It’s not all about the app!

Dec 12

It’s not all about the app!

Last year around this time, I collaborated with the team from YappGuru and we all posted about our top 10 apps for the year. I thought about doing it again this year and I realised whilst there are some great apps out there, and the list continues to grow,  it’s not all about the app!   I use apps a lot in my clinical practice because they are versatile,...

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Screen Time

Oct 19

Screen Time

As a parent of a young child, you are probably racked with guilt  because you gave your toddler your phone/tablet  to play with while you went to the bathroom alone. The previous guidelines of the  American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advised NO SCREENTIME for children under the  age of 2 years of age and one hour for children age 2 – 5 years.   These...

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Dear Maya: Life lessons from an AAC advocate

Sep 16

Dear Maya: Life lessons from an AAC advocate

Dear Maya Did you know that you are famous? Famous means that you are well known by a lot of people. I know about you through your mom, who writes about you on her blog “Uncommon Sense“ and the amazing way you are communicating with your talker “Mini.” I also see comments from people all over the world. So, if you don’t already have the...

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Why memory matters

Aug 17

Why memory matters

A recent post by  Smart Speech Therapy highlighted  a number of issues about the importance of  working memory and the ramifications of difficulty in this area.   I have written on auditory memory before, but I thought that this area deserved another mention since there is now an additional factor that can impact on auditory memory. Namely,...

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School Readiness; What does it mean?

Aug 13

School Readiness; What does it mean?

I frequently get calls from parents requesting intervention for children with no obvious difficulties but rather they want their children to be “more prepared” when they enter their formal schooling. I also get referrals from teachers who are concerned about children and need to cover their ass (CYA).  Consequently we are caught in a conundrum of too much, too...

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Is my child stuttering?

Jul 01

Is my child stuttering?

It is often frightening for parents when they hear their child stumbling over their words and they often think that their child is stuttering. Many people become non-fluent when they are tired, excited or nervous, or perhaps do not have the knowledge to express what they need to.   The same applies to young children who are still learning new vocabulary,...

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