PAEDIATRIC SPEECH THERAPY
What is Paediatric Speech and Language delay/disorder?
Speech and language development begins from infancy. A delay or disorder in speech or language is likely to impact on the development of social skills literacy skills and behaviour.
What causes Paediatric Speech and Language delay/disorder?
Common conditions affecting speech and language development include:
- Articulation/ Phonological disorder
- Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies
- Language-based Learning Disabilities
- Specific Language Impairment
What are some signs or symptoms of a Speech/Language Problem?
- Child speaks only few words at 18 months
- Child does not look at people/objects when called
- Child does not combine words or use phrases/short sentences
- Speech is not clear, with difficulties pronouncing certain words
- Child has difficulty understanding instructions at home/school
- Child has difficulty interacting with peers
- Child struggles with homework, reading and writing
- Child struggles with higher-level language skills such as sequencing, determining cause and effect, making inferences and understanding figurative language.
How can we help?
We will use a range of paediatric assessment tools including physical examinations, standardized cognitive-linguistic and language tests as well as informal observations in the child’s natural settings to assess, diagnose and develop therapy programs best suited for your child.
After assessment, we will tailor an individualized Therapy Program to address your child’s speech/language issues. We employ a child-centered approach and encourage parental involvement to create a fun learning environment and ensure success I the Therapy Program.
Our intervention services include:
- Artiulation Therapy
- Early Language Intervention
- Hanen It Takes Two to Talk
- Hanen More Than Words
- Higher Level Language Skills i.e. Verbal Reasoning/Problem Solving
- Language Stimulation
- Oromotor Therapy
- Parent/Caregiver Training Sessions
- School Visits
- Social Skills Training
New research data revealed that there is a significant increase in children diagnosed with speech and language delays or disorders in the recent years. We want to encourage parents to avoid the 'wait and see' approach that is all too common with speech and language disorders. The earlier we reach a child, the more successful, the less expensive, and the shorter the course of treatment. By delaying an assessment and/or treatment to see if a child outgrows a potential disorder, parents may be missing a key window of opportunity. This is why it is important for parents to educate themselves about the signs and seek an assessment from a speech therapist if they have any concern.