Speech: We complete an assessment of the speech sounds heard in a number of words. We then look at those sounds to figure out which are developmentally appropriate for children, and which of them need to be treated. We complete a differential diagnosis of the type of speech sound difficulty a child is having, before coming up with a treatment plan with the family.
For adults experiencing speech difficulties, we can similarly assess and then provide treatment and strategies to improve overall intelligibility of speech.
Language: This includes the ability to comprehend and use language. Depending on your or your child's age and abilities, your therapist may choose to do a formal assessment of language skills or a more natural and play based observation of abilities. Or they may decide to do a mix of both.
Language therapy can involve a range of drill and worksheet based exercises as well as play based and functional treatment options to improve your ability to use and understand language in everyday situations.
Literacy: Speech Pathologists have a key role in assessing reading and spelling skills. We will choose from a variety of assessments to look at a child's phonological awareness, sound/letter skills, segmenting, blending and reading comprehension to figure out where a child's break down may be. We also look at language skills to investigate whether vocabulary and other language factors are contributing to the literacy difficulties.
We use phonics based systems to target literacy and improve a child's love of and confidence with reading.
Voice: Voice therapy refers to the treatment of vocal disorders causing hoarseness, vocal straining or loss, and breathiness or difficulties projecting your voice. This can be a result of strained vocal folds, nodules, oedema and a number of other factors.
Voice therapy can be fun and involves lots of strange and funny noises to reduce tension, improve breath support and the quality of the voice. This is not only for professional voice users, but can affect many everyday people as well.
Fluency: Is another name for stuttering. Our clinic provides assessment and treatment of early fluency difficulties, mainly using the Lidcombe Program to help support these clients.
Our treatment requires a high level of parent engagement and involvement and a strong commitment to attend sessions and complete homework.
Dysphagia: This refers to difficulties with eating and drinking and can affect adults and children.
We can assess for oropharyngeal dysphagia (difficulties at the mouth or throat level), as well as providing support for some behavioural difficulties associated with dysphagia.