Speech Therapy
Strengthening communication

Speech Therapists help children who have challenges with being understood, speaking to others, using the right type of language in social situations, or who have difficulty with feeding and swallowing.

HOW WE CAN HELP

Our Speech Therapists see children from 12 months to 18 years who have difficulties with:

  • Language development (understanding and speaking)
  • Speech development (articulation, stuttering, dyspraxia)
  • Connecting and relating to others
  • Auditory processing
  • Literacy (reading and writing)
  • Voice (quality, loudness and awareness of voice use)
  • Social communication (eg. greetings, making friends, social interactions)
  • Swallowing/eating or drinking (eg. fussy eaters, limited food choices, difficulty eating)

Our Speech Therapists are skilled in understanding how sensory integration difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety, lack of social confidence, ADHD/ADD, visual processing difficulties, family history, personality and hearing difficulties can have an impact on communication.

IS MY CHILD HAVING DIFFICULTY COMMUNICATING?

Every child is different but there are a number of key signs that indicate your child may benefit from speech therapy. These include:

  • Frustration
  • Withdrawal from social situations
  • Attention or concentration difficulties
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Difficulties following directions
  • Difficulties with using the correct grammar or words in a sentence
  • Using made-up words (jargon)
  • Difficulties in the classroom with listening and completing tasks
  • Difficulties with reading or writing (making up words, skipping words, mispronouncing, guessing, not liking to read)
  • Echoing language (repeating back rather than answering a question)
  • Difficulties with making friends

 

DO I NEED A REFERRAL?

No referral is needed to see a Speech Therapist. Simply contact our admin team to make an appointment.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Book in to see one of our friendly Speech Therapists. Speech Therapists are the best people to assess your child’s communication or swallowing and they will be able to identify any concerns and help organise therapy sessions to suit your child’s needs. It is important that you see a Speech Therapist as soon as you have any concerns, as the earlier you start therapy, the better the outcomes.

 

THERAPY TECHNIQUES

Our Speech Therapists use a wide range of personally tailored therapy techniques including the Floortime model. Floortime is a therapy approach that focuses on joining children in activities that they enjoy and builds upon their strengths through warm and engaging exchanges. These exchanges encourage communication, connection and emotion. They challenge children to be creative, spontaneous and to push the boundaries to further explore and understand their world – thus strengthening emotional and intellectual growth.

We are also trained in Hanen, Lidcombe Program, THRASS, Social Stories and SOS Feeding.