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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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Why is spelling so confusing?

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.

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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!

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Is medication the answer?

Is medication the answer?

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.

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We Offer New Therapy

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.

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