What is a Speech Pathologist?
A speech pathologist works with anyone who has trouble communicating, helping people find the best way to communicate to meet their needs.
This could be trouble with:
• language (including reading and writing)
• fluency – for example, stuttering
This could include signs, symbols, gestures and other forms of assisted communication.
Speech pathologists often work one on one with children but might also work with groups.
Why your child might see a speech pathologist
Your child might see a speech pathologist if they have speech and language problems including:
• problems being understood by other people
• problems understanding what people say
• frustration because they can’t say what they want to say or can’t be understood by others
• a husky voice that’s hard to hear
If your child has a speech or language problem, a speech pathologist will assess your child’s level of ability and design a program to help your child develop the skills and abilities they may need.
During the assessment, the speech pathologist will talk with you about what your child has trouble with. The speech pathologist will also ask you about your child’s development, including medical history, and whether anyone else in your family has speech or language problems.
The speech pathologist might look at how well your child understands instructions and questions and listen to your child talking to get a good idea of the words and sounds your child uses.
Speech Pathology Services available at Futures In Mind Clinic include the following:
• Developmental Delay (Late Talkers)
• Speech/Articulation Delay
• Auditory Processing Difficulties
• Language Delay – Receptive and Expressive Language
• Social Skills
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Phonological Awareness
• Screening assessments within kindergarten’s, Early Learning Centres and schools to identify children with communication difficulties
• Full diagnostic speech pathology assessments of children’s language, speech and literacy skills
• Written programs
• Summary or comprehensive written reports