Making the connection with numbers

Counting and identifing how many things there are – it seems like a simple concept to those of us who mastered it many years ago but for some of our little people it can be extremely challenging. The most common difficulty I see with young children who are struggling with these concepts is a parent reporting “he can count to 5 but then has no idea other times”. Often what they are describing is in fact their child’s ability to repeat a rote learned sequence of words but without clear association of those words with specific quantities. For example if you say to most normally developing 2 year olds “One…Two…” they will pipe up with “Three!” because they have learned it as a predictable word pattern the same as they have learned “Ready…Set…GO!”. The key is to move beyond just counting towards recognising a given quantity without needing to go through the whole sequence. A great way to start this is by contrasting pairs of things with single things eg “Look, I have two eyes, two ears, two legs, two noses…oh no I got mixed up I only have ONE nose. What about you?” Then start counting things just comparing one and two eg “one sheep, two cats”. Whenever you can add the written numerals (eg 2) and number words (eg two) on flashcards into these activities. Use some household objects (eg cutlery or toys) and match them with the relevant flashcard depending on whether there’s one or two things. Once your child is able to identify one and two you can then expand this to include numbers 1-5....

Therapy Assistant now available

Welcome to our newest team member Bethany. You may have already met Bethany as she has been training with us as a Allied Health Therapy Assistant (AHA) over the past three months and is now available for therapy sessions. AHA sessions are billed at approximately half the price of our regular therapy rates. Your child will still have a dedicated speech pathologist who is responsible for goal setting and monitoring of therapy progress. You will see your therapist for a review consultation at a pre-determined frequency (eg monthly or once a term) depending on your child’s needs and regular therapy sessions will be provided by the AHA. This provides a cost effective way to access more therapy for many families and we are very excited to be able to offer this new service delivery option. Please note that at this stage AHA sessions are not eligible for rebates under Medicare or most private health insurance so please consider this factor when making decisions regarding your child’s care. If you are interested in accessing AHA sessions for your child please discuss this with your...