound cards with Mr Potato Head


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Developing your child's listening skills

A toy can be used in so many different ways to stimulate your child’s communications skills, so you may be able to save on all the expense of the resources when you invest your time in learning what to do. We have some tips to help you get started, however join the list on the left for more help across amny areas of listening, speech, language, early literacy and social-pragmatic skills.

TIP # 1: Following Spoken instructions

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Use Mr Potato head to facilitate a Simon Says style of activity where Mr Potato head provides the instructions and your child has to accurately listen and carry out the instruction.  If they do so, they can opt to change 1 item of Mr Potato Heads body per correct instruction followed! So the toy acts as the actual reinforcement for your child after each verbal instruction and then connects your child back to the lesson to listen to the next instruction. This is important as some children can wander away when they get bored.

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Let us give you loads of fun ideas about how to get the most out of Mr. Potato Head across heaps of tasks with your child

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The true expense of Speech and Language Impairments

Children failing to acquire speech and language skills demonstrate weakness and/or impairment in developing their neuro-machinery that underpin their fundamental learning skills for classroom success. The earlier the intervention, the easier the correction program undertaken by Speech Pathologists for effort, time and most importantly, your family’s budget. Don’t lose precious brain development time by waiting on a list for speech therapy when their brain doesn’t wait. Instead, your child’s underlying impairment continues to hard wire pathways in the brain incorrectly , stores and then rehearses these speech and language mistakes having a disastrous impact on communication and future classroom failure- showing the true cost of the choice of no therapy.

Early speech therapy intervention for your child is a no-brainer!! … it’s critical!!

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This is a very controversial question and needs an in depth understand to look for options to best put forward a conclusive argument.

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