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Building toys are great for promoting creativity and imagination, but they are also great for developing language and communication skills!

🧱 Early words and vocabulary
• When you place a block on top of another, say ‘up’, ‘more’, or ‘on’
• When the tower is built, say ‘ready, steady ... DOWN!’
• You can have possession of the blocks and encourage your child to ask for more by saying ‘more’ or ‘please’

🧱 Basic concepts
• Talk about colours, shapes, sizes and locations

🧱 Social and attention skills
• Spend quality time with your child on the same activity for bonding
• Follow your child’s lead and copy what they are building
• Take turns putting a block on the tower
• Discuss what to build and work together! Could be a house for Peppa Pig, a carriage for a horse, or even a dinosaur

For older kids who outgrow basic blocks/bricks? Try Lego sets!

🧱 Following instructions
• Read the instruction manual together
• Find especially shaped pieces
• Follow the sequence and put the custom set together

What if they get bored of custom sets? Go back to the basics! Build anything in whatever way they want it!

Rachel Tang, Speech and Language Therapist
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Building toys are great for promoting creativity and imagination, but they are also great for developing language and communication skills!

🧱 Early words and vocabulary 
• When you place a block on top of another, say ‘up’, ‘more’, or ‘on’
• When the tower is built, say ‘ready, steady ... DOWN!’
• You can have possession of the blocks and encourage your child to ask for more by saying ‘more’ or ‘please’

🧱 Basic concepts 
• Talk about colours, shapes, sizes and locations

🧱 Social and attention skills
• Spend quality time with your child on the same activity for bonding
• Follow your child’s lead and copy what they are building
• Take turns putting a block on the tower
• Discuss what to build and work together! Could be a house for Peppa Pig, a carriage for a horse, or even a dinosaur

For older kids who outgrow basic blocks/bricks? Try Lego sets!

🧱 Following instructions
• Read the instruction manual together
• Find especially shaped pieces
• Follow the sequence and put the custom set together

What if they get bored of custom sets? Go back to the basics! Build anything in whatever way they want it!

Rachel Tang, Speech and Language Therapist

因應本地疫情擴散,為確保學生及治療師健康安全,本中心之課堂由即日起將暫停至25/7。

治療師會透過網上平台提供言語治療服務。本中心將會聯絡各家長商討有關安排,敬請留意。

本中心亦會緊密留意疫情發展,透過網頁和社交平台公佈最新安排。

如有任何疑問,請以電郵(info@brightentherapy.com) 或WhatsApp (2786 1611) 與我們聯絡。

請大家保持警惕,齊心抗疫!

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the centre will be closed until 25/7 to ensure everyone's health and safety.

Meanwhile, our therapists will be available for speech therapy sessions via online platform. We will contact all parents regarding therapy arrangements shortly.

We will closely monitor the development of COVID-19, and make further announcements through our website and social media.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us through email (info@brightentherapy.com) or Whatsapp (2786 1611).

Stay safe!
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With the current situation of increasing covid-19 cases, our centre will continue to reinforce safety measures for clients arriving at the Centre.

We will ensure the surfaces and materials used during therapy sessions would be sanitized after each use and regularly throughout the day.

If you have had close contact with anyone diagnosed, please let us know ASAP and session will have to be cancelled.
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With the current situation of increasing covid-19 cases, our centre will continue to reinforce safety measures for clients arriving at the Centre. 

We will ensure the surfaces and materials used during therapy sessions would be sanitized after each use and regularly throughout the day. 

If you have had close contact with anyone diagnosed, please let us know ASAP and session will have to be cancelled.

Summer is upon us and so is our summer promotion!
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For those who are interested in speech, language and social classes over this summer break, take advantage of this promo and contact us now!
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#summerclasses #brightentherapy #speechtherapy
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Summer is upon us and so is our summer promotion!
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For those who are interested in speech, language and social classes over this summer break, take advantage of this promo and contact us now!
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#summerclasses #brightentherapy #speechtherapy

What do speech therapists ACTUALLY do? Watch this short video to find out what we do and how we can help! 🙂 ...

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Bubbles can be used to target many language goals! Below are some of my favourite ways of using bubbles:

🔆Preverbal skills
Practice action imitation. Parents can model the below actions for your child to imitate
- clap at the bubbles to make them pop.
- punch the bubbles with fists
- poke the bubbles with pointed index fingers

Encourage eye-contact. Parents can hold the bubbles next to your face and wait for the child to make eye-contact with you before blowing it.

🔆 Learn vocabularies
Bubbles are good for kids to learn verbs, adjectives and short phrases!
- Verbs: open, blow, pop
- Adjectives: big, small, wet, many
- 2-3 word sentences: “blow bubbles”, “I want bubbles”

🔆 Practice speech sounds
- /b/: Say “bubbles” or “blow”
- /p/: Say “pop”
- /m/: Say “more”

Charlene Wong, Speech Therapist
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Bubbles can be used to target many language goals! Below are some of my favourite ways of using bubbles:

🔆Preverbal skills 
Practice action imitation. Parents can model the below actions for your child to imitate
- clap at the bubbles to make them pop.
- punch the bubbles with fists
- poke the bubbles with pointed index fingers

Encourage eye-contact. Parents can hold the bubbles next to your face and wait for the child to make eye-contact with you before blowing it. 

🔆 Learn vocabularies
Bubbles are good for kids to learn verbs, adjectives and short phrases!
- Verbs: open, blow, pop
- Adjectives: big, small, wet, many
- 2-3 word sentences: “blow bubbles”, “I want bubbles”

🔆 Practice speech sounds
- /b/: Say “bubbles” or “blow”
- /p/: Say “pop” 
- /m/: Say “more”

Charlene Wong, Speech Therapist

Research shows that:
🔎 All children are capable of learning MULTIPLE languages, including those with additional learning needs
🔎 Learning 2 languages DOES NOT cause confusion or language delay
🔎 Learning another language STRENGTHENS cognitive abilities

Our advice:
💡 Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking with your child so they can get the best language model
💡 Try to introduce new languages as early as possible
💡 Be consistent with the language strategy you want to adopt, e.g., speaking mainly one language at home
💡 Do not use technology as a mode to teach your child another language. Playing songs and games is beneficial, but solely using them to teach a language is not advised

Learning multiple languages is a fun and exciting way of developing language and also allows children to have more opportunities to communicate within diverse cultures and communities.

Rachel Tang, Speech and Language Therapist
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Research shows that: 
🔎 All children are capable of learning MULTIPLE languages, including those with additional learning needs
🔎 Learning 2 languages DOES NOT cause confusion or language delay 
🔎 Learning another language STRENGTHENS cognitive abilities

Our advice: 
💡 Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking with your child so they can get the best language model
💡 Try to introduce new languages as early as possible
💡 Be consistent with the language strategy you want to adopt, e.g., speaking mainly one language at home
💡 Do not use technology as a mode to teach your child another language. Playing songs and games is beneficial, but solely using them to teach a language is not advised 

Learning multiple languages is a fun and exciting way of developing language and also allows children to have more opportunities to communicate within diverse cultures and communities.

Rachel Tang, Speech and Language Therapist

[What is Teletherapy?]
• An alternative medium where therapists deliver services online via a live video platform
• Allows both parties to interact with each other and with the materials prepared by therapists
• Provides the continuation of your child’s therapy at home or in any quiet environment with good internet connection
• Is fun, exciting, engaging and extremely child-friendly (which child doesn’t like learning on screens?)
• Is as effective as face-to-face therapy according to research!

[Who can benefit from teletherapy?]
• Children who have been receiving face-to-face therapy for speech sounds, language skills, fluency, social communication, etc.
• Parents and caregivers who seek coaching and support

Each child is unique and has different strengths and needs. It would be best to talk to your speech therapist to determine whether teletherapy is suitable for your child.
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The use of 5 senses helps expand vocabulary and can make the new words more memorable!

Orange 🍊: Is round (👁), doesn't make a sound (👂🏻), smells fresh (👃🏻), tastes sweet (👅) and feels cold (✋🏻)

Zoe Lee, Speech-Language Pathologist
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The use of 5 senses helps expand vocabulary and can make the new words more memorable!

Orange 🍊: Is round (👁), doesnt make a sound (👂🏻), smells fresh (👃🏻), tastes sweet (👅) and feels cold (✋🏻)

Zoe Lee, Speech-Language Pathologist

Research indicates that about 20-30% of children who are late to talk (otherwise developing typically) DO NOT grow out of their language delay on their own.

There is currently no way of identifying which Late Talkers will continue to struggle with language development. While 70–80% of Late Talkers may seem to catch up to their peers by the time they start school, they may continue to have subtle difficulties with language and literacy skills.

Our advice:
💡DO NOT go for a ‘wait and see’ approach. It’s NEVER too early to seek help!
💡The earlier a child with delay gets support, the better the outcome will be

Early language intervention makes a big difference to a child who needs it!

Zoe Lee, Speech-Language Pathologist
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Research indicates that about 20-30% of children who are late to talk (otherwise developing typically) DO NOT grow out of their language delay on their own.

There is currently no way of identifying which Late Talkers will continue to struggle with language development. While 70–80% of Late Talkers may seem to catch up to their peers by the time they start school,  they may continue to have subtle difficulties with language and literacy skills. 

Our advice:
💡DO NOT go for a ‘wait and see’ approach. It’s NEVER too early to seek help!
💡The earlier a child with delay gets support, the better the outcome will be

Early language intervention makes a big difference to a child who needs it! 

Zoe Lee, Speech-Language Pathologist

⭐️Research shows that we only use 7% of our communication through words, but 93% through non-verbal communication, e.g., gesture, tone of voice
⭐️Teaching a child the use of gestures or pictures can help eliminate frustrations for your child, as they can use another mode of communication to express their wants and needs
⭐️Using both pictures and sign language will also develop your child’s attention and cognitive skills
⭐️More modes of language input can result in a better chance for your child to learn and take in language

Rachel Tang, Speech and Language Therapist
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⭐️Research shows that we only use 7% of our communication through words, but 93% through non-verbal communication, e.g., gesture, tone of voice 
⭐️Teaching a child the use of gestures or pictures can help eliminate frustrations for your child, as they can use another mode of communication to express their wants and needs
⭐️Using both pictures and sign language will also develop your child’s attention and cognitive skills
⭐️More modes of language input can result in a better chance for your child to learn and take in language

Rachel Tang, Speech and Language Therapist

Toy cars are one of children’s favorite toys! How can they be used to facilitate young children’s language learning?

🔆 Build communication temptation
Put the cars in a zip bag or transparent container that your child cannot reach or open. Have your child make a request to get or open it, which could be a question, a word or a gesture (e.g., pointing)

🔆 Create verbal routines & play with sounds
Parents can model vehicle sounds (e.g., “beep beep”, “vroom vroom”, “honk honk”) and short phrases (e.g., “ready, set, go”, “stop the car”, “push the car”)

🔆 Expand vocabularies
Cars have many associated words that are good for children to learn
- Part/whole relationships: wheels, doors, windows, trunk
- Nouns: types of vehicles (e.g., race car, van, taxi)
- Verbs: go, push, stop
- Adjectives: fast, slow, big, small, red, shiny, clean

🔆 Develop social skills
Playing with 1 car at a time is a great way to learn turn-taking and sharing
- Initiate a turn: Practise saying “Your turn” or passing the toy car to adult
- Wait for turn: Practise waiting while adult takes the turn
- Receive a turn: Practise saying “My turn” or receiving the toy car from adult

Charlene Wong, Speech Therapist
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Toy cars are one of children’s favorite toys! How can they be used to facilitate young children’s language learning?

🔆 Build communication temptation
Put the cars in a zip bag or transparent container that your child cannot reach or open. Have your child make a request to get or open it, which could be a question, a word or a gesture (e.g., pointing)

🔆 Create verbal routines & play with sounds
Parents can model vehicle sounds (e.g., “beep beep”, “vroom vroom”, “honk honk”) and short phrases (e.g., “ready, set, go”, “stop the car”, “push the car”)

🔆 Expand vocabularies
Cars have many associated words that are good for children to learn 
- Part/whole relationships: wheels, doors, windows, trunk
- Nouns: types of vehicles (e.g., race car, van, taxi)
- Verbs: go, push, stop
- Adjectives: fast, slow, big, small, red, shiny, clean

🔆 Develop social skills
Playing with 1 car at a time is a great way to learn turn-taking and sharing
- Initiate a turn: Practise saying “Your turn” or passing the toy car to adult
- Wait for turn: Practise waiting while adult takes the turn
- Receive a turn: Practise saying “My turn” or receiving the toy car from adult

Charlene Wong, Speech Therapist

The first few years of childhood are considered critical window for language development. Specifically, children learn language through social interactions with others. Screen time CANNOT replace the social interactions that are required for language learning and communication. Every minute spent on looking at a screen is a missed opportunity for parent-child interaction!

Our advice:
💡Minimize the use of electronic devices
💡Under 2 years: NO screen time; 2-5 years: Limit screen time to 1 hour/day
💡When screen time is unavoidable (a big IF!), select shows with good language input, watch them together with your child, and talk about them to initiate conversations

Social interactions packed full of quality language input is the key to early language success!

Bonita Yau, Speech Therapist
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The first few years of childhood are considered critical window for language development. Specifically, children learn language through social interactions with others.  Screen time CANNOT replace the social interactions that are required for language learning and communication. Every minute spent on looking at a screen is a missed opportunity for parent-child interaction! 

Our advice:
💡Minimize the use of electronic devices
💡Under 2 years: NO screen time; 2-5 years: Limit screen time to 1 hour/day
💡When screen time is unavoidable (a big IF!), select shows with good language input, watch them together with your child, and talk about them to initiate conversations

Social interactions packed full of quality language input is the key to early language success! 

Bonita Yau, Speech Therapist

We trust you wash your hands regularly, but are you doing it right? 🤔

Make sure you use soap 🧼 and wash:
🙌🏻 Palms
🙌🏻 Back of hands
🙌🏻 Between the fingers
🙌🏻 Thumbs
🙌🏻 Back of fingers
🙌🏻 Wrists

🗣 For young children, have them sing “Happy Birthday” twice (approx. 20 seconds) while washing hands!

#brightentherapy #speechtherapy #personalhygiene #washyourhands
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We trust you wash your hands regularly, but are you doing it right? 🤔

Make sure you use soap 🧼 and wash:
🙌🏻 Palms
🙌🏻 Back of hands
🙌🏻 Between the fingers
🙌🏻 Thumbs
🙌🏻 Back of fingers
🙌🏻 Wrists

🗣 For young children, have them sing “Happy Birthday” twice (approx. 20 seconds) while washing hands!

#brightentherapy #speechtherapy #personalhygiene #washyourhands

因應交通狀況,為確保學生及治療師安全,本中心今日將休息一天 (11月13日),不便之處,敬請原諒。如有任何疑問,請電郵至info@brightentherapy.com 與我們聯絡。

Due to transport situation, the centre will be closed today (Nov 13) to ensure everyone's safety. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@brightentherapy.com.
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因應交通狀況,為確保學生及治療師安全,本中心今日將休息一天 (11月12日),不便之處,敬請原諒。如有任何疑問,請電郵至info@brightentherapy.com 與我們聯絡。

Due to transport situation, the centre will be closed today (Nov 12) to ensure everyone's safety. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@brightentherapy.com.
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What have you been doing all summer? ☀️This July, our busy little bees have been learning all about [WHAT ARE THINGS MADE OF] at the Brighten Summer Program! Look at these candle holders we made out of glass and paper!
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#brightentherapy #summerprogram #literacy #socialskills #schoolreadiness #speechtherapist
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What have you been doing all summer?  ☀️This July, our busy little bees have been learning all about [WHAT ARE THINGS MADE OF] at the Brighten Summer Program! Look at these candle holders we made out of glass and paper! 
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#brightentherapy #summerprogram #literacy #socialskills #schoolreadiness #speechtherapist

☀️ Summer is around the corner, but DONUT worry! 🍩The Brighten team has created a summer program packed full of fun! ⛱ ...

☀️ Summer is around the corner, but DONUT worry! 🍩The Brighten team has created a summer program packed full of fun! ⛱

Learning Math concepts might not be easy!

Numicon is a research-based, structured and hands-on approach. It uses shapes and counters to help kindergarten and primary school children understand the meaning of numbers, make connections during calculations, and reason during problem-solving activities.

Contact us at 2786-1611 to find out more about our classes!

Why Numicon? www.numicon.co.nz/page/489239
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Wrapped up “Superhero Training Week” with a superhero-inspired treat!
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#brightentherapy #aboutthissummer #socialgroup #superhero #bakingsession
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Wrapped up “Superhero Training Week” with a superhero-inspired treat! 
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#brightentherapy #aboutthissummer #socialgroup #superhero #bakingsession

Making “Friends’ Profiles” for our new friends at summer camp. #brightentherapy #aboutthissummer #socialgroup #buildingfriendships ...

Making “Friends’ Profiles” for our new friends at summer camp. #brightentherapy #aboutthissummer #socialgroup #buildingfriendships

🌧 The sound of raindrops hitting the window pane can be so calming, just like the calming bottles we have been making in our social groups!
#brightentherapy #socialgroup #diyprojects #rainyday #staydrymyfriends
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🌧 The sound of raindrops hitting the window pane can be so calming, just like the calming bottles we have been making in our social groups! 
#brightentherapy #socialgroup #diyprojects #rainyday #staydrymyfriends

Whale whale whale, summer programs are out! 🐳🐳🐳
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Get ready for K2/Y1 with our SEN teachers and Speech Therapists WHILE having fun! 🏫
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Fall in love with reading with our Literacy Club! 📚
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Make new friends and learn social skills with our Social Language Groups! 👋🏻
#brightentherapy #summerfun #comejoinus
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Whale whale whale, summer programs are out! 🐳🐳🐳
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Get ready for K2/Y1 with our SEN teachers and Speech Therapists WHILE having fun! 🏫
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Fall in love with reading with our Literacy Club! 📚
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Make new friends and learn social skills with our Social Language Groups! 👋🏻
#brightentherapy #summerfun #comejoinus

The weather may have been gloomy lately, but it doesn’t stop us from having fun inside! ☔️
[Learning to follow instructions with Ms Dorcas in our Social Language Group]
#aprilshowersbringmayflowers #socialskillsgroup #brightentherapy
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The weather may have been gloomy lately, but it doesn’t stop us from having fun inside! ☔️
[Learning to follow instructions with Ms Dorcas in our Social Language Group] 
#aprilshowersbringmayflowers #socialskillsgroup #brightentherapy

Thank you everyone for coming to our 2-year “birthday party” yesterday! We wanted to make this celebration extra special by raising awareness for the ASD community! Hope everyone enjoyed the movie and continue to learn more about Autism over Autism Awareness Month (April)! 💙💙💙 多謝大家支持我們昨天的兩週年慶典活動—「黃金花」預映優先場! 我們希望藉著這次活動讓大家更了解自閉症,令香港自閉症家庭感受到多一點鼓勵及多一點關懷。
#lightitupblue #april #autismawarenessmonth #brightentherapy
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Thank you everyone for coming to our 2-year “birthday party” yesterday! We wanted to make this celebration extra special by raising awareness for the ASD community! Hope everyone enjoyed the movie and continue to learn more about Autism over Autism Awareness Month (April)! 💙💙💙 多謝大家支持我們昨天的兩週年慶典活動—「黃金花」預映優先場! 我們希望藉著這次活動讓大家更了解自閉症,令香港自閉症家庭感受到多一點鼓勵及多一點關懷。 
#lightitupblue #april #autismawarenessmonth #brightentherapy