Laura Newman MSc Blog

Speech Therapist Child Behaviour Specialist

When a Parent is Born

WHEN YOUR CHILD IS BORN, AND FROM WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT, SOMETHING CHANGES INSIDE YOU You cross a threshold and you enter a new world…the world of the parent. You go through a right of passage with the birth of your child. There’s no going back, there is only forward...

Taking Yourself Less Seriously

Becoming a parent is a very personal process. It can be painful at times and you sometimes wonder why you do it. But the rewards you receive from your children hit that sweet spot in you and bring you joy that permeates through every cell of your body. Engaging in the...

The Other Side of Patience

When you’re in a storm with your children it’s hard to see the other side. Your children are bickering or demanding your attention, and a myriad of behaviours that send you into a state of stress. How can you see clearly? How can you make sense of their behaviour? Why...

You Can’t ‘Teach’ a Child to be Good

Parenting is a set of skills that needs practise. A recipe for successful parenting includes a large spoon of ‘good’ information, a cup of clear goals, put into a mixing bowl of a culturally-supportive environment. Children are like seeds in a garden; naturally...

Interview with Laura from Connected Child

Laura Newman is a Speech Therapist and Child Behaviour Specialist who set up Connected Child in Portugal one year ago. Connected Child is an independent family support service that is aimed at supporting and empowering parents to raise their children to reach their...

Is a Parent Consultation for you?

Normally we seek expert advice when we need something done or changed for which we don't have the skills, like buying a house or medical treatment. Otherwise, we often ask our friends/family, Facebook friends or Google. With regard to the subject of parenting, when we...

Parenting Solutions to Rude Behaviour

Rude Behaviour: How to Solve It Many parents complain about disrespectful behaviour from their children. Backchat, sarcasm, bad manners, swearing and cheekiness can be frustrating and difficult to handle. Here’s a new way to look at it and the solution is obvious. 1....

When It’s Time to Call a Speech Therapist

Communication difficulties in children are often missed or ignored as there is a lot of pressure to achieve academic success and, unless it’s really obvious, parents and teachers assume it will just go away. In fact, in most cases children do grow out of their...

Does your child have the “Homework Blues”?

For most school-age children, homework starts in their early years and gradually builds; as it does so, frustration can build too, for both children and parents, causing arguments and worse. Personally, I think primary children should be “maxing out” on fresh air,...