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How time flies…

It’s been 12 months since I started this Modern Speechie blog and WOW – what a year! I am so grateful to everyone who has liked the Modern Speechie Facebook page and to those who have read, liked, commented on or shared our posts. Thank you so much for helping us raise awareness about lots … Continue reading How time flies…

Deciphering Dyslexia – Reading Difficulties in Children

The term “dyslexia” is familiar to many people, yet is quite misunderstood. Dyslexia may appear as difficulty reading unusual words like “yacht” in one person, yet may present in another person as difficulty reading nonsense words like “frop”. A reader with dyslexia may also misread words (such as reading slime as smile) and struggle to … Continue reading Deciphering Dyslexia – Reading Difficulties in Children

Working Memory and it’s impact on children’s learning

Researchers estimate that about 10-15% of children at school have working memory problems, but these are often misidentified as deficits of attention or intelligence (Holmes, 2009). Therefore, it is important for us to help parents and teachers understand what working memory is, how it affects a child’s learning, and what we can do to help. … Continue reading Working Memory and it’s impact on children’s learning

Hearing in Children – Why you might not even realise there’s a problem…

If you have ever had concerns about your child’s speech and language development, you’ve probably been asked at some point, “Have you had their hearing tested?”. In my experience, the most common response is, “No, but I know their hearing is fine”. Do you? Because, here’s the thing. Hearing loss doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t … Continue reading Hearing in Children – Why you might not even realise there’s a problem…

What is your child’s communication style and does it matter…?

We know that people have different learning styles. Some of us learn best by watching (visual learners), others by listening (auditory learners) and some of us learn best by getting their hands dirty and giving it a go (kinaesthetic/tactile learners). Understanding how your child learns best is important as it allows us to help them … Continue reading What is your child’s communication style and does it matter…?

Late Talkers – Should you “wait and see”?

If you have ever had a question about your child’s communication skills, you have most likely encountered some of (if not all of) the following responses… “Don’t worry, boys talk later than girls” “It’s normal to be slower when learning two languages” “They are fine. Every child develops at their own pace” “Give them time. … Continue reading Late Talkers – Should you “wait and see”?