The ability to communicate is essential for children to develop and maintain relationships and progress through their school years.
Speech Pathologists work with children to improve their speech and language abilities.
- Understanding what has been said
- Following instructions
- Learning and using vocabulary (words)
- Using grammatical sentences
- Sequencing ideas
- Pronouncing words correctly
- Literacy skills
What can I expect from a Speech Pathology assessment?
A Speech Pathologist will usually start with an assessment of a child’s communication skills. This will involve a combination of informal observation and structured tests and may take up to one and a half hours.
The results will be discussed with the parents or caregivers, and followed up with a written report, and a plan that best meets the child’s needs. The plan may involve therapy and/or liaison with pre-school teachers, school teachers and other relevant professionals.
What can I expect from therapy?
Therapy, if appropriate, can take place weekly or fortnightly. It may be provided at the Clinic or at preschool/school. Some children work through a program at home. Whatever the frequency or location, therapy works towards clear and achievable goals.
Assessment by a Speech Pathologist is recommended if a child..
- Is not babbling or making eye-contact at early stages
- Has not begun using single words by the age of 18 months
- Is not using two word sentences by the age of 2 years
- Cannot be easily understood by the age of 3 years
- Is 4 years old and using poorly structured sentences
- Is 5 years old and having difficulty pronouncing sounds, following instructions or using correct grammatical structures
- Is at school and is having difficulty with reading, spelling and written language
- Stutters (repeats, prolongs and/or hesitates when speaking)
- Has voice difficulties
- Has Autism Spectrum Disorder