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Social communication is the broad term that describes how we use communication (both verbal and non-verbal) in social situations. In its most basic sense it is how we interpret and interact with those around us. Social communication goes by many names. You might also hear: Pragmatics Pragmatic Language Social Langauge Social...

Families all over the world are adjusting to life in isolation during the COVID Pandemic. With many parents now working from home there is a big shift in thinking about how we are spending our time and supporting our little ones to continue learning and growing. There has been a plethora...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Are you ready for the mayhem of Christmas? Are you ready for the stampede of toys that will rush into your home?   With school holiday’s well and truly upon us, we thought we’d offer some tips to help your kids organise their time and decrease the chaos in your house. It’s great...

So you’ve been told that your child has Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). But what does that mean? And how is it different from Timmy’s lisp, or Sally saying “car” instead of “tar”?  What’s in a name CAS stands for childhood apraxia of speech. Other terms used to describe the condition include developmental apraxia...