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The questions you’re too scared to ask your speech therapist (but really want to know!)

Q: Why did the emu cross the road? A: To prove he wasn’t a chicken. Sometimes as a parent in speech therapy sessions you might have some questions but feel too chicken to ask, such as: “Why does the therapist just play with my child?” “Why won’t she just get him to say some words?” “We’ve been …Continue reading

Best ever strategy to help a child’s eye contact

I often have parents ask me for ideas to help their child learn to use more eye contact. I first used this trick many years ago (can’t remember how or who I learned it from or I would give them a hug and BIG thankyou!). Years later, I still use this strategy regularly with children who …Continue reading

How to Read with your Child (and love it!)

[et_pb_section][et_pb_row][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”http://chatterbugs.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Mum-and-Kids-Reading.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” animation=”left” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” /][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] We are pleased to announce the launch of our free online course for parents, “How to Read with Your Child (and love it!)”. After extensive community consultation we observed a growing need for parents …Continue reading

Thank you, thank you, thank you

2015 has been a great year at Chatterbugs and we just wanted to say thank you to the Toowoomba community. To everyone who has referred children to us so we could help them, thank you. To everyone who has trusted us with their special children as your speech therapy service provider of choice, thank you. To all …Continue reading

Joining words together – 3 strategies to help your child use two word phrases

When children are using lots of single words, they may need some help to learn how they can put words together to make short sentences. There are also a number of different types of two word phrases. As a quick refresher for those of you who can’t remember school English a noun is a naming …Continue reading

How Children Learn to Read

 This post will be decidedly more technical than most of our articles but we feel it’s a vitally important subject area for parents and teachers to understand despite it’s complexity so pardon the jargon (we’ve tried to explain terms throughout for you)! Learning how to read requires several skills working together in a complex, harmonious …Continue reading

The value of play

According to Albert Einstein, “Play is the highest form of research”. If we want our children to figure out the world we need to allow them time and space to play in a variety of ways. Beyond that though we also need to teach our children HOW to play. Earlier this year I attended a workshop …Continue reading

Help your child learn to eat (and enjoy!) vegetables

        I came across a really interesting new study this year investigating how parents can help their children learn to eat a disliked vegetable. They compared the following five groups: A control group that didn’t get any intervention Parents presented the vegetable every day Parents presented the vegetable every day and modelled eating that …Continue reading

Junior Art Competition: Kids only, free entry, great prizes

Junior Art Competition Our “Chatterbugs Gallery” is in need of an update and we need your little artist’s creative genius to make it happen. Entry is free and open to any child under 18. Entries from children with disabilities is strongly encouraged. Our first online entry has already won a prize and a position in …Continue reading

Transforming Picky Eaters into Peaceful Feeders

How to stop table tantrums, manage mealtime meltdowns and nourish a child who struggles to eat or refuses foods. Picky eating and feeding problems is frustrating for children and exhausting and nerve-wracking for parents. We want you and your child to find joy in sharing meals together and for your child to enjoy the nutritional …Continue reading

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