Christmas Gift Ideas

Looking for some last minute stocking fillers or gifts for under the tree?  The masses of toys you find in the stores can be rather overwhelming.  You may find yourself asking which ones will they enjoy and will they also help with their development? To help you choose, we’ve put together of few of our…

How to prepare your child for reading success

The Hanen I’m Ready!™ Program is running in January! This program shows parents how to use fun, practical tips and strategies to make early literacy-learning a natural and enjoyable part of the day. Studies have shown that children who start school with higher levels of early literacy skills have greater academic success. As the most important teachers…

Building Your Child’s Vocabulary

Let’s clear up what vocabulary is to start.  It’s your child’s word bank.  It’s made up of two main parts: the words your child understands (known as receptive vocabulary) and the words they use (known as expressive vocabulary).  We divide it in two parts because there’s typically a big difference between them in terms of size. …

Hayden’s Journey to Clear Speech

Meet the delightful Hayden.  He and his Mum, Melissa, came to Talk Play Grow for an assessment in 2014 when he had just turned 3 years old.  Melissa came in with a big, burning question “does my son have dyspraxia?’.  He was late to talk and was hard to understand. Fortunately, the answer was no…

Our Hanen I’m Ready! program is here!

Is your child starting school in the next year or two? Then this program is for you! There is lots of research that shows children who start school with higher levels of early literacy skills have greater academic success. Parent are, without doubt, the most important teachers in their child’s life and play a critical role…

Top 5 Indoor Activities for Winter

With winter upon us there are days when layering up and heading out goes in the too hard basket.  But then the children get cabin fever and turn into something resembling these delightful characters… So, here are our top 5 activities to keep the kids entertained while you enjoy the warmth and comfort of your home.…

Book rotation: The why and how

If you’re a parent you might have heard about toy rotation but have you thought of doing it with books?  For those that are scratching their head wondering what we’re talking about let’s clear things up a bit.  Toy rotation is the process of putting out a small selection of your child’s toys and packing…

Talking Tips for Easter

This week we’ve been chatting with parents about they can create more than a chocolate rich Easter…a language rich one too!  Here are three of our top tips for weaving lots of language into Easter with children: Join the hunt This is a fantastic opportunity to teach them lots of location words.  Walk alongside your…

The Rainy Day Box

If you’ve got young children, a forecast of rain, be it a day or a week, can bring on feelings of dread.  How on earth am I going to get through a day confined to the house with them?  Well, here’s one idea to keep up your sleeve…a rainy day box.  This is a box…