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Speech Pathology

  • Every child has a voice.

    But some children need extra support for us to ‘hear’ it.

    Speech pathologists at Child Development SPOT diagnose and treat communication and eating difficulties/ disorders. Communication difficulties refer to challenges with speaking, understanding and/or using language, listening, social skills, stuttering, reading, writing and using voice. Eating difficulties refer to challenges with swallowing food and drinks safely, excessive dribbling and picky eating.

    At Child Development SPOT, Sophie Jewell works with children with developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, hearing loss, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, and other syndromes.

  • Does my child need to see a Speech Pathologist?

    If you have concerns, Child Development SPOT therapists can help you with the following:
  • Speech delays and disorders

    Articulation and phonology (producing speech sounds).

  • Feeding and swallowing difficulties

    Supporting children who have issues with choking, swallowing, drinking and eating.

  • Pre-literacy and literacy skills

    Learning to read, write and spell.

  • Voice

    Disorders of the voice including pitch, quality, volume.

  • Expressive language

    Using language to share thoughts, feelings and ideas.

  • Receptive language

    Understanding language, word meanings and instructions.

  • Augmentative and alternative communication

    Using pictures, communication boards, books, key word signing or assistive devices to support understanding and expression of language.

  • Social communication difficulties

    Communicating for social purposes and following the rules for conversation.

  • Cognitive-communication disorders

    Organising thoughts, planning, reasoning, paying attention, remembering and problem solving.

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