5 warning signs that your child needs to see a Speech Pathologist

With a toddler and newborn bub along the way, there is a lot to think about! We are busily preparing for the new little man to arrive while also keeping Starfish entertained and happy (can you believe he’s 2?!). And as a teacher, I am always trying to find ways to support Starfish’s development and growth, particularly when meeting milestones. While we haven’t had to worry about his language development, I know many parents (personally and through the Mumma Morrison community) who are concerned about some aspect of their child’s speech, and have been wondering what are the warning signs that your child needs to see a Speech Pathologist. Lucky for us, the amazing Lauren Crumlish from Speech Clinic is sharing with us on the blog today the top 5 things parents should look out for with your child’s language development.

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What are the 5 warning signs that your child needs to see a speech pathologist?

There are many warning signs that your child may need speech therapy. This article will share five red flags that all parents should be aware of.

Speech Pathology is a vast health field. Speech and Language Pathologists treat delays and disorders relating to:

  • Speech clarity,
  • Language,
  • Literacy,
  • Stuttering,
  • Feeding,
  • Voice pathology and;
  • Social interactions.

Paediatric Speech pathologists assess, diagnose and treat these delays and disorders. The following five warning signs are related to communication difficulties between 0-5 years. If you have specific concerns about your little one, contact your local Speech Clinic.

Your little one is 12-18 months of age and hasn’t started using words

We expect children (both boys and girls!) to develop their first words around their first birthday. Some children may even begin using words before this time. Your baby should be babbling, cooing and exploring their voice leading up to their first birthday. If your little one isn’t using words by the time they are 18 months of age, they will be at risk of not meeting their 2 and 3-year-old communication milestones.

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Your little one has been stuttering for several months

We expect a certain amount of disfluency around three years of age when a little one begins using connected language. In fact, even adults are not fluent all the time! However, you should expect that any disfluency should subside with time. If there is a family history of stuttering or if your little one’s disfluency is growing worse, it may be time to seek professional help. Dysfluency or true stuttering that persists past 6-7 years of age, may become a life-long disorder. It is important to seek early intervention for all communication difficulties. There is a particularly strong evidence base to support early intervention for fluency disorders.

You are the only one who can understand your child’s speech

Speech sound development is a dynamic, ongoing process. A two-year-old should be understood by unfamiliar people 50% of the time, a three-year-old’s speech 75% of the time and a four-year-old’s 90% of the time. By the time a child is five, their speech sound system should be very “adult-like” with only the /r/ and /th/ sounds in error. While certain sounds may be simplified in the toddler years, initial sounds or large portions of words should never be deleted from spoken words (e.g., sun —> _un; monkey —> mo_ey).

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Your little one’s language development has plateaued

Language development begins at birth. Some early milestones may be subtle (for example, orienting toward noise in a room). Language development is an ongoing process and a little one’s first words will typically emerge around the time of their first birthday. From this point, you should see words rapidly emerging. In fact, children will develop many hundreds of words by the time they are two years old. This will allow them to begin combining words (e.g., mummy go! Push big car!). If you feel like your child’s language development has plateaued or even regressed it is time to seek professional support.

Your child experiences difficulty understanding your words and following instructions

Your child’s receptive language (their understanding of language) will also progress through expected developmental stages. When your child is one, they should be able to follow simple, one-step instructions (e.g., where’s Teddy?). At two years, your child should understand many words and should be able to follow two-part instructions (e.g., give me the plate and the spoon). By three years, a child should be able to follow three-part instructions and understand and engage in conversations.

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If you have any concerns about any aspects of your child’s communication development, it is critical to seek professional support. Taking proactive steps can minimise the impacts of difficulties!

For more information on Lauren Crumlish and the services she provides at Speech Clinic, be sure to visit her website, her Facebook or her Instagram accounts. She shares some amazing resources via these sites, including her AH-MAZING Animated Series that has these insightful and creative videos all about early language development and the importance of early interventions for children. I have included one below for your information (but check out the series as she has dedicated videos for 0-12 months and 12-24 months!).

 

This is a sponsored guest post written by Lauren Crumlish of Speech Clinic.

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Getting Toddlers Out And About – Globber EVO 5-in-1

I know I haven’t posted in a while (LIFE, huh?!), so it may come as a surprise to see Starfish walking and talking so much – he’s well and truly a toddler now! And despite all my initial concerns (and comparisons) about him walking later than others, he’s just as active and crazy as the rest now! In fact, I’m finding I need to find more ways to entertain him and get his energy out otherwise he gets bored really quickly.

The easiest way to keep him amused has been to take him out to a park and let him get active. As a 19-month-old, we decided it was time to get him something to use out and about, and I couldn’t have been more excited to try out the Globber Evo 5-in-1 Scooter.

    

The Globber Evo 5-in-1

The Globber Evo 5-in-1 is designed for children 12 months of age and up, making it perfect for Starfish for many years to come. The scooter has a range of amazing features, which includes:

  • It is convertible – it starts as a sit down scooter that can be guided by an adult with a handlebar, then converts into a sit down balance bike controlled by your child, and finally into a conventional scooter for older children.
  • The Evo has a steering lock system to make learning on the scooter safe and practical.
  • The T-Bar handlebar is height adjustable to 3 positions to grow as your child does.
  • The strengthened deck structure has an X-Cross deck design.
  • The Evo comes with durable, dual-injection material handlebar grips for comfort, resistance and practicality.
  • It comes with better braking performance as the rear brake is covered (and the back wheel is preserved).
  • High-quality equipment that are self-assembled.

(For more information visit the Globber website here. RRP $160).

Using the Globber Evo 5-in-1

The first step before using the Evo was, of course, putting it together. This process was relatively easy although there was a part of the instructions that needed some self-interpretation. We set the Globber up to be used for Starfish as a seat with adult assistance as he is still new to using bikes and scooters – and of course, he is still his cautious self and likes to keep mum close!

We couldn’t wait to get the Globber Evo out on the driveway and push Starfish around on it – he was absolutely loving it! It took him a little time to learn that he could put his feet on the little plastic foot rest (rather than dragging his feet along the ground!).

I found it took a little getting used to in trying to steer the Globber Evo, as it does not steer by turning left or right, but rather by veering. Once we got the hang of this, however, Starfish and I were carving up the park footpaths!

The best thing about the Globber Evo 5-in-1 is that it will last him for many years to come, due to its convertible nature and high-quality equipment. This durability means it will also come in handy for any future children that join our tribe.

Are you wanting to get your hands on the Globber Evo 5-in-1 for your child’s birthday or Christmas (or other celebration?) Head over to the Globber website to find out where you can pick one up! (I know Kidstuff stores stock them!)

Kids Decor that you MUST see!

Is it just me, or is there nothing quite as fun after having a baby as decorating their bedroom? (Just me? Okay I thought so!).
Before Starfish was born, I spent way more time than I should have daydreaming about what his room would look like – what theme would we choose, what colours would go inside, etc.

I’ll admit that initially I wanted a car/truck or nautical theme for Starfish’s bedroom – not a dinosaur theme! But when you have a daddy who is in love with Jurassic Park, it’s a bit hard to go any other way!

So off I went in search of dinosaur-themed things to populate our baby’s bedroom. Did you know it’s surprisingly difficult to find dinosaur cot sheets? We instead settled on dinosaur decals along the walls, and a gorgeous crochet dinosaur rug, but I always felt like something was missing. Until we got the best kids decor item for Starfish’s bedroom!      

Kids Deco

I have a gorgeous friend named Natalie who is a professional artist by trade. I first had the privilege of seeing her tremendous talent when she and her husband created a stunning toy box for their daughter. Natalie covered the toy box in Disney characters that looked like printed decals – that’s how realistic her paintings were!

Natalie offered to paint something for Starfish for his bedroom – and to say I was excited is an understatement! She asked what I was looking for, so we decided to choose a picture of Arlo from the Good Dinosaur to match Starfish’s dinosaur theme. Natalie sent through a few images for me to choose from and then went away to work her magic.

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

Natalie works in a range of mediums and offers anything from paper artworks to canvases, and even directly onto furniture or walls. We decided to go with a canvas as I love the ‘art’ feel of a canvas, and it allowed for movement if Starfish ever needed to change bedrooms.

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!
Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!
As you can see, the result is nothing short of a masterpiece! My husband and I can’t get over the amazing detail and remarkable likeness to the original picture. We have been going around showing all our friends and family how great an artist Natalie is!

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

And the best thing is Natalie offers her services to everyone! If you’re looking for that extra piece to brighten up your child’s bedroom, why not contact Natalie through her Facebook page and see if she can bring it to life!

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

(I received this artwork in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own).

Are you looking for a kids decor items for your child's bedroom? Check out this must-see artwork that will inspire your child's new bedroom theme!

Improving Health in 2018 with a Naturopath!

I know I’ve been quiet over the last couple of months – but with the lead up to Christmas, and end of year school things to sort out, life has been pretty hectic! Add to that some health issues I’ve been having and it feels like I’ve had no time for anything.

I’ve had health issues for quite a while now, and so I decided it was time to get it sorted. I’ve seen doctors over the years to help me with my digestive concerns, but I thought it was time to look elsewhere. That’s when I came across Victoria and her business, Victoria Heath (Naturopath).   If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!     

I decided to enlist Victoria’s services to find out the root cause of my health concerns and then work on a solution for them. I went with the Premium Starter Pack, which included the following things:

  • Initial Consultation
  • Follow Up Consultation
  • Testing Day
  • Two phone follow-up consultations
  • Naturopathic physical exam
  • Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis and Report
  • Comprehensive Dietary Analysis & Report
  • A report of findings and recommendations to correct deficiencies

If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!

Starting with a Naturopath

I must admit I didn’t entirely know what to expect with a naturopath (my uneducated mind first thinks ‘hippy’ – how wrong I was!!!), but was pleasantly surprised by the process of the initial consultation.

Victoria was kind, empathetic and passionate about working with me to improve my health. I responded immediately to her disposition – she was very knowledgeable and knew what she was talking about, but was able to describe it to me in a way that showed she cared and understood what I was going through (not condescendingly like some doctors, if you know what I mean?!).

She was also very in-depth in the questions she asked to ascertain my main health concerns – which included stress, sleep-deprivation and anxiety on top of physical symptoms. The initial consultation included the completion of several surveys to help her with her data collection, and referrals for blood tests. Victoria completed a naturopathic physical exam, which included iris, hair, tongue, nails and urinalysis, to further enhance her final results of my overall health.

Despite waiting for a range of results and time to read through my responses, Victoria was very knowledgeable and insightful, giving me some easy, actionable, and realistic steps straight away.

About a week after the initial consultation, Victoria booked a follow-up phone call (approximately 10 minutes) to see how I was going with the steps she gave me at the consultation. I loved this accountability (something I desperately need) and her passion to help me with my health – it is definitely infectious and motivated me to look after myself following my appointments with her!

If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!

Testing Day

On testing day, Victoria completed a few tests at her office to help round out her report of my overall health and future steps. These tests included a blood pressure check, physical examination and Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA). The BIA checks things such as:

  • Muscle vs fat mass
  • Bone mass
  • Hydration
  • Daily calorie expenditure and BMR
  • Metabolic age

These results were also important for my testing as weight loss was something else I wanted to work on with Victoria.

Overall, the range of consultations and tests took about a month and a half to complete, and also included going to my doctor to get the referrals for blood tests. Despite being a bit of a process to complete the different tests, I found the end reporting and information far outweighed any difficulty in chasing all these things up.

If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!

What Victoria Heath’s sessions had to offer

What impressed me most about Victoria’s services was how detailed everything was. She was rigorous in every aspect of testing to ensure she got accurate results about my health, and provided these results in a report for me to take home in my follow-up consultation. She recommended supplements that would help with my deficiencies (damn iron and Vitamin D!), and future steps to work on improving my health, including my sleep, anxiety and stress.

If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!

I am looking forward to continuing my appointments with Victoria to improve my health, as I know she has a full picture of where I currently am and where I need to be because she took the time to invest in me. I already feel like I am going the right direction to meeting my short term and long term goals, and can’t wait to see what my health will look like in 2018 thanks to Victoria!

If you’re experiencing health concerns or want to improve your health in 2018, I highly recommend seeing Victoria Heath. You can visit her website here, or her Facebook and Instagram.

If you're looking to improve your health, read my experience with a naturopath and how I'm ready for 2018!

I received the Premium Starter Pack and a voucher for supplements in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.

Little Toggs UV Combie/Wetsuit Review 2017

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

About the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit – Best Winter Swimsuit

Disclosure: I was provided with the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Cost: $54.95

UPF Rating: 50+

Available Sizes: 1-2 years, 2-4 years, 4-6 years

Note: Some designs only offer certain sizes

Zippers and buttons: Zipper along the back of the wetsuit

Material: 1mm neoprene body combined with smooth nylon/elastane

Washability: Hand rinse

Available Designs: Navy, Garden Birds, Gecko, Pink Blossom, Surfs Up

Other Features:

  • Regulates core temperature
  • Mix of high quality neoprene and nylon lycra panels for high quality protection and flexibility to get on and off
  • Short sleeves

Where you can get it from: Little Toggs Online Store and limited stockists

Websites and Socials: WEBSITE // FACEBOOK // INSTAGRAM

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

Our Review of the Little Toggs UV Combie/Wetsuit:

Size: 1-2 Years (Small, chest 52cm and body 40cm)

Design: Gecko

Design:

The Gecko UV Combie/Wetsuit from Little Toggs has a vibrant blue torso and child-like Gecko panelling. It is designed from a neoprene material to protect the core of the child, while the nylon and elastane panels allow for flexibility in getting the wetsuit off and on. This swimsuit also has a high neckline/collar to protect bub’s neck from the sun. This UV Combie/Wetsuit has a UPF rating of 50+, and apparently the neoprene is a complete sun block (I didn’t know that beforehand!)

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

Practicality:

We loved that the Little Toggs UV Combie/Wetsuit gave Starfish thorough sun protection, particularly with the sun-blocking neoprene material. We also found that the slightly thicker fabric (1mm) would be perfect for the cooler days and months, as it would keep his core warm in the water. For us, this is the perfect winter swimsuit!

The hardest thing about the UV Combie/Wetsuit we found was that due to its thickness, it was a bit harder to put on Starfish. As he’s only just started learning to walk, he isn’t steady enough on his feet to help us with the dressing process by standing while we change him (we are still lying him down) – and it was a bit of an effort to wiggle it up his body! We are looking forward to using it more in a couple of months time when he can be (slightly??) more helpful in the dressing up process.

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

Value:

If you’re a family that loves getting into the water most months of the year (particularly if you have a backyard pool), or you’re wanting to get your kids really familiar with the water, this wetsuit is definitely for you. Designed for older babies and toddlers, it is great for keeping them warm as they explore the water. For a similar price that many regular baby swimsuits are priced at, I think this is great value for money.

Stand out Features:

  • UPF50+ Protection
  • Neoprene (1mm thick) to keep the core warm and as a sun block
  • Nylon/Elastane panels for flexibility in getting the wetsuit on (plus a cute gecko design on the panels!)
  • Great value for money, especially for families constantly around water

Considerations:

  • Can be a bit tricky dressing younger toddlers and babies, as the thick fabric is hard to get on their bodies.

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

Plus, check out the other swimwear in the Baby Swimsuit Review 2017 below!

Are you looking for a swimsuit for your bub this season? Check out this comprehensive review of the Little Toggs UV Combie Wetsuit!

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