- Speech and Language Therapists work on ALL aspects of communication.
- We assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of communication abilities.
- Therapy is provided in the context of play to improve quality of life and functional communication skills.
Communication disorders to look out for
- Receptive language delay: Difficulty understanding spoken language.
- Expressive language delay: Difficulty using language.
- Pragmatic Language difficulties: To use language appropriately in social situations.
- Speech delay/disorder: difficulties with the production of sounds
- Fluency/stammer: repetition of sounds, syllables and/or words, prolonging sounds and/or pausing or ‘blocking’.
How a child with a speech disorder/delay may present
- Difficult for you or others to understand
- Difficulty producing certain sounds or combinations of sounds
- Feel frustrated and may be avoidant of speaking at times
- Difficulties with literacy and phonological awareness
How a child with a language delay may present
- Slow to react to speech and language
- Limited understanding or use of age appropriate vocabulary
- Difficulties understanding concepts, humour, non-literal language
- Slow vocabulary development
- Difficulty following instructions or answering questions appropriately
- Difficulty describing events (narratives) and using appropriate grammar in sentences
- Difficulties finding the ‘right’ word
How a child with social communication difficulties may present
- Limited friendship group
- Difficulty maintaining appropriate eye contact or respecting personal space
- Difficulty engaging conversations about topics that are not of particular interest to them
- He/she may not initiate conversations or demonstrate appropriate turn-taking
Communication difficulties can lead to
- High levels of frustration
- Challenging behaviour
- Rigid and controlling behaviour
- Anxiety/mental health difficulties
- Low self esteem/self perception
- Difficulties forming and maintaining age appropriate relationships
- Difficulties accessing and contributing to the school curriculum
- Lack of independence skills