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At TalkHQ we strive to provide a caring, homely, family-centred service whilst working with your child.
As qualified speech pathologists, we have received specific training to assess, diagnose and treat children with communication difficulties. In keeping with the ethos of TalkHQ Speech Pathology, we adopt a holistic approach to try to maximise your child’s communication potential within your family and school environments.
What is speech pathology?
Speech pathology uses research-directed assessments and treatment approaches to improve a person’s communication difficulty.
Communication refers to the process of being able to understand (that is, receptive language) and to be understood (that is, expressive language).
Being an effective communicator is something that most of us take for granted. That is why a communication difficulty can be so devastating for an individual and/or their families.
A communication difficulty may arise developmentally, that is, the child’s communication skills have not developed in line with the expected levels for their age. Sometimes there is a medical reason for this, such as Down’s syndrome, hearing impairment or Fragile X Syndrome. Recent research has shown that in some cases there is a genetic component to speech and language difficulties. In many other cases however the cause of the developmental communication difficulty remains unknown.
- Developmental communication difficulties may arise from the following conditions:
- Receptive and Expressive Language delay
- Specific Language Impairment
- Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
- Auditory Processing difficulties
- Articulation disorders
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Phonological delay and disorders (i.e. speech difficulty)
(For more information about individual conditions, refer to the national organisation Speech Pathology Australia website)
We now know that early intervention is the key to successfully help your child achieve their maximum potential in communication development. It also helps reduce some of the associated behaviours that may co-exist when communication breaks down such as frustration, reduced confidence, withdrawal and socialisation difficulties.
What do we do?
At Talk HQ Speech Pathology, therapists use games and toys to help your child feel relaxed and contented while targeting therapy goals that were highlighted during the assessment process.
Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the therapy activities where possible to make it easier to practise these activities during home practice. Home practice is very important to help speed up your child’s progress and ensure that their new skills generalise into the home. We encourage parents to ask questions at any stage if they are unclear about any aspect of the assessment or treatment.
For the school-aged child, formal assessments are used to help diagnose communication difficulties and to identify breakdowns in their literacy development. We believe that by using the child’s strengths and style of learning we can help target these areas of breakdowns directly, and/or provide your child with strategies to help reduce the impact of these difficulties.
We also work closely with classroom and resource teachers of children who attend Talk NQ to help the generalisation of skills into the school environment.
For children with multiple needs, the Talk HQ speech pathologist works closely with the occupational therapists, either directly during joint therapy work, or indirectly through case management discussions, to provide a multi-faceted approach in maximising the child’s ability to function in their environment.