THERAPY CORNER

The Book is Mightier than the Tablet
When I look back on my childhood I have such fond memories of being read to. I remember the memory of snuggling up to my mom or sitting right up close to my teacher’s legs as they read stories to me. In fact, I probably remember these memories more than ...
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Communicating Love
How often do you tell your children by words and actions that you love them? To feel secure each child must have at least one significant person to love and to be loved by. Telling your children that you love them, especially when they are not anticipating such a comment ...
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Are those ears an appendix?
I think we all grew up with some or other adult asking if our ears were just ornaments of if we were going to use them. Being a speech and language therapist, we deal with the area of auditory perception, auditory memory which involves processing language and the ability to ...
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Should your Child be Doing Chores?
Children need chores. Age appropriate chores are important for kids! Simple chores make children: Feel needed and helpful. They teach responsibility. That they are important in the household. Research indicates that those children who do have a set of chores have higher self-esteem, are more responsible, and are better able ...
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Prereading Skills – How do I support my child?
Letter sounds not names – when doing homework or discussing letters remember letters have a name Ay and a sound ‘a’ as in ant. In Grade R and Grade 1 children learn the sounds. Rhyme: sing, learn nursery rhymes, play with language – when words sound the comment, ask your ...
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Stop the Summer Slide
By Adelle Schwark Speech and Language Therapist We all know that the world has become smaller. One of the benefits for me has been the close contact I have with other therapists around the world. I spend, probably too much time, on Instagram and Pinterest getting ideas and learning new ...
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Helping your child to improve his/her concentration
Life is very difficult for our little ones with concentration difficulties. They are often missing out on information and instructions and as a result get into trouble both at school and at home. Make sure you have your child’s attention before you give an instruction. Touch your child on the ...
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Using Rewards & Punishments
Rewards • Be clear about the requirements to receive a reward. It’s likely that your idea of a clean room and your child’s idea of a clean room differ. Be specific with your requirements, for example: “If you pick up your clothes off the floor and put them neatly in ...
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HELP – My child hates reading!
Do you have to beg your child to read a book? When you see other children reading books do you wonder what you’ve done wrong? Do you love reading but can’t get your own child to read? Let’s face it, having a reluctant reader is hard. It’s hard to know ...
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Change your words, change your mindset
I remember being about 15 and listening to a conversation my mother and father were having. My mother told my father, “don’t say stupid, children believe what you tell them, if you tell them they are stupid that’s what they will become.” My father promptly looked at my two younger ...
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