5 Tips for Parents of Young Children Who Stutter

5 Tips for Parents of Young Children Who Stutter

Stuttering
Stuttering is a fairly common childhood communication difficulty, with up to 8% of children stuttering at some point between the age of one and five. Stuttering involves the involuntary disruption to the flow of a persons speech, and when it occurs in early childhood, it resolves without intervention in up to 75 percent of instances. If you would like to know more about stuttering, we have an in-depth post all about disfluency you can see here. As a parent, it can be difficult to know how to interact with a child who stutters. Should you help them by finishing their sentences or give them time to finish? Should you talk to them about their stutter or ignore it completely? Below are some of our best tips for interacting with and responding…
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An Introduction to Childhood Stuttering

An Introduction to Childhood Stuttering

Stuttering
What is stuttering? Stuttering is a communication disorder characterised by involuntary disruptions to the fluency of a person’s speech. Children who stutter may experience one or more of the following types of stutter: Repetitions: sounds (e.g. I w-w-want a drink), words (e.g. I want-want-want a drink) and/or parts of phrases (e.g. I want-I want-I want a drink) are repeated one or more times. Prolongations: sounds are elongated (e.g. mmmy) Blocks: speech airflow becomes blocked and no sound is made Involuntary movements: involuntary movements of the head, facial features or other body parts What causes stuttering? Currently, the cause of stuttering is still unknown. While research continues in this area, the current theories on stuttering tend to agree that it may be caused, at least in part, by some neurological differences that…
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13 Fun Facts about Speechies

13 Fun Facts about Speechies

Just For Fun
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about your Speechie, then this list is for you. Here are thirteen quick and fun facts about what it’s like to be a Speech Pathologist! Speechies don’t just treat speech, language and stuttering, we also help people who are experiencing difficulty with social skills, literacy, voice quality, swallowing, feeding, and some of us are specialists in voice and accent modification! Speechies can work with people from birth to death. Here at Child’s Play, most of our clients fall within the 12 months to 12 year age range Speechies must have a minimum of a Bachelor in Speech Pathology, and apart from Speech Pathology specific topics, we also study psychology, linguistics, biomedical science and neuroscience Speechies learn to write in the International Phonetic Alphabet,…
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Language Development: Five Year Olds

Language Development: Five Year Olds

Language, Language Development Series
Five is a big year for little ones as they will have started or will be about to make the big transition to school. Language development in this year involves a lot of expanding and refining the skills they’ve been working so hard on in the past years, and developing the ability to understand and use more complex and abstract language. The foundation of language abilities your child has developed will be incredibly important for your child’s success at school, and will help them to be ready to take advantage of the enormous amount of learning they will do in their first year of formal education. Vocabulary When a typical child turns five, they will have a vocabulary of more than 2000 words. This is an enormous number, and includes…
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Language Development: Four Years Old

Language Development: Four Years Old

Language, Language Development Series
So now your child is four, and their communication is sounding a lot like that of an adult. They are able to understand and express more than ever before, which will come in handy as they begin to prepare for the transition to school. Vocabulary By four years your not-so-little-anymore one’s vocabulary will be huge, with around 1500 to 1600 words. Your child will be able to express an enormous amount of information about both the world around them and the world at large. This year, your child will also be learning some academic vocabulary, with your help and the help of your preschool or daycare, including letter names and numbers. You may also notice, as your child becomes a proficient counter and is very familiar with numbers, that they…
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