Natalie Barnes

Cape Town, South Africa

Speech Therapist and Audiologist

I’m a Speech Therapist and Audiologist from Johannesburg, South Africa. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in both medical and educational environments in my career, but I have found my passion in pediatric speech therapy and working with children. School-age language and literacy are my specialties, and I love working on auditory processing and phonological awareness in young children. I practice what I preach and am an avid reader and writer as well. I have my own practice, but I also work on-site at several schools and am always happy and willing to help where I can. Please feel free to contact me at any time!

Natalie Barnes's Articles
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Your Non-verbal Child: How to Set Communication Goals

Having a non-verbal child isn’t easy. Even knowing what a child’s communication development stages are is a lot of work. Not to mention learning to…

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Typical Speech Development: Vocabulary Milestones by Months

One of these words is “semantics,” which is merely technical jargon for “vocabulary.” But, what exactly is vocabulary?  Vocabulary refers to the set of words…

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Executive Function Disorder - What It Is and How to Help

We use executive functioning skills and methods every day to plan, organize, strategize, memorize, and pay attention so that we can: Make plans Keep track…

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Speech and Language: An Audiologist’s Perspective

Even though speech therapists and audiologists certainly fulfill different roles, they often work closely together to track your child’s progress and make adjustments to their…

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“Baby Talk,” Helpful or a Hindrance?

The reason for this debate, and all the ongoing research, is that speech and language are crucial skills that children begin to learn from infancy….

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Setting Realistic Therapy Goals

This is especially true if you are collaborating with your child’s speech therapist, as it will allow you to monitor your child closely so that…

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What is My Baby Trying to Say When She Smiles or Cries?

Smiling isn’t merely “cute,” and crying isn’t necessarily something that only has negative connotations associated with it. Your baby uses these two fundamental mechanisms of…

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Involve Your Family in Your Child’s Speech Development

Speech therapy is never done inside a vacuum. Besides contacting a speech and language pathologist (SLP), it takes a village to help your child through…

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Bilingual Therapy and How Speech Blubs Can Help

Being a Speech Therapist in South Africa, I’ve had to overcome many challenges when providing therapy to almost every child I’ve seen. South Africa has…

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Household Activities as Speech Therapy: Fruit Salad

At-home speech therapy activities? What does this mean exactly? When can you do it at home, and what activities are best? Does cooking with children count?…

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Turn Household Activities into Speech Therapy: Bathtime

Everyday household tasks or chores can become productive therapy opportunities if you know how to utilize them. For this blog post, I’m going to show…

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Smart Screen Time for Super Speech Skills

After only a couple of unguided screen time interactions, they find themselves living in a digital fantasy, unable to make meaningful connections with other people, and…

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R Sound Speech Therapy Ideas for Home

In fact, the R sound can be so tricky to pronounce that it is one of the last sounds to be mastered. Kids begin to…

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6 Stages of Play in Kids (and Play Ideas for Each Stage)

Jump to the second part of the blog, if you are searching for some practical advice, how to plan your toddler activities according to their…

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A Case Study: TV was the Problem All Along

In March 2019, I received a referral for a three-year-old boy. His teacher was concerned with his speech and language development. I spoke to his…

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How to Use Speech Blubs: Tips from Speech Therapists

We’ve gathered a ton of feedback and collected a bunch of tips on how to use the app effectively along the way. The following ideas come…