Speech Pathology

Better Start Speech Pathologists treat children for a range of difficulties, including speech disorders, language delay, literacy diffiuclites, stuttering, autism and developmental delay. Parents can request specialist assessment for children from 18 months to teens.

Speech Pathology assessment and therapy is available for children at home or in their education setting. This has many obvious advantages:

  • Children are relaxed in a familiar environment
  • Children are seen during the day when they are alert and engaged
  • Teachers and carers can be involved in the program and goals
  • Children can access therapy regardless of work committments and time contraints in the family.

Our speech pathologists draw from many years in education settings. We have strong links with both private and public schools. We have a thorough knowledge of the support systems in place for children who require additional support.   We can help children at preschool and continue to support them at school.

We are providers for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and FaHCSIA.

Our speech pathologists give advice to parents of young children who are late to talk.  Don’t delay and worry about your child’s talking… a speech pathologist can set your mind at ease and provide you with strategies to help your child.

You may have concerns such as those on the list below.  Contact us to discuss your child’s needs or refer for a speech pathology assessment.

Your concerns:

Speech

  • Unclear speech
  • Changes sounds or omits sounds in words
  • Difficulty saying longer words
  • Stuttering

Expression

  • Late to talk
  • Uses fewer words than expected
  • Talks less frequently than other children
  • Sentences are short and simple
  • Difficulty explaining clearly
  • Difficulty telling about something that has happened
  • Difficulty telling ‘news’
  • Responds inappropriately to questions
  • Uses incorrect or inadequate words to name or describe

Comprehension

  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Struggles to ‘tune-in’
  • Difficulty understanding what people are asking
  • Has trouble attending and understanding stories
  • Difficulty maintaining attention at group time
  • Misunderstands questions
  • Difficulty grasping new information, concepts and ideas

Social Communication

  • Difficulty joining in
  • Difficulty making friends
  • Says inappropriate things to others
  • Talks too much or too little
  • Plays alone
  • Solves problems with shouting, whining, tantrums or hitting

Reading

  • Slow reader
  • Difficulty sounding out words
  • Difficulty naming letters and sounds
  • Difficulty predicting text
  • Misunderstands what has been read
  • Misses the main idea or the details of written text
  • Reads print well but does not comprehend
  • Below the reading level expected

Writing

  • Difficulty thinking of what to write
  • Written sentences are short and simple
  • Story ideas are limited
  • Omission of word endings or small grammar words
  • Limited ideas and vocabulary

Spelling

  • Difficulty learning letters and sounds
  • Difficulty learning the spelling of common words
  • Spells initial letter correctly but not middle and last letters
  • Spells words with 3 letters but not 4 letters
  • Difficulty spelling vowels in words
  • Below the level expected in spelling ability

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