Autism Awareness Month: How to Deal with Changes to Routine During COVID-19

Autism can come in many forms. One very common trait of people with autism is restrictive or repetitive behaviours, such as being fixed on a routine. Whilst COVID-19 has changed many of our lives, for those with autism, it can seem like their world is turning upside down. But not to worry! We’ve come up with some handy tools to …

Does my child need to see a speech pathologist?

There are certain speech and language milestones that we expect children to reach as they are growing and developing.  It is worth seeing a speech pathologist if your child: is stuttering, is very difficult to understand, or has great difficulty understanding what is being said or communicated to them.  If your child has very restricted or limited food preferences a …

What is a Speech Pathologist?

Speech pathologists work with people with communication impairments such as difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.  The speech pathologist usually does an assessment to determine the type and severity of the difficulties experienced by the …

The Benefits of Bilingualism

Bilingualism is being fluent in understanding and speaking two languages. There are more bilingual and multilingual people in the world than there are monolinguals. Australia alone – being one of the most diverse and multicultural countries in the world – houses over 300 different languages that are spoken in the home environment.  As a speech pathologist trained, living and working …

5 Benefits of Online Therapy

Many people have been introduced to online therapy in the last few months. It almost feels like a new phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. Telehealth, as it’s sometimes called, has actually been around for a long time. Many practitioners can claim to have been practicing online therapy for over a decade! Here are some reasons why they’ve …

Is online therapy effective?

A growing body of evidence shows that even for traditionally hands-on services such as physiotherapy, the online delivery of these services can be as effective as face-to-face. Depending on the issue, patients can get the same results from online services as being with a clinician in person, with a number of added benefits such as reduced risk of infection, convenience, …

5 Parenting Tips for Children with Disabilities

Your child has been identified as having support needs classified as a learning disability. Your mind might be racing as you grapple with the newfound knowledge, but what does it mean? What do you need to know as a parent?  What can you do? Here are 5 tips that every parent needs to know, as well as 3 mistakes you …

Parenting a Child with Autism: A Reflection

As a parent, it’s important not to beat yourself up about things you wish you could have done in the past. The best course of action for inner peace is to look to the future. However, if we look outwards at what we have done in the past, it can also be helpful for us to use certain experiences to …