Communication is key.
Speech pathologists work with children who have difficulty being understood, speaking to others, using appropriate language and play in social situations, or who have difficulty with listening or feeding.
Our speech pathologists work with children from 12 months to 18 years who have difficulty with:
- Speech development (articulation, dyspraxia, stuttering)
- Language development (understanding and comprehension, and speaking and explaining)
- Auditory processing
- Phonological awareness (ability to understand that words are made up of sounds)
- Literacy (reading and writing skills)
- Feeding and eating (fussy eaters, limited food choices)
- Connecting and playing with others
- Social communications (greetings, social interations, making and keeping friends)
The speech pathologists at Inner West Paediatrics understand that communication does not exist in a vacuum, and is impacted by a range of factors.
Our therapists are skilled in understanding how Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD/ADD, social ability, sensory processing difficulties, personality and hearing difficulties can have an impact on communication.
How do I know if my child is having trouble communicating?
No two children are the same or can be compared, however there are a number of key signs that indicate speech therapy may be of benefit for your child. These include:
- Not meeting developmental milestones
- Difficulty paying attention or concentrating
- Behavioural issues or difficulties
- Using made up words or ‘chatter’ (jargon)
- Difficulty following instructions or directions
- Difficulty speaking clearly or being understood
- Echoing language or repeating back what is said (echolalia)
- Difficulty making friends, withdrawing from social situations
- Difficulty in the classroom with listening, following instructions or completing tasks
- Difficulty answering questions or understanding stories
- Attention or concentration difficulties
- Difficulties with using the correct grammar or words in a sentence
- Difficulties with reading or writing (making up words, skipping words, mispronouncing, guessing, not liking to read)
- Difficulties with making friends or withdrawing from social situations
Do I Need a Referral?
No referral is needed to see a Speech Pathologist. Simply contact our office to make an appointment.
Our Speech Pathologists have experience using a wide range of therapy techniques and tailor their approach to best suit your needs. As well as being fully qualified and accredited, our therapists have specialised training and experience in the following:
- Hanen Programs (It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words)
- PROMPT – PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets
- DIR Floortime principles
- PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System
- Key Word Sign
- SOS Feeding Approach