Meet: Julie Sexton and Jenna Mottin from TalkNQ Speech Pathology
Tell us about your practice
TalkNQ Speech Pathology is a private speech pathology practice that services Townsville, Ayr, Charters Towers, Bowen and Ingham. Our team consists of experienced speech pathologists who are dedicated in supporting children with communication difficulties achieve their full potential. We are a family-orientated practice and we endeavour to build strong relationships with our families to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children.
What is something that people do not know about the role of a speech pathologist?
That we can work with children who are struggling academically. A lot of people assume we only work with people who stutter or can’t say their words correctly. Sometimes children who are not succeeding in the classroom with speaking or listening tasks or with their reading and their spelling may have underlying language difficulties. These difficulties include difficulties understanding what the teacher is saying, not grasping the concepts they are learning about, difficulties planning what to say or putting words into sentences. A speech pathologist can conduct an assessment and provide therapy and recommend classroom strategies for these children.
What do you suggest a parent does if they have any concerns about their child’s communication or literacy development?
The most important thing a parent can do is to seek support from a speech pathologist early.
The TalkHQ Family