CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SPEECH PATHOLOGY
Few areas of development are as integral to a child’s wellbeing as the ability to communicate. Yet for many children with developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, brain injuries, hearing impairment, swallowing disorders, social anxiety and conditions such as cleft palate, effective verbal communication can be a significant challenge. Unfortunately, for children with social difficulties and diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder, the frustrations that stem from the inability to clearly and effectively communicate their needs and wishes can worsen behavioural issues, erode self-confidence and cause social isolation.
Speech pathology is a specialised allied health discipline that diagnoses and treats communication disorders, which may manifest as difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding, reading, writing, social skills and appropriate use of voice. Depending on a child’s specific needs and challenges – which are often elucidated by feedback from teachers, parents and other healthcare professionals – a speech pathologist may devise exercises to overcome both physical and psychological causes of impaired communication (e.g. stuttering caused by anxiety). A speech pathologist will also progressively teach children new skills, such as effective listening, to enhance communication.
For child NDIS participants, working with a speech pathologist can transform all life areas, from play and social interaction to learning and academic performance, and enable more satisfying interaction with the world around them.
Who can benefit from seeing a speech pathologist?
- Children with developmental delays
- Children with intellectual disabilities
- Children with brain injuries
- Children with conditions such as cleft palate
- Children with hearing impairment
- Children with swallowing disorders
- Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Children with social anxiety or difficulties
- Children with stuttering/fluency disorders
Services offered by Soaring Health speech pathologists
- Speech and language assessment
- Fun and engaging, practical, personalised intervention programs
Common conditions that may be treated or managed with speech pathology
- Articulation difficulties
- Phonological disorders
- Language delay and disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Stuttering/fluency disorders
- Voice disorder
- Central auditory processing disorder
- Pragmatic language impairment
- Feeding and swallowing disorders