About Kids Speech Matters

Kids Speech Matters is written by Sandra Ahlquist and tells her story of the journey with her son who has a severe language disorder and auditory processing disorder.

It takes you right back to the beginning and the milestones along the way.

The book works through the emotional journey of the medical results, early intervention, preschool years, specialist testing and the early primary school years. Where her son was found to have a learning disability and how they have navigated through the education system.

Sandra shares the insights gained, what strategies they have used, and the ups and downs during the primary school years.

The book has been written to empower parents/carers/teachers but also to give them hope.

That they can take what they have read and be the very best advocate for their children and talk about their children’s learning disabilities, not feel alone and feel confident they will develop, grow and learn.

Her son was diagnosised with a severe language delay and both his expressive and receptive language skills are poor for his age.  He had a standard IQ so the frustration for him not being able to express himself or understand complex language as he travels through his school years has led to severe anxiety.

He has come a long way and still works with his learning disability but as a family they have searched for alternative therapies plus the usual speech pathology and occupational therapy and he is a happy and confident boy.  Not the anxious child he once was when the school environment was more than he could cope with.   The right school is so important for your child. The right attitude is most important for your child.

Kids Speech Matters will explain how as a team with school, specialists and home support Sandra’s son Luca has reached goals even most recently hosting at school assembly on the microphone to playing sports and being a good friend and gaining great life skills in leadership.

This book most importantly is written also for parents who may be feeling daunted by the long road ahead or the unknown road and feel quite alone as it’s not a table discussion when out with friends and wondering that maybe only they feel like this.

Well you are not alone and give you the hope you need  this book will empower and help you to embrace the challenges ahead and you will see results 😉

Check out the Book Trailer here:

Kids Speech Matters Language Delay Auditory Processing Disorder Learning Disabilities Our Journey


Reviews and Recommendations:

“Sandra is a parent expert on venturing through the education minefield in terms of identifying appropriate schooling (knowing what sort of programs to be looking for), adapting learning strategies for personal use and has a well rounded knowledge base of the roles of different professionals. She knows what questions need to be asked when seeking services or schooling and the importance of linking services to form a team in supporting children.

Sandra’s initiation of the Language Delay Network is wonderful to help parents connect and learn about their children who experience language delays and disorders.” November 22, 2011

Liz Murray

Principal Speech Pathologist, Communicate It Speech Pathology Services Pty Ltd


I’m a mum with a 10 year old daughter who has Auditory Processing Disorder, I enjoyed reading Sandra’s book, it was at times like looking into a mirror, its interesting to read it from someone else’s point of view and to realise we are not alone, that others have gone through similar struggles especially with the education system.
I wish Sandra all the best with her book, she has bought great insight and understanding to those of us living with invisible disabilities every day.
Nancy Outten – Parent Australia



Download electronic version of the book

$7.50 AUD



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