Focus on Talking First Words & Sentences Group 

  • Join our parent & child "Focus on Talking First Words & sentences Group" at SpeechNet Holland Park,  This group is run by a Speech Pathologist and helps your child build their confidence, Speech & Language skills.  It is play based fun that encourages spoken words and sentences! Great for parents who want to be sure they are using techniques to optimise their child's early learning potential.
  • When?  Tuesdays 2.15 - 3 pm or Wednesdays 11 - 11.45 am.  Term Bookings are now available but you can enter the groups at any time within the term so call or send an email to see if we have any spots available.   
  • Where? SpeechNet Speech Pathology Holland Park Clinic:  62 Nursery Road, Holland Park West, Queensland, Australia.
  • Cost: Normal Price for Focus on First Words & Sentences Group is $52.50 per session and reflect the professional input received. Buy a block of 5 sessions to receive a 10% discount!  For 10 or more sessions purchased at once you not only receive the 10% discount but also the Pop & Top Online Word Counter (a way of counting how many words your child is saying and what "kind of words" they are saying.  Private Health / NDIS / Medicare rebates may also be used as available.  
  • Who? Parents, carers and toddlers (18 months to 30 months) who want to make sure you are optimizing your child's development while they are playing and having fun.  The games and play activities are modelled by speech pathologist so while you and your child have HEAPS of fun, we show how you can "play with purpose". That is, we show you how play is the best way to encourage more words and sentences as well as boosting general learning!
  • The groups are 45 minutes in duration. They are small groups (max 8) and lead by an experienced speech pathologist. There is a series of songs, games, craft, books and activities specifically developed by a speech pathologist, Dr Sandra McMahon using the FOCUS on Talking principles. There are demonstrations by the speech pathologist and handouts given at the end of every session so you can confidently copy and carry out the same techniques and games at home and in your everyday. Within the 45 minutes, there is time to freely play the activities given while the Speech Pathologist mingles to refine techniques or ideas specific to your child. This is also a great time to support and talk to other parents with children in the 18 - 30 month range.

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Why Join the Group?

This group is run by a Speech Pathologist and helps your child build their confidence, speech & language, play and listening skills.
The groups are fully Play based but they are more than just a "play group". The games and play activities are modelled by speech pathologist so while you and your child have HEAPS of fun, we show how you can "play with purpose". That is, we show you how play is the best way to encourage more words and sentences as well as boosting general learning!

The speech pathologist will lead the games and activities that encourages all the foundation skills needed to help them say more spoken words and begin to build sentences! Great for parents who want to be sure they are using techniques to optimise their child's early learning potential. They are also great for parents that are worried their child may be at risk of being a late talker. 

These groups are great for ANY child in the 18 -30 month age range.  For example, you may want to make sure you are optimizing your child's development while they are playing and having fun. You may be looking for a play group or mother-child/parent-child activities that are a little different to the usual play groups.What ever the reason, come along - everyone is welcome.
If you are keen to learn skills yourself (as the sessions provide invaluable and must have tips any parent with a child under 3 years should have); or if you are concerned, know your child is showing slow development or feel they are at risk of being a late talker, then book in today!

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SpeechNet Focus On Talking First Words & Sentences

Did you know that 80% of 18 month old children are saying between 41 and 210* words - YES that's right 210 different spoken words. It's a huge range right! Vocabulary and later school success have been closely linked. The best time to build vocabulary (yes even past 210 words) is in the early years of development.

If we look at 30 month old children you would be expecting even more words and sentences! In the 30 month old age range, 80% of children would be saying between 441 to 639* words! NOW doesn't that seem SO high. Remember they may not say all the words everyday, but they have the words in their bag of skills. At 30 months you would also be expecting to hear lots of 2- 3 words sentences (e.g., where's my car? I see a dog, get my cup).

Are you not sure if your child meets these milestone? - Not to worry, come along anyway to one of our groups and the Speech Pathologist will be able to watch your child's interactions and you will have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like.

Rubbing shoulders with a Speech Pathologist that works all day with the under 3 year old children while your playing with your child is such an ideal way to learn and get to know how language development happens - You will know you are receiving sound advice rather than hearing "my child only said x words but is fine now" by the well meaning friends or strangers.

The actual definition of a late talker is:

A child 24 months or older that is not saying more than 50 words OR is not putting 2-word sentences together in the absence of any know medical reason. There is a heap of literature suggesting NOT TO WAIT to see if they "grow out of the late talking". The best action is to talk to a Speech Pathologist.... And what better way than joining one of our playgroups specifically focused on helping children say more words and sentences.

Some children we know can be more "at risk" of delays with talking than others - e.g., children with Global developmental delays, some premie babies, Children with Down's syndrome, children with different genetic make ups, children that have had "tough starts" (e.g., lots of ear infections, lots of sicknesses or hospitalisations). Our groups are a family friendly environments without the "medical feel environment feel". The groups allow you to mingle with our parents, lets your child have a heap of fun AND you get to learn techniques that speech pathologists use to get children saying more words and sentences. ... Contact us now to book into our Focus on Talking Playgroups!

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