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Project ImPACT is a parent training program that equips parents with the knowledge and skills to teach their child social communication skills

Project ImPACT – Parent coaching in social communication

By | Project ImPACT

What is Project ImPACT? Project ImPACT is an evidence-based parent-mediated intervention program based on best practices in early intervention. Teaches core social communication skills in a developmental framework Uses a blend of developmental and ABA teaching strategies within play and daily caregiving routines Uses effective parent coaching and engagement strategies to help parents learn and use the intervention Includes elements to support community use, including detailed procedures, family-friendly materials, and two flexible delivery models Who is Project ImPACT for? Project ImPACT is for young children with social communication delays, including autism spectrum disorder. It is designed for children up to…

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How to help your child talk – Tip #1 is modelling

By | Speech Pathology

How do children learn to talk? Modelling is an evidence based strategy to help slow talkers Children learn to talk by hearing other people talk. They hear all the people all around them talk. This process of listening to other people talk starts from the day they are born. Their little brains are hard wired to take in sounds and words from the very beginning. Children, from babaies to pre-schoolers, learn language from the people around them. They learn language from the people they spend the most time with. This is usually the parent. However, it can be siblings, grandparents,…

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Project ImPACT is a parent training program that equips parents with the knowledge and skills to teach their child social communication skills

Is my child’s communication developing properly?

By | Speech Pathology

Communication is a complex yet fascinating process. Speech Pathologists understand that the early years in your child’s life are a critical time for communication development. Watching your child begin to communicate, and then to become a very proficient communicator is an amazing process. All of this happens in a relatively short period of time, and it is a process that Speech Pathologist understand in great detail. For many children the development of communication is a straightforward process. However, some children take longer to talk, and some children need help to build the foundations for communication. The following checklists have been…

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When should my child be able to say ‘th’ sounds?

By | Speech Pathology

Is your child saying ‘fing’ for ‘thing’? Are they saying ‘dat’ for ‘that? The ‘th’ sound is a later developing sound. Speech Pathology Australia advises that children don’t have to able to say this sound until they are about 8 years of age. Some children can say the ‘th’ sound much earlier, some children learn it when they start school, and some children keep making this speech error. Children develop their speech sounds in a general order. This starts in their first year of life, so let’s have a look at speech sound development. Before the age of 1 year This…

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Diagnose autism early because they don’t ‘grow out of it’

By | ESDM

Time and time again, families ring our clinic when they get a diagnosis of autism for their child and they are devastated. Firstly, they have to cope with the diagnosis of autism. However, the parents are disappointed and angry because the diagnosis took so long. It is really important to understand that children don’t grow out of autism. Above all, early diagnosis and intervention is key. What does the research say about early diagnosis? Research shows that early identification autism leads to the best outcomes for children and their families. Early intervention leads to better language skills, cognitive skills and…

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A puzzle is never just a puzzle in the ESDM

By | ESDM

Why is the ESDM different? In the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), children learn through active engagement in an activity. It is so much more than achieving the cognitive goal of matching the puzzle piece to the correct part of the puzzle. It is more than developing the fine motor skill of getting the puzzle into place. In the ESDM, every activity focuses around play. We target multiple goals and objectives across all areas of the child’s development in every activity. In an activity such as a puzzle, the Certified ESDM Therapist will also be targeting goals in the following…

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My child isn’t talking at 2 years – does it matter?

By | Speech Pathology

Most children start using their first words between 12-16 months of age. Some children started using words at 9 months. Other children start to talk at 18 months. Like everything else, children vary in the age that they start talking. Does it matter if a child isn’t talking at 2 years? When a child isn’t talking at 2 years then it’s time to take a closer look at what is happening. It helps parents to know what is ‘normal’ when they are concerned about their child’s speech and language development. Understand the difference between speech and language Speech is how clearly…

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Why can’t my child read?

By | Literacy

Children who do not learn to read in the first few years of schooling will often struggle at school. This is because reading underpins most academic learning. Reading involves a lot of different things. Students need a strong foundation to learn to read. There are 5 steps that are an important part of reading. When children develop their skills across all these areas, then reading success is more likely. Phonemic Awareness This is knowing that words are made up of sounds, that some words sound similar, that if you change a sound then it becomes a different word. You will…

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What you should know about children’s speech development

By | Speech Pathology

Developing Clear Speech Sounds Clear speech development is very important for children. It is part of their overall communication development, is critical to their friendships, and it integral to children’s academic success. Some children learn to speak clearly very quickly. Other children take longer to learn to speak clearly, and some children will need help with their speech. Our Speech Pathologists at our Bondi Junction clinic believe that it is much better to identify any speech development issues early and resolve them early. When children first begin to speak, most children can’t say a lot of sounds clearly. This is…

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How we monitor your child’s progress in the ESDM

By | ESDM

Autism is a complex neurodevelopment condition. Early intervention is key to helping children with autism. The Early Start Denver Model, or ESDM, is an intervention for young children with autism. It is delivered by certified ESDM therapist and we are proud to offer this early intervention to our families. Choosing an intervention for your child Now that you have chosen the intervention for your child with autism, understanding the goals for each intervention is the next step. The intervention that you choose for your child should have very clear: goals and objectives method to record of your child’s progress system…

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Should I worry about my child ‘W’ sitting?

By | Occupational Therapy

What is W sitting? ‘W’ sitting is when you sit on your bottom, with knees bent, feet tucked under and out to each side in a “W” configuration. Why do children W sit? W sitting is a position that provides a wide base of support for children to feel stable and balanced when sitting. Children with weak posture and /or difficulties staying balanced may adopt this position. Does it matter if children W sit? Our Occupational Therapists at our Bondi Junction believe that W sitting hinders a child’s development. It hinders their development of midline crossing and strong trunk control (core…

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School readiness – Learning to Read and Write

By | General

School Readiness Starting school is a very exciting time for children. There are so many wonderful things to learn and new friends to make. There are so many great school readiness activities that you can do before your child starts school. Many parents are keen to prepare their children for reading and writing. OneOnOne Children’s Therapy has made a booklet to develop your child’s school readiness. The NSW Foundation Font is used in the booklet. This is a free resource for everyone. Please remember that all children develop differently. Your child does not need to do the things in this…

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