Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology

What is Speech Pathology?

Speech Pathologists assist children with speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties.
Speech Pathologists assist your children who have:
• Difficulty in generating speech, such as a stutter or lisp
• Difficulty in listening or following instructions
• Difficulty with comprehension
• Problems with swallowing, such as frequent choking or coughing
• Children with specific diagnoses, such as Autism, Down Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy

Treatment includes:

• Oral-motor exercises
• Swallowing techniques
• Voice Therapy
• Speech Clarity and Fluency
• Comprehension
• Social Skills and Social Communication
• Cognitive Therapy – memory, reasoning, problem solving, attention
• Assistive Communication Aids and Techniques

What are the benefits of Speech Pathology?

The main aim of speech pathology is to develop skills which will assist your child to communicate more effectively. The outcome of treatment varies depending on the individual child, however, benefits may include:
• Greater ability to understand and express thoughts, ideas and feelings
• Improved speech so your child can be understood by others
• Development of problem-solving skills
• Improved swallowing function and safety
• Achievement of school readiness skills
• Better use of practical social skills
• Enhanced quality of life with greater self-esteem
• Increased independence