MSc. in Speech Pathology, BSc. in Speech & Audio
Developer and Owner of EIC-online
Marinet, originally from South Africa, is a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist with years of experience working in the field of Early Intervention and Special Needs. She has further qualifications in Early Years Montessori, paediatric dysphagia and is trained in Neurodevelopmental/Bobath Therapy.
Hospital and HSE waiting lists for speech and language intervention are long (with up to 23 000 individuals on waiting lists around the country) and resources are limited so children miss out on the important timely early intervention which proves more efficacious if delivered within the critical period of language acquisition (i.e. between the ages of 0 to 5 years).
- These resources aim to give parents the skills to help stimulate their child’s speech and language development.
- The stories were designed by a qualified speech and language therapist and follow the normal language acquisition process of English speaking children.
- The vocabulary selected and age norms are based on documented speech and language research studies.
- The overall goal of this resource is to stimulate learning, literacy and language function.
Who can benefit from
All children can benefit from speech and language stimulation.
Speech and language stimulation is not to accelerate the pace of development of a child, but rather to support their development by teaching specific language structures and vocabulary that can be learned as neuromaturation proceeds.
Like most educational programmes, this resource is thoughtfully and creatively crafted in response to the typical developmental milestones.
Speech and language stimulation is a very important part of traditional speech and language therapy for children at risk of developing speech and language difficulties such as twins, children with hearing impairment and bilingualism.
For children with special needs (such as Autism, Down Syndrome, or Developmental Delay), language stimulation forms part of the formal speech and language intervention they receive from a qualified speech and language pathologist/therapist.