Speech Pathology Services

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is the assessment and treatment of communication and speech disorders. It is performed by certified speech language pathologists (SLPs), often referred to as speech pathologists.

A certified speech pathologist will study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking,  listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills. stuttering and using voice. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drinking safely can also be assisted by a speech pathologist.

 

What happens during speech therapy?


Speech therapy usually begins with an assessment by a speech pathologist who will identify the type of speech disorder and the best approach to treat it.

Speech therapy for children

For your child, the speech therapy session would usually take place in a one-on-one environment. Speech therapy exercises and activities are carried out and may vary depending on your child's disorder, age and needs. During speech therapy for children, the speech pathologist may:

  • interact through talking and playing, and using books, pictures other objects as part of language intervention to help stimulate language development

  • model correct sounds and syllables for a child during age-appropriate play to teach the child how to make certain sounds

  • provide strategies and homework for the child and parent or caregiver on how to do speech therapy at home

Child playing in therapy

SPEECH

Pronunciation of words

LANGUAGE

Understanding and putting words together to form sentences

SOCIAL COMMUNICATION

Understanding and use of language in social situations

LITERACY SKILLS

Reading and writing

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Using alternative methods to support their ability to communicate

We have experience working with individuals with:

  • Speech and Language Delay

  • Global Developmental Delay

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Downs Syndrome

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Tongue Tie

  • Lisp

Attending a speech and language therapy session

Nurture Speech Pathology provides Adelaide speech pathology services through the following methods:

  • In clinic sessions

  • School & Childcare visits

  • Tele-health

 

How long does your child need speech therapy?

The amount of time an individual needs speech therapy depends on a few factors, including (not limited to):

  • their age

  • type and severity of the speech delay/disorder

  • frequency of therapy

  • underlying medical condition

  • treatment of an underlying medical condition

Some speech, language or communication delay/disorders begin in childhood and improve with age, while others persists into adulthood and require long-term therapy and constant care. The success rate of speech therapy varies depending on the condition being treated and the age group of the individual. Speech therapy has shown to be most successful when started early and practised at home with the involvement of parents and/or caregivers. 

It Takes Two to Talk® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays

More Than Words® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties

DIR FLOORTIME - The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL)

Sounds ~ Write Literacy Program 

LSVT LOUD; A speech treatment for people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurological conditions. - LSVT Global

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