Joondalup speech pathologists babbling on

Yolande Dosthuizen with Ben, Aaron and Verinia La Frentz with Bronson, speech pathologist Inge Gaudin with Klara, and speech pathologist Genevieve Saldanha and Alan King with Lilly. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Yolande Dosthuizen with Ben, Aaron and Verinia La Frentz with Bronson, speech pathologist Inge Gaudin with Klara, and speech pathologist Genevieve Saldanha and Alan King with Lilly. Picture: Martin Kennealey

JOONDALUP speech pathologists are encouraging babies to babble to help develop language skills.

Viva Speech Pathology at the Joondalup Family Centre is holding Babbling Time sessions from 11am on Tuesdays during school terms for parents and babies aged between 6 weeks and the crawling stage.

From next term, the clinic is also introducing a Talking Time extension program for babies from the crawling stage to 21 months from 9.30am.

The 30-minute sessions aim to prevent speech, language and literacy difficulties and give new ideas to stimulate your baby, with information handouts to take home.

They will follow with a morning tea and speech pathologist Genevieve Saldanha will be on hand to answer any questions.

“We looked around at what was on offer for parents with babies and there isn’t currently such a program elsewhere with a unique speech and language early intervention focus,” practice owner Inge Gaudin said.

“Speech pathology research and our experience shows that lack of, or reduced, babbling is associated with some communication difficulties.

“Speech clarity and language difficulties can increase the risk of literacy difficulties at school.

“By educating parents about how to stimulate language precursor skill development, Genevieve will be aiming to prevent or minimise issues via early intervention.”

Cost is $30 and parents may be eligible for a health fund rebate.

To register, 9344 2900 or email reception@vivaspeech.com.au.

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