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Interacting with Your Premature Baby

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Prematurity is something that lies very close to my heart. We are three siblings, and all three of us were born premature. My baby photos are of a very skinny, very very tiny baby, attached to tubes. I can only imagine the fear and uncertainty that my mother must have felt when we were infants […]

Teaching negatives: Why No is Important

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No is one of the first words that most children learn. Before the age of one, babies start to develop an understanding of the word ‘no’. It’s often one of the first words that children will start to say. Negatives form an extremely important role in language and social development! There are a few different […]

Communication: An Overview

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Communication is not just the words that you say. It is so much more than that!! Let’s take a look at an overview of communication. Most parents who are concerned about their child’s communication are concerned because of their child’s speech. When asked what their concerns are, it’s usually something along the lines of “Joey […]

Talking About Emotions

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Talking About Emotions: It’s Important On this blog I look a lot at how important talking to your child is. One thing that it is especially important to talk to your child about are emotions. A child’s emotions develop and become more complex as they grow older, and so should their understanding of what they […]

Language Comprehension: From Birth to 1 Year

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The understanding of spoken language is an extremely important step in the development of communication. It’s so special to see your child start to respond to and understand words and start following instructions. Language comprehension actually starts to develop long before your baby starts to follow directions. From birth to the age of 12 months, […]

Signing to Support Communication Development (Baby Signs)

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Communication is such a complex thing. We think of communication in terms of speaking and understanding. Communication is much, much more than that. It’s body language. It’s facial expression. Communication, for some individuals, is pressing buttons on communication devices. And gestures, too, are a form of communication. For Sign Language users, gestures are their main […]

Bilingual Language Development

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In a country like South Africa, and many other countries in a world that is increasingly multi-cultural, raising bilingual children is very common. Parents have many questions about this. Will it cause a language delay? Will their child speak later?. Today we’re going to look at what you can expect from your child’s bilingual language […]

Special Time: What it is and why you should have one.

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Whilst talking about 3 Strategies for Busy Moms , I spoke about setting apart a little time every day to focus on communicating with your child. I called this time Special Time. Even if it’s just 5 minutes, Special Time can be very valuable to your child (and to you!). What do I mean by […]

Before Reading – Important Pre Literacy Skills

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Before reading: Pre literacy skills When we think of learning to read, we tend to think of our children being taught the alphabet and learning to sound out letters to form words. Whilst this is part of learning to read, to be succesful at this point, children need to already have certain skills under their […]

Gardening with your Toddler

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This morning, I couldn’t quite face sitting in front of a computer. And so, I went into the garden, to do some weeding and plant some seeds. I thought about how rich in stimuli a garden is! So today, I’ll be looking at how gardening and beeing in a garden can be utilised to assist […]