What is a Speech Pathologist?

“Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, language, fluency, and voice.

We work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other problems that can affect speech and language.

People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.” (Speech Pathology Australia, 2018)

What we do here at The Long Gallery

Here at The Long Gallery our interest area is working with Kids whose difficulties with communicating are impacting with their everyday life.  Communication difficulties can present in many ways.  Parents are experts at translating what their children are trying to communicate. If you notice other adults are have expressed a concern about your child’s communication or speech, it’s worth investigating.

Maria can  assist with the following communication challenges:

Supporting Speech Sound Development: Children’s speech develops in stages. By around the age of 4 years most children’s speech can be understood by an unfamiliar adult. Is your child using the right sound in the right place and is it impacting on their communication or relationships?

Receptive language:   Understanding spoken language (e.g. answering a question or following an instruction) is critical to their development and successful communication. Can your 6 year old follow a 3 step instruction?

Expressive language: Using words and sentences to communicate an idea, ask a question, make a request or comment appropriately.  Can your 6 year old tell you a story that makes sense?

Literacy fundamentals:  Phonological awareness (understanding that words are made up of syllables and sounds e.g. “kang-a-roo” has three syllables) and phonemic awareness (the ability to identify and manipulate sounds in words e.g. “mat” has three sounds m-a-t if you change the ‘m’ sound to a ‘p’ sound the word is now “pat”) Evidence suggests that these skills are critical for the development of reading and writing. Has your child’s teacher expressed a concern about your child’s ability to hear sounds in words?

Stuttering & Fluency: When there is a breakdown in the rhythm and timing of your talking. This often looks like a child is “stuck” on a sound or a word. Often the child keeps repeating or making the sound  longer before “getting the word out”. This can make it difficult to get a message across and often has a psychological impact for those who experience it.

The Speech Pathology Australia website (www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au) includes links to ‘fact sheets’ and a ‘communication kit’ resources which include lots of useful information about children’s speech, language and literacy skills development.

Hardship Support

As a commitment to supporting the community The Long Gallery Psychologists have agreed to provide each school with one free assessment per month for families Families experiencing financial hardship.  To apply for our hardship support package parents should obtain a referral from their child’s school to The Long Gallery.

Understanding Speech & Language

Parents are invited to attend workshops held on the last Thursday evening of each month at the Long Gallery.   (Cost: $40.00 per family; Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.)

Workshop program for the remainder of Semester 1, 2018 will be updated by week 8 of the school term:

 

Date Session 1: 7pm (50 minutes) Session 2: 8pm (50 minutes)
26th April xxx xxx 
31st May xxxx xxx
28th June xxxx xxxx