Dysphagia, a difficult diagnosis to swallow

By Youthrive Speech Pathologist Freeda Thong   What is Swallowing Awareness Day? Speech Pathology Australia is hosting Swallowing Awareness day on the 13th of March 2019 this year. Did you know that the average human swallows 700 times a day?! A process that is seemingly easy, automatic and effortless to most, but for some can … Continued

What to expect at a kindergarten screening session!

Youthrive now offers Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology Screening Sessions for kindergartens and childcare centres. This childhood screening package aims to assist early childhood educators and parents in identifying developmental challenges for children as early as possible. The screening package can include: An information session for parents and teachers focusing on developmental milestones, and general … Continued

How to help your child speak confidently to adults

By Kasey Lloyd, Youthrive Psychologist Why do some children find it easy to converse with family friends, professionals, and strangers while others struggle to whisper ‘hello’? Some researchers suggest we are born with different temperaments, while others suggest that early attachment and parenting style can impact one’s sociability. Regardless, speaking to grown-ups can be scary … Continued

Youthrive now offers professional development sessions!

Are you an educator wanting to learn more about how to best support the kids in your classroom? Or are you a parent wanting help with your child’s fussy eating or toileting? Whether it’s developing an understanding of different diagnoses and developmental challenges or devising strategies to manage your classroom, we are here to help! … Continued

How to encourage your kids to do chores!

We can all relate to the stress of trying to get your kids to help with chores. Sometimes just the thought of asking them to “clean their room” can cause a tantrum. But, with the right strategies and mindset, chores can become a positive experience for both you and your child! Kids may need to … Continued

These 5 basic concepts are essential for early school success!

By Sabina Pyne, Youthrive Speech Pathologist Your child’s understanding of basic concepts is important for their success at school and it’s easy to help them develop these skills at home! What are basic concepts? Basic concepts are words that depict location (e.g. up/down), number (e.g. more/less), descriptions (e.g. big/little), time (e.g. old/young) and feelings (e.g. … Continued

Developing the vocabulary skills vital for success!

By Sabina Pyne, Youthrive Speech Pathologist   Did you know that vocabulary growth helps kids think and learn about the world and is directly linked to their overall success at school? If your child is struggling with reading, research suggests that there will almost always be a connection to their lack of vocabulary. So, parents, … Continued

How cooking can help children with anxiety

By Chris Dickson, Youthrive Psychologist   Today, children are growing up in a whole new world. The boom in technology means that children are facing a lot of new difficulties that their parents never grew up with. Children are now teaching their parents how to use their iPhone and post on social media. However, is … Continued