Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology provides children with the ability to communicate their needs and wants to teachers, parents and peers as well as understand what others have to say to them.

Why Speech Pathology?

The role of a Speech Pathologist is to provide children with the ability to communicate their needs and wants to teachers, parents and peers as well as understand what others have to say to them. For each child, this looks very different. Our Speech Pathologists specialise in creating tailored strategies that integrate your child’s interests with evidence-based treatment approaches.

We assess a child in multiple areas such as their speaking, understanding, voice quality, social skills, and fluency against age-appropriate development. We then create strategies to help your child develop in the areas they need support. Our goal is to ensure that your child is able to engage and function effectively in their community, with their family and friends, as well as at school.

How we help

Psycholinguistic Approach

Investigates the root cause of a child’s speech, language, or literacy difficulty by accounting for the organisation of sounds and words within the child’s language-producing system (e.g. is the word/speech sound stored correctly? Is the child hearing the difference between 2 speech sounds?) The model utilises the child’s strengths as a basis for therapy.

Cycles Approach

Mirrors natural speech development in young children where easier words and sounds are typically mastered first. Error patterns occur when a child is first developing their speech sounds. These patterns are typical until certain ages (e.g. substituting the ‘r’ sound to ‘w’ sound is typical only until the age of 5-6yrs). This approach is practiced when a child presents with multiple speech error patterns, targeting 1 error for a short amount of time and then cycling through the next (e.g. in 6 week blocks). The cycle continues until all errors are eliminated.

Focused Stimulation Approach

Choosing a target word and incorporating it in a range of conversations, verbal productions, and phrases repetitively. This repetition enables the child to recognise how the word can be applied and used in various contexts, facilitating their language production.

Whole Language Approach

Looks at words as whole entities of language for improved comprehension. It views all the elements that make up a word (e.g. sounds, spelling, contexts, etc) as 1 piece of meaningful text. This approach involves conversational based techniques such as scaffolding narratives and focused stimulation.

Hanen Approach

A family centred approach that looks at language development from a social interactions perspective. The approach is founded on parents being actively involved in intervention and that communication is elicited in natural environments whilst interacting with others, as that provides the best learning opportunity for a child.

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What to expect

Is it dated in the last 12 months? If yes, we can start services!

Once you have completed our phone intake and online processes, a Speech Pathologist will evaluate your needs.
The following might occur:

  1. Speech Pathologist is available to start with my family straight away. We will call, offer you times and book you in!
  2. Your child’s needs are deemed suitable for a therapy assistant. We will call, book in a one off appointment and a parent consult with a Speech Pathologist. This enables us to answer your questions, set goals and establish a plan. A plan is written, and an appointment with a trained therapy assistant is booked in.
  3. We place you on our on-going appointments waitlist. We log all your information, and we will call you once a suitable time opens up with one of our Speech Pathologists or Therapy Assistants

Firstly, we will need a little more information about you and your child. You will then be provided links to online intake forms and documents we need signed before commencing services. All information is kept confidential!

Your child’s case will be screened and triaged by a Speech Pathologist and placed on a waiting list. The faster you return the paperwork, the higher on the list you will be placed!

Once a spot is available, we will contact you and book in a time. A non-refundable deposit is required at this time, and we will talk you through payment options further. Once booked, just turn up about 10mins before your session time to settle in and get ready.

About My Child’s Assessment 

At Spring Forward Family Centre, we offer comprehensive Speech Pathology Assessments that are targeted towards investigating your child’s current levels. 

The assessments covers areas such as:

  • Speaking (expressive language)
  • Understanding (receptive language)
  • Speech sounds and intelligibility
  • Articulation (formation and production of sounds)
  • Fluency
  • Voice quality
  • Reading and writing
  • Social Skills

A Speech Pathology Assessment is typically a fun experience for your child as many of the assessments are completed in a playful and engaging manner. Parents are welcome to attend the Assessment if they wish.

If this is the case, one of our fun and skill targeted groups or programs are exactly what you need. 

Our trained therapy assistants who facilitate these groups are either trained in early childhood development or studying to be an allied health professional. They can screen and raise any concerns with our treating Speech Pathology team. If concerns exist, then we can advise you on the next best steps!

Once assessed, we will:

  1. Complete your report, and send you a copy.
  2. Book in a parent consult This enables us to answer your questions, discuss the results, set goals and make plans for your child.
  3. Book in sessions! Your Speech Pathohlogist can discuss these options with you and recommend the most appropriate therapy format based on your child’s goals and needs. 

Our therapy options include, but are not limited to:

  • 1:1 Speech Pathology sessions
  • Speech Pathology Peer sessions
  • Speech Pathology Assistant sessions
  • Group Programs
  • Therapy Intensives
  • Home Programs
  • Parent Education, Training and consultation appointments
  • Sound Therapy Programs (Tomatis and Therapeutic Listening)

Groups and Programs

Group Programs are a great way to work on a specific set of skills in a social setting with peers of a similar age and skill level.

Groups are allocated based on need. NDIS funded and diagnosed children with developmental or behavioural challenges are in small groups. Private clients, with specific concerns or challenges who participate positively in a mainstream classroom are in larger groups.

Some popular Speech Pathology specific groups include:

  • Interactive Reading

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