Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology (or Speech Therapy) is a health profession that assists in the assessment and treatment of children who have difficulty communicating effectively or who have difficulty with feeding and swallowing. Speech Pathologists can assist with; Language Development (understanding and using words), Speech Development (speech sounds, articulation, motor planning/childhood apraxia of speech, Auditory Processing, Literacy (reading and writing), Voice (pitch, quality, loudness etc.), Social Skills (understanding and using social language, socially appropriate behaviour, making friends), Stuttering and Swallowing or Eating. Speech pathologists can also assist nonverbal children to communicate using other methods of communication, such as assistive devices or key word sign. Speech Pathologists are skilled in identifying the influences impacting on a child’s ability to effectively communicate and providing them with the skills to understand and express themselves effectively. At Family Time we can provide you with education about how to support your child’s communication skills.

If your child has difficulty with any of the following they can benefit from Speech Therapy:

  • Frustration or withdrawal from social situations
  • Attention difficulties
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Difficulty speaking clearly
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Difficulties finding the words to express themselves
  • Difficulties 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
  • Echoing language (repeating back rather than answering a questions)
  • Difficulties with making friends