Childhood Dysfluency: Myths and Facts

When I hear a parent ask, “My child has started stuttering/stammering; I am really worried. What should I do?”, I immediately focus on reassuring with information and advice. I focus on providing lots of helpful reassuring information with practical advice and tips....

Speech Sound Development: Ages and Stages

The development of speech sounds starts very early, even  before birth.  Babies in the womb learn to tune into voices and can even recognise their mother’s voice from birth.  They will be listening to the speech sounds of their native language from birth and...

Music and Speech & Language Development

People often ask about the link between music and speech and language development.  The answer to the question lies in neuroscience.  Research has found that both language and music are processed in the left hemisphere and more specifically, the same areas of the...

Babywearing and Communication

I have been wanting to write about this topic for a while because it is something very close to my heart that I am truly passionate about.  As some of you may know I am an enthusiastic babywearer.  I fell into it almost by accident.  I found babywearing because my...

How Babies Communicate: The Importance of Attachment

Why do babies cry? There are so many responses to that question. So many I’ve heard are along the lines of….babies need to cry to exercise their lungs, it doesn’t mean they’re hungry/sad/need anything, sometimes they cry for no reason. Babies...

The Screen Time Dilemma

There was an article I read yesterday about a study of screen time and its affect on language development.  Check out the article here for more information: screen-time-speech-delays-study.  The more we use technology in this digital era, the more some of us are...

The Orchid Practice Blog: Official Launch

Welcome to our first official blog post.  This idea has been a long time in the making, and today it begins.  We are excited to be able to share some of our success stories and thoughts on current research related to speech, language and communication. It will be a...