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At small TALK speech therapy we are well known for using the evidence based principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). In this blog post we'll share with you what ABA is and how it can help your child. What is ABA? Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is not a therapy in itself, but a...

For many families, having concerns about your child’s talking can be the start of a journey to enhance your child’s communication skills with the help of a Speech Pathologist. Other families may be recommended to visit a Speech Pathologist due to concerns raised by Teachers or Doctors (GPs). But what...

ISAAC 2018 - top take homes and resources from the conference Our therapist, Bec Shelton, was lucky enough to attend the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Conference on the Gold Coast in July this year. The ISAAC conference was a 4 day conference sharing the latest research and...

What is Stuttering? Stuttering is a speech disorder which affects the fluency or flow of speech. Stuttered speech is characterised by repeated movements and fixed postures of the speech mechanism. It usually begins during early childhood, often around the time of rapid language development between 2 ½ and 4 years of...

It’s cold outside! For most of us, this can make it hard to get motivated (or get out of a toasty warm bed in the morning… or go outside…), but fitting in language-learning opportunities doesn’t have to be as much of a struggle. Read on for inspiration to keep your...

At Small TALK, we love books and we love reading! Did you know - Reading to your child for 15 minutes each day will provide 500 hours of literacy learning before they start school? Reading with children has also been shown to decrease negative behaviour. The Australian Kids and Family Reading Report...

This months blog is a mixed bag on all things literacy. We talk about early literacy skills, reading and writing disabilities, and why it is important that ALL children receive targeted literacy instruction. Lets start at the beginning...

What's so important about play? Play isn't just great for occupying kids so that you can get the chores done. It's really important for child development. "Toys are children's words and play is their language." Newcastle Play Therapy Play helps children learn so many life skills, here are just a few: problem-solving skills expression ...