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Chat to a Speech Pathologist for Free!

Here in the technology age, there is SO much information out there. A quick scroll through facebook as a parent will bombard you with numerous articles about how you should manage your child’s behaviour, the latest gadgets you should be buying, and opinion pieces from both ends of the spectrum on just about everything! As such, we are getting overloaded with information and it is difficult to filter through it to find the well-researched, high quality information that can guide what you do as a parent.

If you have existing concerns about your child’s speech, language and literacy skills, a trip to Dr Google is not advised, due to the vast amount of inaccurate information out there. And further still, if you don’t have concerns, but your child’s daycare centre or school has raised concerns about their development, it gets even more confusing.

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This is why Grow Therapy Services is offering a free 20 minute chat with one of our qualified Speech Pathologists. You can book one of these chats and do it via the phone or a skype call. A quick chat to a speech pathologist can help to put you on the right path and make decisions about if and when your child needs speech pathology services. Our therapists will not seek to book you in unless it is absolutely necessary because we don’t like to make parents outlay unnecessary money for appointments – kids are expensive enough as it is!

BOOK A FREE CHAT NOW

Click the link above to book now. Alternatively, you can contact us via our Contact Page if you have a quick question, or would like to book your child in for Speech Pathology Services.


Visiting Speech Pathologists of Perth’s Northern Suburbs

Recent statistics tell us that one in five children aged 4-5 years have a language impairment. And one in ten children will have difficulties with reading and writing at school. These are children that will benefit from Speech Pathology intervention, and here at Grow Therapy Services, we find that a great way to help these children is in their home or school environment. In this way, the children are comfortable and can immediately learn how to apply the skills they are learning in their sessions.

 

Grow Therapy Services consists of home and school visiting Speech Pathologists working with children and their families in Perth’s Northern Suburbs. We don’t bring along many toys or resources to our sessions as we prefer to show you how you can utilise what you have at home to work on your child’s speech, language and/or literacy goals. Our practice is built on a strong culture of family-centred values and therapy techniques.

 

Benefits of having a Speech Pathologist come to you:

  • Children are in a familiar environment where they feel comfortable
  • Siblings can either join in sessions (where possible) or play with their own toys, rather than sitting in waiting rooms
  • You can see how your child’s goals can be embedded into your home and daily activities
  • Schools can work closely with your child’s therapist to ensure goals are being collaboratively targeted

 

Introducing… Our Newest Visiting Speech Pathologist

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Meet our newest Speech Pathologist – Holly, she finished her Speech Pathology studies at the end of 2015 and is excited to be working with Grow Therapy Services. She is currently taking on new clients aged 2-8 years and has such a lovely, caring nature. Holly has a background as a children’s singing coach, and loves working with families. Read more about Holly here.

 

 

 


If you are unsure whether your child needs Speech Pathology Services, call for an obligation-free 20 minute chat with Alex, Grow’s Principal Speech Pathologist, or send us an email. Contact Us.


Does my child need Speech Pathology?

There may be any number of reasons why you are concerned about your child’s speech and language skills, but do you need to go and see a Speech Pathologist?

 

Of course, as with everything, there is no clear cut answer, but there are some general guidelines that Speech Pathologists follow that I think should be common knowledge to all parents, teachers, child health nurses, paediatricians. Here they are:

 

Developmental expectations: Extensive research has been completed with large samples of children to determine the typical development of children in most speech and language areas. This means that we know that children tend to follow a pattern of development and achieve milestones at similar ages (with large amounts of variance being allowed). If a child is too young to be achieving a skill and is following typical development then we can generally just monitor that child as they approach the age of acquisition of the skill. However, if a child should have developed a skill by their age, therapy is generally recommended. See these fantastic Developmental Expectations for free developmental milestones by area to see how your child is doing.

 

Impact: Regardless of developmental expectations, is the speech and language issue impacting upon your child’s social interactions with other kids, play skills, ability to make basic requests, make themselves understood and their general communicative abilities. Is it making them extremely frustrated and are they being teased?

 

Typical Errors versus Disordered Errors: This is somewhat similar to the developmental expectations, however we also know that some errors are to be expected at certain ages, e.g. when your two year old always says ‘wocks’ instead of ‘rocks’ or says ‘me like’ instead of ‘I like.’ Speech Pathologists are generally not concerned if they know it is a typical error, however will encourage Speech Pathology sessions if the error is atypical. At home, ensure that you don’t fall into the trap of copying errors, always speak to your child with the language that you will expect them to start using.

 

Pauses in Development: Did your child seem to be developing his/her speech and language skills and then stop for a long time, seemingly stuck in a developmental stage? If so, Speech Pathology services is recommended to complete an assessment and determine strategies that will assist you in helping your child to get moving again with their speech and language skills.

 

Stuttering: Is your child showing signs of a stutter? Are they repeating sounds, words, sentences, or even getting blocked when they try to speak. If your child is stuttering, do NOT use the ‘wait and see’ approach at all. It is essential that children with a stutter are seen immediately. Therapy is highly effective at a young age, however the effectiveness of therapies decreases after the age of 6, and significantly decreases after the age of 12. Contact a Speech Pathologist now if this is your concern.

 

Other diagnoses: many Speech Pathologists are well trained in working with children with other diagnoses and can help you to implement strategies early on if your child has a diagnosis of hearing impairment, auditory processing difficulties, dyslexia, autism, Cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, developmental delay, ADHD and many more.

 

Generally, I would recommend that if you are concerned as a parent about your child’s abilities, it is a good idea to see a Speech Pathologist for an assessment for your own peace of mind that you either don’t need to worry or that you have identified issues early on. However, with waitlists being very long, and costs of sessions being high, use this information to make a more informed decision as to whether this is something that you feel you need to pursue.

 

 

Contact us here at Grow Therapy Services if you would like to talk to us about Speech Pathology services for your child.

[Post adapted with permission from www.thespeel.com]