Our experienced, passionate team of speech & language pathologists provide services in a friendly, comfortable and relaxed environment.

Q Speech

Speech, or articulation, refers to the ability to produce speech sounds required for communication. For example, the sound "th" as in "think" is produced by placing the front of the tongue against your top lip. Speech is a very complex skill which is easy to take for granted.

Some people have dificullties producing speech sounds correctly. Speech sounds may be distorted (eg. a person may have a "slushy /s/" sound) or substituted for other sounds (eg. a child may substitute "tat" for "cat"). Young children make substitution errors as part of normal speech development, however if it is felt that the child's speech is significantly different or more "babyish" than the speech of other children their age, the child should be assessed by a speech-language pathologist. Speech therapy specifically targeting the problem areas can help to improve the child's articulation skills.

Emerging evidence suggests that there is an important relationship between speech difficulties and literacy difficulties, with children who experience articulation difficulties being more likely to experience difficulties with reading and spelling. While not all children with articulation difficulties will develop literacy problems, evaluation by a speech-language pathologist will help to determine whether your child is at risk. Your speech-language pathologist may also recommend activities designed to strengthen your child's literacy skills.

Q For adolescents and young adults

The team at Adelaide Speech Pathology Services is passionate about helping adolescents and young adults reach their potential. Many students find high school or TAFE/university very difficult due to learning difficulties.

We help such students by strengthening communicative skills and identifying assistive technologies which can help the student to succeed in their learning. We work with the student to identify where the barriers to learning lie, and we target intervention to address the particular areas identified.

We work with students who find it difficult to navigate the oral and written language used in higher level schooling. We can help with reading and spelling difficulties by improving the underlying skills that are crucial in establishing strong literacy skills. Reading difficulties are frequently associated with subtle language difficulties. Such difficulties have an impact on the learning of subject specific words and the ability to comprehend information. We work to improve the underlying language skills of students so that they are better able to cope with the language demands of study. Researching, note taking and study skills are also areas we can assist with. Finally, various assistive technologies exist to help students. These need to be matched to student needs and are used in therapy sessions to model their use and promote independence in learning.

Students may have had experience of help that does not meet their needs. Students sometimes give up but the right assistance can potentially re-ignite their ability to learn, even leading to enjoyment of the process!

If you would like further information regarding how our clinicians can help you or your adolescent/yound adult, please contact us to make an appointment.

Q For adults

If you are an adult seeking our services then you may have been aware of your reading or language difficulties for your whole life. A change in role at work or the experience of teaching a child to read may have motivated you to seek assistance with improving your reading, writing and oral communication skills.

We are more than able to provide services for adults with learning difficulties and we tailor our approach to each individual. We are also aware that for some people such difficulties are a source of shame and may have resulted in a loss of self-esteem. Our caring and empathic clinicians can help to improve your skills as well as your confidence!

For some people with learning difficulties, assistive technology is the key to making life more manageable. For others it is enlightening to understand the code we use to represent speech sounds in written language, leading to the experience of reading being de-mystified! There are strategies that can be taught to make the learning process easier.

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