Speech Pathologists primarily help children with their speech, language and literacy. Speech Pathologists can also help children use their language to communicate effectively with others in play and social situations (social skills).
Common concerns raised by parents include:
Speech therapy can also help children develop their social skills. This might include helping a child use their language to communicate effectively with others in play and social situations, or helping a child to share play ideas with friends. Parents may attend therapy if their child has difficulties sharing and taking turns, or difficulties making friends at kindergarten or school.
Speech Pathologists also work with children in the areas of literacy.
Literacy concerns often include:
Feeding concerns often include:
We can help children who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. This can include the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) for children who are non-verbal. For example, key word signing, picture exchange communication system (PECS) and Proloquo2Go.
If you are worried about your child's communication, it is important to seek help early. Parents are often told to 'wait and see' or advised that children 'grow out of' speech and language delays. A 'wait and see' approach can mean that opportunities are missed to support a child's development during their critical learning phase. Research shows that the earlier you seek help, the better the outcomes can be.