Talking Time Blog

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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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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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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Voyager Pilates & the “Parent Pause Program”

Coming to You in July 2018: Voyager Pilates at DWSP – Thornbury We are excited to introduce Sarah, our new pilates instructor.  Sarah will be running a “Parent Pause” Pilates program at our Thornbury clinic, offering parents a brief period of time out and self -care while their children are in session.   Read on…

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We welcome Erica!

We are very excited to welcome the latest addition to the DWSP team. Erica Casey joins DWSP from her role at the Royal Children’s Hospital.  She is an an experienced Speech Pathologist who supports preschool and school aged children with a range of speech, language, learning and feeding difficulties. She enjoys working with children with…

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An interview with Tiger Time

Last month our Occupational Therapist Rachel (RH) was lucky enough to catch up with Amee Carrick, mother, early educator and creator of tiger time – an instagram page dedicated to inspiring parents to get creative with the sensory play! Providing endless, non-screen based, options for play and learning. Amee can be found over on instagram…

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Fussy eaters and mealtime battles

Why are some kids “fussy eaters”? Food is a huge part of life and daily routines and can be incredibly enjoyable.  However, for many children (and parents!) mealtimes and eating can be one of the most stressful parts of their day. In the DWSP clinic we work with families and children who have limited preferences,…

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