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Kids Speech Therapy

Kids Speech Therapy

Speech and language problems are not uncommon in toddlers and young children, with one in five children showing some sort of delay by the age of 2. This delay disadvantages developing children and can impact their self-esteem and ability learning to read and write by the time they reach school.

For these reasons and others, early intervention is crucial. If you think your child has a speech or communication delay, speaking to a speech language pathologist, such as the Paediatric Occupational Therapists at Kids OT located in Frenchs Forest on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Kids OT is a great option in helping them to function confidently, optimally and independently.

How Your Child May Benefit from Speech Therapy

So many of our experiences in the world are built around communicating with others, sharing thoughts, ideas and emotions through words and sentences. Being able to articulate, speak and understand language is paramount. Children learn from an early age to express themselves through language, which allows them to form relationships with their peers and helps them develop at school. However, a speech or communication delay can negatively impact this development and cause a child to fall behind others of a similar age, which is why early intervention and action is so important.

Toddlers and young children who have speech or communication delays or a language disorder will often work one on one with a Paediatric Occupational Therapists as part of their speech therapy. Speech therapists are trained professionals who specialise in a variety of speech, language and communication disorders for people of all ages, not just toddlers and young children. Speaking to the professionals at Kids OT will give you the insight as to what treatment would best suit your child, whether it be in a group environment or one on one with a Therapists.

What a Speech Pathologist Will Do

If your child has a speech, communication or a language problem, a Paediatric Occupational Therapists will assess their abilities and design a program tailor made to help develop the skills, abilities and confidence they need. During the assessment, the Therapists will talk with you to find out exactly what your child is having trouble with or what is holding them back, as well as learning their medical history and whether anyone else in your family has had speech or communication problems in the past.

The Paediatric Occupational Therapists might look at how your child responds to and understand instruction or questions. They might also listen to your child talking to grow their understanding of the words and speech sounds your child uses and how they communicate with others. They will then design a professional development program and work with the children and their families to enable them to achieve their true ability and excel in their communication skills.

How to Identify Speech or Communication Delays

Does your child:

Use fewer words than other children of a similar age?
Find it hard understanding what is being said to them?
Find it hard remembering or following instructions?
Show signs of frustration when they can’t express themselves?
Have a lisp?
Stutter?
Mispronounce words and sounds?
Struggle with reading, spelling or comprehension?

Speech Therapy at Home

If you suspect your child has a speech or communication delay we recommend taking them to a professional first, such as the Paediatric Occupational Therapists at Kids OT located in Frenchs Forest on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, 17 minutes drive from North Narrabeen and 40 minutes from Palm Beach.

However, there are speech pathology methods you can use at home.

Firstly, you should download the Linguisystems Guide to Communication Milestones: https://www.slideshare.net/ksfithian/milestonesguide-44505048

This guide summarizes current research about what a child is typically able to do at certain ages, assuming they are developing at an average rate. This will help you identify which skills your child may need help with and give you a place good place to start improving them at home.

When starting out, you should pick 2 or 3 of your child’s areas of weakness that need improving. The best way for parents to decide which areas they should focus on is to pick what’s impacting your child and family the most. Try to avoid choosing areas that are well above your child’s age level or well above what he or she is currently able to do.

If you have any questions about our services or would like to get started with child’s speech therapy, feel free to contact us by email admin@kidsot.com.au or phone 9451 5735 to speak with our health professionals. We look forward to meeting with you and your family to help them achieve the many benefits that effective communication can bring. It is never too early to seek advice!

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fun summer day ideas for kids

Fun summer day ideas for kids

What’s the biggest struggle parents have during a hot summer day? Coming up with new kids entertainment that dosen’t involve ice cream day after day. The temperature is rising and keeping the kids in the house just causes chaos. We feel your pain. So why not embrace the beautiful Sydney sun and plan some activities for kids to get them out of the house and keep them entertained these holidays. We have 6 summer activities for a fun, kid-friendly day out.

1. Go to the beach

The beach is a great day trip for families. The sand and water should keep your kids entertained for hours. Try to plan your trip for the early morning or afternoon when the sun isn’t at its hottest to make the most of your time there. Also, ensure you pack plenty of sun protection; umbrellas, beach tents, hats, sunglasses, rashies and plenty of sunscreen! Bringing a good amount of water is another useful tip, as well as some buckets and spades for the kids to dig with. Some of our favourite spots on the northern beaches are Dee Why Beach, Bilgola Beach and North Narrabeen Beach (all of which have rock pools).

2. Get into the yard

You don’t have to leave the house to give your kids an awesome day outside. Why not get into the back or front yards and teach your kids a thing or two about gardening? Creating a little garden bed for them to plant fruit and veggies will entertain them for weeks to come as they watch their plants grow. If you don’t have a garden bed or space to make one you could use an old wheelbarrow or bathtub as a planter box. Peas, strawberries and radishes are so easy to grow that children can do it and they all grow very quickly. Some radishes can be picked in as little as 25 days! Alternatively, you could build a bird feeder with the kids to attract birds and look at them up close!

PS. Super hot day? Water balloon fights are definitely still a fun activity.

3. Visit an aquatic centre

Aquatic Centres are a great place for kids on a hot day. Save the money of paying for a summer camp and go to the local pool. They have indoor pools to get you away from the sun and the kids will love the whirlpools and slides so much they won’t want to leave! There are a bunch of centres around the north shore and northern beaches areas, including Hornsby Aquatic Centre, Warringah Aquatic Centre, Manly Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton Aquatic Centre and Lane Cove Aquatic Centre to name a few. For a cheaper alternative, you could visit a water play park instead. Some of our favourite free local parks around Sydney are Blaxland Riverside Park in Sydney Olympic Park, Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, Putney Park in Putney and James Ruse Reserve Water Playground in Parramatta.

4. Watch a movie

Going up to the local shopping centre is always a good idea on a hot day. Just walking inside and feeling the air conditioning will put a big smile on yours and your kids faces. You should definitely have a leisurely stroll through the shops, let the kids look at the toy aisles and have a bite to eat in the food court before heading to the cinemas to unwind in front of the big screen. Some new releases that we like the look of for kids these holidays include How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Mary Poppins Returns and Ralph Breaks the Internet.

5. Visit a local library

Your local library is a great location to take the kids when the sun is sweltering. Not only do they have air conditioning to cool you down but the quiet and calm nature of a library will help you and your kids forget all about the heat outside. Let the kids explore the children’s section and find a book they want to read (or want you to read for them), find a quiet and comfy spot to sit and enjoy some relaxing summer reading time. Maybe you can find a book about a some local farmers and inspire the green thumb in your children, or a cookbook of healthy recipes you can make at home. Hint: Look for the peanut butter recipes , delicious, energy packed, and naturally yummy!

Let the kids borrow a new book when you leave so they can continue to read at home and hopefully bring that calmness of a library home with them!

6. Go bowling

Your local bowling alley is a great option for a day out with the kids. It’s a sport they can play right alongside you, with the side bumpers and bowling ramp allowing even toddlers to get in on the fun! Play a game or 2 of bowling, have a snack on paper plates and then let the kids explore the arcade games and try to win some tickets. Some bowling alleys also include laser tag for even more fun! The kids will be entertained for hours. A few bowling alleys in the north shore/northern beaches area include ZONE BOWLING Dee Why (has laser tag), Strike Bowling Chatswood (has laser tag) and Strike Bowling Macquarie (has laser tag).

We hope these 6 summer activities will help keep you and your children cool, happy and thoroughly entertained these school holidays with our fun summer day ideas for kids.

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