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Welcome Defiance

Welcome Defiance

There is a 'joke' in the speechie world that we 'teach kids to talk back'. And it's true! Let me explain: We celebrate when a child demonstrates the skills to refuse or to say no, because this is clear advocacy for their own wants and needs! Self-advocacy! And here’s...

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Towards #100PercentLiteracy: 9% to 82% in a year

Towards #100PercentLiteracy: 9% to 82% in a year

I work a day per week in a school in a low ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) area in Tasmania. The principal and staff are amazing. And so were the principal and staff before the current lot. They care.They trust each other and they work as a...

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Social Skills… You’re Welcome.

Social Skills… You’re Welcome.

At the moment our team of fabulous speechies are screening and assessing the speech and language of nearly 700 early years Tasmanian school children. These little people, forming and growing, never fail to delight. Every one of them is magnificent. The team are...

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Changes to our Hobart clinic therapy rooms

Changes to our Hobart clinic therapy rooms

With our team of therapists growing, we find the need to make some changes to our Hobart clinic. Speech therapist Caroline Ross has prepared this social story ‘Different Rooms at SPT’ to help clients who might find it challenging to adjust to sessions in a new room.

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I Wonder… Do Other Mothers Worry As Much?

I Wonder… Do Other Mothers Worry As Much?

School is going back and it triggered one of the lovely mums I (Rosie) work with to send me the most incredible, honest, vulnerable email. It's worthy of a wider read because she so beautifully captures the heart of many mothers I know whose children have differences...

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A Unicorn Job

“You’ve got a unicorn job(!) - the kind of job everyone wants to have... except they don’t really exist!” So said a friend of our wonderful team member Renee, about Renee's magical, marvelous work. After seven years raising her daughter, Renee was thinking about...

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Logopède… obviously.

Logopède… obviously.

Earlier this week I was in a zoom meeting with a clever, outgoing, French scientist. The conversation trip-trapped around to this topic of shared interest, then that… and somewhere in the midst he told me that he has dyslexia. Then completely matter-of-factly, he...

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Intentional Accidental Counsellors

Intentional Accidental Counsellors

Here's a few of our great gang after finishing a Lifeline 'Accidental Counsellor' training together. Allan, in the blue on the right, was in the 'gang' for the day as our fabulous facilitator. But he's well and truly in our gang for life as someone who reverberates...

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Following the Evidence

Following the Evidence

There are very few exceptions to the statement ‘everyone can learn to read and write’. Learning to read is one of the most studied human skills. We certainly now know enough about it to build a nation, which in practical terms is fully literate. This research has...

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Learning From Our Clients

Learning From Our Clients

There is no one that teaches us more about the work we do than our clients themselves. This is true for any of the helping professions and is certainly true for speech pathologists. It is through our interactions and applying theory, practically, to the presenting...

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Just Time and Juggling in Times of Covid

Just Time and Juggling in Times of Covid

Just Time and Juggling in Times of Covid (Or, you couldn’t write a manual to solve this!) We all maintain good health and hygiene practices, right? 1.5m apart, washing hands with soap, sneezing into elbow, staying at home if unwell, etc. It’s this ‘staying home if...

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Change Flooding Up

Change Flooding Up

Above image: left to right: Linda McKillop, speech pathologist & Orton-Gillingham master trainer; Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania; Rosie Martin, speech pathologist. “We’ve been talking about improving the literacy rates...

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My Friend Linda

My Friend Linda

I first met my dear friend Linda McKillop more than 30 years ago. I met her in the waiting room at the then Clarence Community Health Centre. I was a 24 year old ‘speechie’ working there two days each week; she was a 22 year old speechie working for the Education...

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