For teachers: Working with school age children who are bilingual.

I am often asked about bilingualism by teachers, particularly in relation to children whose first language is not English, and it is now a topic that I always include on my summer teacher training courses at the West Cork Education Centre. Across the world, bilingualism (and multi-lingualism) is more common than monolingualism (one language). There are […]

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International autism specialist to speak at event in Bandon

SPECIAL Strength for Special Parents is a unique financial and health education evening for parents of young and adult children with an intellectual disability or autism. It takes place on Thursday 11th September at 7pm. The evening will feature Dr Caroline Goldsmith, a world renowned authority in the field of Autism, in addition to a number of […]

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Teaching children about feelings

Children are emotional beings…as anyone who spends any length of time with children knows! While as babies and toddlers they convey their feelings through sounds or actions, as they develop language, they start to put words on these feelings. At the moment, my 3½  year old’s favourite word is ‘excited’, or, using her words, ‘exciting’, […]

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Psst…I’m going privately…Frequently asked questions in relation to public and private speech and language therapy

We all want the best for our children, and if they have a problem we will do whatever we can to sort it out. This article is in response to frequent questions that I get from parents about going privately while awaiting, or receiving, speech and language therapy through H.S.E. or other therapy providers. Can […]

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Stormy stories…the importance of story telling skills, and some tips for helping them along

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“Our trampoline blew away….but we found it….”  “Well, our play house didn’t blow away….it’s very strong!” were some of the stories that came back from our son’s first day at school following Storm Darwin on 12th February 2014. These stories were still vivid in the children’s minds, even though power cuts had meant that it was […]

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I’m just not understood!

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It was proving to be quite a civilised dinner, food was being eaten and children were chatting… and listening…a model conversational meal… Our three year old said, “You and Daddy bwain.” “Playing?” I asked. “No, bwain.” “Brain?” “No bwain.” OK, so now time to pull out some more highly effective strategies. “I don’t understand you, tell […]

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“Sure he’ll just grow out of it…wasn’t his father 5 before he said a word…and look at him now! Now have a cup of tea….ah go on….”

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While this could be a quote from Mrs. Doyle in Father Ted, well meaning advice such as this may deter a parent from seeking help or advice from a speech and language therapist. Parents, caregivers, family members and/or  professionals can sometimes feel unsure about when to refer to a speech and language therapist.  I frequently get phone calls or […]

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Mum, I’m bored!…Toys, creativity and the importance of space

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Article featured in this month’s edition of Connected Communication Newsletter. This photo is of my hall, not exactly one that I would use to promote myself at an Ideal Homes’ Exhibition, or for ‘Housewife of the Year’. No, this is, in case it’s not obvious, a ship. This construction has been the product of my 5 year […]

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Connected Communication newsletter

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I’ve just clicked send on my first edition of ‘Connected Communication’, a free monthly newsletter about topics relating to speech, language, voice, music therapy and education. In this edition I’m covering articles relating to toys, stammering during times of excitement, and voice care. If you are interested, then sign up, and stay updated. Until 31st January 2014, […]

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Speech and language development in twins

I’ve had some recent queries about speech and language development in twins. I wanted to find some general information on the subject so did a quick internet search and came across these informative articles which included practical tips on encouraging speech and language development in twins: http://nspt4kids.com/parenting/speech-language-development-in-twins/ http://www.twinsuk.co.uk/twinstips/14/95/twins-language–development/language-development-in-twins-triplets–higher-order-multiples/

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