Speech Therapy For Kids Of All Ages
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We Help Children With
Receptive language and listening skills
Articulation and phonology
Social/pragmatic language skills
Feeding and eating
Alternative forms of communication such as AAC
Note: We do not require an official diagnosis.
What does Speech and Language Therapy look like?
We start with a comprehensive assessment based on the information received from home, school, the child, and other professionals. This may include a combination of formal testing and informal assessment that is based on fun, natural, and engaging activities. Support may include:
An individualised therapy program
|Starting at $190 + GST
Our Speech and Language Therapists
Isabel (Liza) Baccay
– 24 Yrs’ Experience
– 22 Yrs’ Experience
– 19 Yrs’ Experience
– 6 Yrs’ Experience
– 6 Yrs’ Experience
– 6 Yrs’ Experience
– 3 Yrs’ Experience
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How does therapy help kids with their communication skills?
Speech therapy is a vital tool in helping children develop robust communication skills. Through a series of targeted exercises and interactive activities, a speech therapist works with a child to improve their ability to articulate words, understand language, and engage in meaningful conversation. Not only does it target the mechanical aspects of speech, but it also aids in enhancing social interaction skills. By making the process fun and engaging, children are more likely to participate and improve. Hence, speech therapy has a significant positive impact on a child’s confidence and social interactions.
At what age can a child start speech therapy?
The initiation of speech therapy can greatly vary among children, largely depending on their unique needs. It is, however, commonly acknowledged that early intervention can be very beneficial. If a child exhibits difficulties in language comprehension or speech articulation at an early age, starting therapy can be advantageous. Essentially, the earlier the intervention, the better the outcomes, taking advantage of the prime developmental years of a child.
What qualifications does a speech therapist at Kaleidoscope Therapy Centre hold?
Our speech therapists at Kaleidoscope Therapy Centre are licensed professionals holding a degree in speech-language pathology. They have undergone rigorous training and have substantial experience in diagnosing and treating a wide range of speech and language disorders. Their expertise encompasses areas like articulation, language comprehension, fluency, voice disorders, and more, ensuring your child receives the best possible care.
What type of communication needs can be addressed by speech therapy?
Speech therapy can address a broad spectrum of communication needs in children. These needs can range from difficulty in producing certain speech sounds to problems with understanding or using language. Speech therapy also works on improving voice quality, enhancing fluency, and refining the oral motor skills necessary for clear speech and safe eating. Each therapy plan is tailored to a child’s specific needs, ensuring they receive the most appropriate and effective treatment.
Can parents gather information about their child’s progress during speech therapy?
Absolutely. At Kaleidoscope Therapy Centre, we strongly believe in parental involvement and the power of teamwork. Parents are provided with regular updates on their child’s progress in therapy. We encourage parents to participate in sessions and equip them with strategies and activities to reinforce at home. This collaborative approach ensures the child’s communication skills are nurtured consistently, fostering optimal development.
Does speech therapy only help kids with diagnosed speech issues?
No, speech therapy extends its benefits beyond children with diagnosed speech or language disorders. It can be instrumental for any child who has difficulty with articulation, comprehension, or social communication. Speech therapy can also assist children who may be lagging in their language development for their age or those struggling with certain speech sounds. Therefore, it’s a versatile intervention catering to a broad range of communication challenges.
What types of speech issues can be noticed in kids and toddlers?
A wide range of speech issues can be noticed in children, depending on their age and developmental stage. For toddlers, it may involve delayed speech milestones, like not saying single words by 15 months or not combining two words by two years. Kids may struggle with certain speech sounds, often substituting or omitting them, which is known as articulation disorder. Stuttering, a type of fluency disorder where the flow of speech is interrupted, is another common issue. Some children may also have voice disorders, affecting the quality, pitch, or volume of their voice. It’s important to remember that every child is unique, and these are just a few examples of the types of speech issues that speech therapy can address.
How does speech therapy help toddlers and kids form sentences?
Sentence formation is a crucial part of a child’s speech and language development. In speech therapy, therapists employ various strategies to help kids and toddlers learn to form sentences. Activities may include interactive games, role-play, story-telling, and picture descriptions to make the learning process engaging. Therapists might work on expanding vocabulary, teaching sentence structure, and modeling correct grammar usage. Through repetitive practice and positive reinforcement, children gradually learn to form sentences more accurately and confidently. Over time, this leads to better expressive language skills, enhancing the child’s ability to communicate effectively.