Holidays are wonderful times spent with family exploring and having fun, but they can be tricky if you have a child with a disability. Here are our top tips for using visuals and getting your child prepared for a holiday - no matter how big or small your getaway might...

According to the International Association of Orofacial Myology, about 38% of the general population and 81% of kids with speech problems have an Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder.  What is Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)? OMT focuses on re-training the nerves and muscles of the mouth and face for optimal function. The aim of OMT...

We love using timers at small TALK to help keep kids (and ourselves) on track. There are many benefits for using timers with your kids so let's dive right in. Using timers can help to reduce problem behaviours and build your child's skills and here's how: 1. Timers teach waiting "Just a minute" "hang...

Hands up if you love ‘I Spy!’ I spy with my little eye… that most of you have probably played this game before, and have your hands (literally or imaginatively) up in the air. Most of us have played the “traditional” version, where you find something beginning with a letter. But...

As a Speech Pathology Clinic, we see lots of children with speech errors, or who have trouble making sounds. In this blog, we'll clear the air about the different types of  speech errors and what our jargon really means. So, let's speak speech...

Here at Small TALK we love being able to offer an array of group therapy programs. Group therapy can play a significant part in a child’s therapy plan. Group intervention consists of sessions guided by a Speech Pathologist and includes two or more clients who work on improving their speech...

April is Autism Awareness Month Instead of educating the community about the challenges of people on the autism spectrum we wanted to shed some light on some of their contributions. The future relies on diverse and out of the box thinking and many people on the spectrum have used their differences to...

Is your child a “Master Builder”? Do they love creating their own buildings, worlds and playsets? Lego®, Duplo®, Meccano, Zoobs, Nanoblocks, Stickle Bricks, or even good old-fashioned wooden blocks, offer not only hours of entertainment, but stacks of ways to build your child’s communication skills. Here are 6 skills to target using your...

In the world of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) there are lots of myths about its limitations and barriers. Here we'll look at 7 of the most common misconceptions of AAC. Myth 1: There are prerequisites for children to learn AAC In years gone by, there was a general consensus that there were...

What is Phonological Awareness? Phonological awareness is the ability to hear, identify and say the separate parts of words such as rhymes, and letter sounds. Phonemic awareness is a sub-skill of phonological awareness. It is the ability to identify, say and manipulate the smallest sounds in words (phonemes). The terms phonological awareness...