Services for Children
South Metro Speech Pathology can support your child between the ages of 0-18 who has speech, language and/or communication difficulties due to the following causes:
- Articulation and Phonological Delay / Disorder
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Attention Deficit/ Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) / Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Comprehension Difficulties/ Receptive Language Delay or Disorder
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech / Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
- Expressive Language Delay/ Disorder
- Down Syndrome
- Global Developmental Delay (GDD)
- Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Disability
- Phonological Awareness Difficulties / Early Literacy Difficulties
- Specific Language Impairment
- Social communication Disorders
If you are unsure about whether your child may be having any of the difficulties above, our team will gladly speak with you regarding your concerns. Our paediatric speech pathologists are experienced in providing personalised therapy to support your child's needs at every life stage. We believe that multidisciplinary collaboration with family, teachers and other allied health professionals is essential in ensuring that your child's therapy journey is holistic. Every session with your child is aimed at providing fun, enjoyable and relevant learning.
Before commencing therapy, your child will have to be assessed in order for his/her speech pathologist to:
- Get to know you and your child
- Evaluate your child’s communication strengths and difficulties
- Find out what your goals are and discuss therapy options
Depending on the needs of your child, an assessment may take 1-2 sessions and will involve formal and/or informal assessments in the form of standardised assessments, interview, observation of play and communication, structured tests as well as speech and language sample analyses.
Following assessment, your child’s needs will be identified and therapy goals will be set in collaboration with parents. These goals will be revisited after a period of therapy to ensure that goals are always achievable and relevant to you and your child. Therapy sessions are mostly provided in a one-to- one setting with your child and his/her speech pathologist. Group therapy may be suggested if your child is likely to benefit from peer-learning and generalisation of goals in group-based activities. As much as possible, your presence and involvement is highly encouraged to ensure that therapy continues even after your child leaves the clinic.
Specialized Therapy Programs
The following therapy programs are available at our clinic and will be discussed with you, if appropriate for your child:
★ Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS ® ) for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disabilities
★ It Takes Two To Talk ® -The Hanen Program ® for Parents of Children with Language Delays (birth to 5 years old)
★ More Than Words ® -The Hanen Program ® for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (birth to 5 years old)
★ Lidcombe Program - a treatment for young children who stutter
We love to collaborate with teachers, teacher assistants and teacher aides and believe that they play an essential role in every child’s communication development. Our team at South Metro Speech Pathology collaborates with schools through:
- Getting in touch with a client’s teacher in order to better understand how the child is doing in class and socialising with his peers. This will only take place after the child’s parent has given consent.
- Providing speech and language screening services to schools and daycare centres. Screenings are useful in helping schools or centres identify children who are at risk of speech and/or language delays or disorders. Such screenings will also allow our team to flag any concerns of other related developmental disorders such as a literacy disorder.
- Running the Learning Language and Loving It ® program in schools. This is The Hanen Program ® for Early Childhood Educators for schools and centres who wish to equip their staff with practical strategies for helping all children in the classroom build language and social skills- no matter what their learning and communication styles are.
- Giving speech pathology information presentations for teachers and parents.