Speech Pathology

placeholder-playdohCommunication is a critical skill for all children. It lays the foundation for playing, learning, and making friends. It is a skill that your child will use throughout their entire life. Early identification and intervention for speech, language or learning difficulties can make a world of difference to a child.  The team of Speech Pathologists at OneOnOne Children’s Therapy bring a wide range of expertise and experience. Our goal is to have your child communicating effectively across all environments.

Our Speech Pathologists work with children who may need help in many areas. This includes:

  • speech
  • language
  • reading
  • written expression
  • social skills
  • feeding

Our Speech Pathologists work with children who have many different issues. Some children may have a specific diagnosis such as:

  • autism spectrum disorder
  • global developmental delay
  • specific learning disability (also known as dyslexia)
  • developmental language disorder
  • childhood apraxia of speech
  • avoidant and restrictive food intake disorder

Other children just need  bit of help in one area of development or learning.

Speech Pathology Assessments

Our assessment of your child is carried out in a relaxed, fun-filled environment.  Our assessment can cover:

  • listening and attention
  • receptive and expressive language skills
  • play skills (especially important in young children)
  • speech sound development
  • feeding
  • social skills
  • literacy and written expression

We  use tests that are either standardised or norm-referenced. At the end of the assessment we will discuss with you the outcomes of the assessment and make recommendations depending on the strengths and weakness of your child’s communication development or learning ability.

Planning for therapy is based on the therapist’s assessment and the parents’ main concerns.  We develop achievable goals for your child and set up therapy sessions to fit with the family timetable.

Speech Pathology Intervention

Therapy sessions are strongly focused fun activities that very specifically target intervention gaols. When children are enjoying the activity they are doing, then they learn better. There is close involvement with family members and awareness of the needs of the child across the home and other environments.

Individual sessions are usually once a week, but this is dependent on the needs of your child. Individual Speech Pathology sessions are usually 45 minutes to one hour in length. Your child will have specific goals that intervention will address. We track these goals and can show you your child’s progress after every session. It is ideal if activities are followed through at home, and we will work with each family to achieve this.

With your permission we keep in contact with teachers and other professionals who may be working with your child.