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The only Play Dough Recipe you’ll Ever Need & How it can Help your Child Talk, Play & Listen!

The only Play Dough Recipe you’ll Ever Need & How it can Help your Child Talk, Play & Listen!

Let’s talk about play-dough!

I love it and can lose hours squishing the stuff, and my daughter loves it too. If play dough is something you or your child enjoys, you’ll want to grab this recipe! It’s really simple and I also share how you can use play dough time to support your child’s communication and play skills!

It’s not just for little kids – making play dough and playing together can be a calming and relaxing activity for kids and grown-ups of all ages!

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3 things to do when you don’t understand what your kid is saying

3 things to do when you don’t understand what your kid is saying

There are so many reasons why we sometimes miss what kids are telling us. Just some of the reasons can be:

Unclear speech sounds, like using different sounds in words or missing sounds. “Dog” can sound like “gog”. “Three” might sound like “fee”
Stuttering – repeating sounds, words, or getting stuck when trying to ‘get words out’

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Coping with BIG changes: A recipe to help your kid cope with change

Coping with BIG changes: A recipe to help your kid cope with change

For many of you in Sydney and Melbourne, you’re heading out of lockdowns and kids are going back to school! This can bring with it so many feelings for kids and parents alike. You might be going through other big life changes that make your child feel worried or anxious.

I’m sharing a simple recipe to help your kid feel more calm and prepared to cope with big changes!

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Building Resilience in Kids: What Bluey can Teach Us

Building Resilience in Kids: What Bluey can Teach Us

We ALL learn new things by trying, trying and trying again. Resilience is when you can cope with the set-backs, and keep at it, and then you GROW 🌷 Read on for how we can build resilience in kids.

The other night I was watching Bluey with my family – a favourite Saturday evening activity for my 2 year old, and let’s face it, for us all!

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Helping your child talk more and learn new words… at Bathtime!

Helping your child talk more and learn new words… at Bathtime!

Language learning happens everywhere!

Many parents want their kids to learn new words, and it’s common to think that we need to set aside ‘special learning time’ or ‘therapy practice time’ to meet this goal.

MYTHBUSTER MOMENT! Language learning happens everywhere! I love sharing ideas for using everyday routines to build skills for talking!

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3 Ways to Help your Child have Better Conversations

3 Ways to Help your Child have Better Conversations

Lots of parents tell me that they want their kids to have better conversations, whether that’s a more detailed chat at the end of the school day, sharing over the dinner table, or better conversations with their friends.

In this post I’m sharing my 3 top tips for helping your children have better conversations with you, and with other kids.

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Using ‘People Games’ to Boost your Child’s Language Development

Using ‘People Games’ to Boost your Child’s Language Development

Many parents ask me to recommend games and toys that will help encourage their child’s communication development. One of my favourite categories of games is ‘people games’ – that is, activities, songs and play where YOU are the toy! ‘People games’ are a great way to improve your child’s attention, social interaction, and communication skills – and the best thing is, they’re free!

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Giving Kids a Choice: Create more calm and empower your child

Giving Kids a Choice: Create more calm and empower your child

When we have no choices, we don’t have ‘buy-in’. We’re not engaged in the activities we’re have to do.

It might feel hard to give your child choices when you’re in the middle of a whirlwind of trying to get out of the house in the morning, but adding a few moments of choice can actually make things easier, calmer and smoother for the whole family!

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Why is Pretend Play so Important for Kids?

Why is Pretend Play so Important for Kids?

Pretend play is an essential play skill for children to develop, and it helps kids learn language, tune in to other people and develop social skills.

Whether your child likes playing with dolls, trucks, dress-ups, characters from movies, or animals, pretend play is a wonderful and important type of play… And it just happens to be limitless fun!

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