A number of assessment and therapy services are available to help children who:
- Are “late talkers”
- Have trouble using words, grammar and sentences
- Have difficulty telling stories
- Have trouble being understood by others
- Have difficulty saying particular speech sounds
- Have trouble remembering and following instructions
- Have comprehension difficulties such as understanding and answering questions
- Are confused by concepts such as positional language (e.g., in/on/next to)
- Have difficulty understanding and remembering sequences (e.g., first/ last, before/after)
- Are having reading and spelling difficulties
- Are stuttering
- Have difficulty with social and non-verbal communication skills such as using eye contact, using gestures, taking turns and maintaining the topic of conversation appropriately.
The assessment process will be adapted to suit each child based on their age and the concerns raised. Following the assessment the child’s results and the clinician’s recommendations are discussed and a written report is provided.
Individual and group therapy sessions can be arranged with homework tasks provided where appropriate. The frequency of therapy sessions will be determined following discussion with the child’s family.
- Whole class sessions
- Home programs
- Kindergarten screenings during orientation or transition periods to help identify the children who may require further assessment and/or support in the classroom
- Consultations with parents, teachers and/or other professionals
- Presentations at staff meetings, parent information nights etc. on topics such as, “Normal communication development”, “What is a communication disorder?”, “Strategies to support children with speech and language difficulties” and “Working with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds”.