Learning about literacy: the role of a Speech Language Therapist

Literacy refers to reading and writing skills. How do literacy skills develop? Early pre -literacy skills are developed by reading books, following narratives, recognising sign boards in the environment, learning vocabulary, and identifying letters and sounds. By creating this love for reading at an early age, parents provide the foundations for building early literacy skills.[…]

Sensory strategies to enhance a child’s concentration

Managing concentration challenges from a sensory perspective The classroom and a busy home environment can be an overwhelming place for any child, but particularly those children with sensory processing challenges or attention difficulties. Every classroom has different levels of sensory stimuli: noise, lighting, cluttered walls. Filtering out and being able to ignore the sound of[…]

Visual Difficulties: The Missing Link

  Routinely having your child’s eyes tested is always a good idea. This is generally recommended at 6 months of age, 3 years old, just before school (6-7 years old), and annually thereafter, during school years, if no visual correction was recommended. But despite having their eyes tested by an optometrist, your child may still[…]

A Look at Life in Lockdown

On 23 March, a national coronavirus lockdown was announced in South Africa, starting on 26 March 2020. This required us all to stay indoors, preventing children from going to school, parents/carers from going to work, and families/friends from socialising and visiting. I write this blog on the 17th of September, marking 175 days of various[…]

Feel Your Food

Picky eating is a complex condition which can have many and sometimes multiple reasons for it.  Studies have found that paediatric feeding difficulties are caused by a combination of medical, structural, metabolic, developmental, sensory, behavioural and psychosocial components. There is a very definite link between picky eating and sensory sensitivity, and this is what we[…]

“Parentese” – More than just Baby Talk

What exactly comes to mind when we think baby talk? Is it perhaps meaningless sounds like “goo goo ga ga” or sentences that simply sound absurd due to being made up of silly words and sounds that have an utter disregard for grammar? If you answered yes for these, then it’s time to forget everything[…]

Sensory ideas to play at home with your child

What is Sensory Play? Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. It helps children in many aspects of development including: Exploratory learning: sensory play is unstructured, open-ended, not product-oriented. Encourages imagination and creative play. Problem solving and concentration. Fine motor skills and coordination. Language development:[…]

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