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Dynamics Therapy Centre for Kids
Issue 47 | March 2018
Is your child having trouble settling into preschool?

It is important to have regular checkups with developmental and hearing specialists to ensure your child’s development is progressing appropriately. Concerns may be raised by your family doctor, professionals who work with your child, e.g. teachers and support staff, or from your friends and family regarding your child’s ability to; understand/follow instructions, communicate their thoughts/ feelings/ wants/ needs or their ability to interact with their peers (social communication).

Speech and language therapy may begin at any age

Speech and language therapy may begin at any age.

  • In babies, it may be needed to address feeding or swallowing difficulties which can cause difficulties in early development and well being.
  • Communication (understanding and using language) therapy for children whose language is delayed from an early age will typically begin from 18-24 months, though children are often seen at a later stage as difficulties become more apparent.
  • Children with speech difficulties are usually seen from the age of 3 years, though this depends on the nature of the difficulty.

Quite often parents and teachers will report concerns about a “speech delay”. However, during assessment it may become clear that the child has a language delay. Are they not the same thing? No. Speech and language are very different.

Language is made up of socially shared rules that include the following:

  • What words mean (e.g., “star” can refer to a bright object in the night sky or a celebrity)

  • How to make new words (e.g., friend, friendly, unfriendly)

  • How to put words together (e.g., “Peg walked to the new store” rather than “Peg walk store new”)

  • What word combinations are best in what situations (“Would you mind moving your foot?” could quickly change to “Get off my foot, please!” if the first request did not produce results)

  • reading

Speech consists of the following:

  • Articulation- How speech sounds are made (e.g., children must learn how to produce the “r” sound in order to say “rabbit” instead of “wabbit”).

  • Voice- Use of the vocal folds and breathing to produce sound (e.g., the voice can be abused from overuse or misuse and can lead to hoarseness or loss of voice).

  • Fluency- The rhythm of speech (e.g., hesitations or stuttering can affect fluency).

Events and Happenings
Camp Ready
Camp Ready
9:00 am to 12:00 pm   |   4-8 June 2018
Deadline for application is 18th May 2018.
Our Camp-Ready! prepares children for the demands of mainstream primary schooling.
Speech & Language
Quick Tips
Tips
 

1. Labeling - Label objects and actions either around the house or play/learning environment

Owl Tips

2. Encourage the child - In order to engage the child, communicate/talk about what they are interested in or what they are looking at.

3. Speak in short, simple phrases -Try using just one or two word phrases when you communicating.

4. Repeat and emphasize key words . The child may pick up on those words and imitate them.

5. Giving Choices - For example you may hold up two objects, state what they are and offer the child a choice. Repeat they name after they have chosen the object.

Dynamics Apps

Dynamics Therapy Centre has created apps for the iPad. The apps created include

ASD

Do and Don't

Now and Then

OT Goal Bank

Speech Goal Bank

Task and Reward

V-taskit

Education Made Fun! Click here to our apps at http://www.dynamics.com.sg/apps
Our Affiliates

Dynamics Therapy Centre for Kids is affiliated with:

Dynamics Speech

Dynamics Success Centre

Edunamics

Dynamics Psychological Practice

Early Intervention Programme

We have a large team of speech and language therapists, occupational therapists,
educational therapists, psychologists, teachers & all supported by our administration team.
You can be assured that at Dynamics you only get the best, from the best!


Please contact for more information details at 6734 2634 | 6100 9235 or email inquiry@dynamics.com.sg
 
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