Now Offering Telehealth Speech Pathology for Kids and Young Adults
To get started, I conduct a comprehensive assessment of your child’s communication skills. This may include their speech, language, literacy, fluency or social skills. Assessment involves:
- talking to your child’s everyday communication partners; their teachers, peers, other therapists etc.
- watching and listening to your child’s communication in everyday contexts; at home and school
- playing games and doing activities with your child to test their communication skills and analyse their communication style
After the assessment, we’ll set goals for Speech Pathology. I like to use SMART goals which are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based but it’s also important to set goals that are meaningful for your child.
It can be helpful to ask your child’s teachers or Early Childhood Educators about goals. If your child is seeing another therapist, like an Occupational Therapist or Psychologist, they might have some advice about goals too. With your permission, I will check in with all of these important people as part of the goal setting process.
Once our goals are set, we can get to work. Although that doesn’t mean that therapy sessions will look or feel like work. Often we work towards goals by talking, playing and doing everyday activities. Parents are a big part of therapy and you’ll be invited to participate as much as possible in each therapy session. It’s also important that kids and parents keep working on goals between therapy sessions.
Therapy sessions are usually weekly or fortnightly and take place at home, school or preschool. I also offer telehealth therapy sessions which take place over Zoom.
As an evidence-based Speech Pathologist, I plan and deliver therapy sessions according to the best available clinical research, my own skills and experience, and your child and family’s needs.