Top tips for talking
As a speech language therapist I often get asked ‘‘what can I do to support my child’s communication skills?’’
There are so many simple things parents can do to actively encourage and support their child, particularly during the preschool years.
Over the next few weeks I will be standing in for Brenda Holdaway and I will be sharing plenty of helpful tips for talking.
Whenever I meet a family for the first time I always ask the parents about the child’s hearing. Being able to hear and actively listen to all the sounds and words in the environment is essential for communication development.
A child’s hearing ability can fluctuate depending on whether they have a cold, fluid in the ears, or an ear infection.
If you have any concerns about your child’s hearing it’s important to get it checked by your GP and request a referral to audiology to fully assess.
Catherine Campbell is a speech language therapist with Nelson Tasman Kindergarten Association