Talking Time Blog

Services now in Eltham!

From 1 September, 2018, we’ll be offering services at our new clinic at 22 Dudley St, Eltham The new clinic is a short walk from the train station, with easy parking in the Coles carpark across the road from the clinic. We’re sharing the new premises with a child and adolescent psychologist, a podiatrist and…

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Our OT team is growing again – welcome to Laura

A warm hello to the DWSP community! My name is Laura and I joined the team here at DWSP back in December 2018.  I met Dee and some of the team several years previously and I am thrilled to have finally joined them. I have always held a passion for supporting children and their families,…

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Motor Skills – what are they, and how do we check them?

What are motor skills? Motor Skills are split into fine motor skills (little movements, e.g. cutting, writing) and gross motor skills (e.g. jumping, balancing).  Children gradually develop their ability to use different groups of muscles across the first 8 years of life, starting with basic gross motor skills, e.g rolling, walking and crawling, and gradually…

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Messy Play (Part 1) – what is it?

Why should we encourage kids in messy play/sensory play? From the very first day they are born, children are designed to explore the world via all their senses; taste, sight, touch, hearing and smell.  That’s why babies and toddlers touch and mouth everything, and why kids make funny noises with their mouths and experiment with how…

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Doll House Antics – ideas for imaginative play

Small doll play is a developmental milestone for cognitive skills and imaginary play. It’s the kind of play which children can enjoy by themselves or with 1-2 friends in a small group. The dolls and storys they tell can change as they grow and find new interests – and it’s a kind of play that…

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Welcome to Jaclyn!

Jaclyn joined the DWSP team in early 2019 after returning from working and travelling in London and Europe. Prior to her international roles Jaclyn worked with the Department of Education across Melbourne schools for over 5 years. Jaclyn completed her postgraduate study with a Masters of Speech Pathology at The University of Melbourne and is…

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Introducing our newest team member – Alyssa

Hi there. My name is Alyssa and I’m excited to introduce myself as the newest member of the team at DWSP! I joined the team in August and am loving everything so far. I grew up outside of Seattle, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and spent the last 7 years living in California. After…

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My day at work in a school – a speech pathologist story

  “What did you do in speech therapy today?” his teacher asked. “Played Bop It!” said the student. Yes! Mission accomplished! I thought, as I looked at the teacher and laughed out loud. Since we use so many games and activities to work on our goals – our students often don’t realise they’re learning new…

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Get Set, Prep!

Get Set, Prep! is our school readiness program for 2019. Families often ask us what they can do to help their child be as ready as possible for school entry, and there’s lots of skills our team can help with. Our Get Set, Prep! program begins with a 1:1 individual and goal setting session, where…

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Term 3 Ready Readers Group

We are excited to offer our Ready Readers Literacy group program in Term 3! This no-cost program is designed to support 6 – 7 year olds in further developing strong letter-sound associations.   Literacy research has shown that knowledge of letter-sound correspondence is one of the five essential skills for reading. Our program is ideal for…

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