Speech Therapy

Our one-on-one speech therapy sessions are available for children aged 2 years or above. After the initial assessment, an individualised treatment plan will be devised to address your child's needs.

Childs Pyschologist

Speech Therapy focuses on developing a child’s overall communication skills across the following specialist fields:

 

• AAC (augmentative and alternative communication)

• Articulation and phonology – producing a full range of speech sounds and using

  them accurately.

• Autistic Spectrum Disorders

• Bilingualism

• Dyspraxia

• Expressive language – using words and sentences, in a variety of different   

  ways and for different purposes.

• Language disorder

• Learning disability

• Preverbal skills such as eye contact, joint attention and using gestures.

• Receptive language – understanding what is said to them.

• Social communication such as turn-taking, staying on topic and using non-

  verbal communication appropriately.

• Stuttering – Fluency Disorder

Common disorders

Articulation Disorder

Children develop speech sounds in stages. When a child cannot produce specific speech sounds properly by a certain age, they may have an articulation disorder.

A child with an articulation disorder may:

  • find it difficult to pronounce certain speech sounds, e.g. say "Coo" instead of "School"

  • substitute one sound for another, e.g. say "Wobot" instead of "Robot"

  • omit a sound, e.g. "At" for "Cat", "Up" for "Cup"

Fluency Disorder

Also known as Stuttering. It begins in childhood, and may last throughout adulthood. It may affect a child's self-confidence and social functioning. 

A child with fluency disorder may:

  • have difficulty starting a word or sentence, e.g. "H...H...H...Hello"

  • repeat words in a sentence, e.g. "Can we make...make...make a cake"

  • put extra sounds or words in a sentence, e.g. "I uh... love going uh... to uh... school"

Speech & Language Disorder/Delay

A child with Speech and Language Disorder/Delay may have difficulties understanding others (Receptive Language), expressing themselves (Expressive Language), or a combination of both.

Some red flags of language disorder/delay include:

  • not babbling by the age of 12 months

  • not talking by the age of 18 months

  • not being able to speak in short sentences by the age of 2 years

Feeding and Swallowing Disorders

Children reach milestones in feeding and swallowing. For example, they begin to put hands on bottles  while feeding at 3-4 months old; start to accept spoon feeding or pureed food at 6-9 months old; can chew a wide range of textures at 18-24 months old. Your child may have a feeding and swallowing problem if they:

  • refuse to eat or eat only certain textures

  • takes a long time to eat

  • drool a lot

  • have problem chewing 

Having concerns about your child's speech and language development, or feeding and swallowing abilities?

Give us a call, and our speech therapist will let you know how we can help improve your child's problem.