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!!
Spelling can be such a struggle for so many children when they are developing their literacy skills.
At the first stage of learning, they need to develop their phonological processing skills (speech sound processing) and their phonological awareness skills (speech sound awareness skills). The first is developed by the brain growing and engineering itself (eg. auditory memory, auditory discrimination, sound synthesis, the sound chain length, the sound processing speed, capacity to hold-store-retrieve and manipulate sound information), whilst the other is taught as skills (ie. rhyming, sound decoding, sound encoding, blending sounds, segmenting sounds in words, syllabification, sound identification manipulation). The Phonic All Star program assists to teach kids these skills in a fun and exciting way and you can order the basic starter pack to get you on the way to success. This assists kids to learn the first stage o acquiring their literacy skills for PREP and Grade 1 skills.
Once these skills are achieved, then students then progress to understanding spelling rules which include skill development at the orthographic stage of literacy. This is a cool stage because in therapy, I can teach a spelling rule in 15 minutes and kids are then able to read 300 words straight after that. It is an enormous confidence booster for students that have struggled with reading for such a long time. They can’t believe how easy it is … and they then trust the process further and start to enjoy the next stages of therapy. This can also be for student that have been stuck with their reading level for many years. We have a cool job!
When is phonetic the key to reading ? I have been told that it is most important to teach children to read by sight reading-whole word reading?
What should I do?
Katrine will provide information about this burning question that is asked by many parents in speech therapy soon. Keep posted. Read more
Is Medication the answer?
Many families worry about whether they should medicate their child who is diagnosed with learning challenges. When asking, “Is medication the answer?”, it is not unusual for a family to have sought out the advise of many health and education professionals in addition to their paediatrician and paediatric psychiatrist before coming to a conclusion that suits their family and their child’s needs.
This is a very controversial question and needs an in depth understand to look for options to best put forward a conclusive argument.
MUSIC…let us show you how we use the soundtracks to teach our speech therapy lessons. The kids will be hooked.
Now with all the consonant sound tracks completed…they are ready for you to strap your child into their car seat and enjoy full intensity!!!!
So download the soundtracks or albums for CD 1 -Cruisin’ with the Consonants and CD 2 -Carnival of Sound.
However the fun doesn’t stop there as the projects scale goes even further to include the TEACH-ME-SPEECH-SOUNDS Workbook so that your child can learn how the sound is made using the articulators-lips-tongue-teeth-jaw-breath-soft palate and voice.