Speech Therapy for Children

Speech Therapy for Children

Speech Pathology for Children

Speech Therapy for Children

Expressive and Receptive language refers to the way we use and understand language to communicate effectively. We offer professional Speech Therapy for Children.

When to Refer?

Concerns with your child’s language will vary depending on their age, but may be indicated by:

  • Only using single words, or having a limited vocabulary by 2 years of age
  • Not using sentences appropriate in length for their age
  • Difficulties finding the ‘right’ word
  • Difficulties putting words together to express a thought or idea
  • Difficulties in being understood by others
  • Difficulties understanding and following an instruction
  • Requiring repetition and additional support (i.e pointing, showing) to complete a task
  • Difficulties listening and responding

Stuttering is a disorder whereby the flow of speech is interrupted.

Stuttering is a disorder whereby the flow of speech is interrupted. There are different types of stutters, including the repetition of a sound (i.e “b-b-b-b-but l want the ball”), repetition of a syllable (i.e ”I want to read the “ca-ca-ca-caterpillar book”), repetition of a word (i.e “can-can-can-can l have a turn?”), or repetition of a phrase (i.e “ I want-l want-I want-I want to go to the park”). Other types of stutters include prolongations, where a sound is stretched in a word (i.e. “I don’t wa-a-a-a-a-a-ant to go”) and blockage, where there is a stoppage of airflow and your child is unable to make any sounds at all.

When to Refer?

Concerns with your child’s fluency will vary, but may be indicated if:

Your child has been stuttering for more than 6 months – When you notice disfluencies in your child’s speech, although the Speech Pathologist may choose to wait 6 months prior to providing intervention, as some children naturally recover.
The stuttering is causing distress and frustration to your child
It is impacting on your child’s social functioning (i.e. your child is being teased by other children, or your child may avoid talking situations)

The Speech & OT Centre Services is a Paediatric service supporting children with their communication difficulties. Our vision is to deliver a culturally diverse, family centred service, incorporating evidence based practice, to work with your child’s strengths in order to empower you and give you a sense of ownership in your child’s learning and development.
Our Speech Pathologists can provide services in Arabic and English.

Articulation refers to how we use our tongue, teeth, lips and jaw to produce speech sounds.

Articulation refers to how we use our tongue, teeth, lips and jaw to produce speech sounds. Children will produce errors in their speech sounds at different points throughout their speech development, as different sounds are produced at different ages. A speech delay occurs when a child continues to produce these errors past the age expected.

When to Refer?

Concerns with your child’s speech will vary depending on their age, but may be indicated by:

  • Unclear speech
  • Difficulties being understood by others
  • Sound substitutions i.e ‘cat’ is produced as ‘tat’, or ‘fish’ is produced as ‘pish’
  • Dropping sounds off words
  • Lisp i.e ‘sun’ is pronounced as ‘thun’

 

Contact us today if you have you need Speech Therapy for Children.

The Speech & OT Centre is a Paediatric service supporting Speech Therapy for children with their communication difficulties. Our vision is to deliver a culturally diverse, family centred service, incorporating evidence based practice, to work with your child’s strengths in order to empower you and give you a sense of ownership in your child’s learning and development.

Our therapists can provide services in Arabic, Cantonese and Mandarin.