Two things parents can do to help their kids learn to read

…written by Amanda Davis MSc, MA, BSc (Hons), Speech and Language Therapist, Dyslexia Specialist  It’s the first year of school and your child is just starting their literacy journey. You’re filled with excitement at the prospect of your little one soon being able to immerse herself in a book. For most parents, however, you’re also filled with apprehension and anxiety – will your child ‘get it’, will they learn to

How loud should I shout?

– written by Dr Anna-Mari Kruger, Speech and Language Therapist and Audiologist, Words First Ltd Resource Developer If I had a penny for every time a parent said to me: “There is nothing wrong with my child’s hearing, he just doesn’t listen!”, I would have been rubbing shoulders with Bill and his millionaire buddies by now.   Upon which I normally replied, “How do you know there is nothing wrong

Broken Words: Stammering in the 21st Century

written by Nichola Mundy Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Cert MRCSLT Words First Ltd “I stared out to the railing of the balcony, a spotlight setting my chest ablaze. My stomach and ribs expanded, and hot air rushed into my throat. The air in my abdomen reversed its flow, and my mouth cupped properly around the syllables of my next line. Then suddenly my brain blinked. My jaw locked. My diaphragm froze.