Q Speech Pathology for Speech Sound Disorders

When young children are learning to speak, it’s common for them to make errors in speech production. However, we become concerned if the child’s speech errors are not age-appropriate, or if they are making a number of different errors that are affecting their ability to be understood by others. A thorough speech assessment can help you determine what errors your child is making and how best to help them.

Rebecca is trained in PROMPT, which is an acronym for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. PROMPT is a technique that uses touch cues to a child’s jaw, tongue and lips to manually guide them through a targeted word or phrase. The aim is to help ‘train’ the child’s muscles to produce the correct speech sounds and words. PROMPT is appropriate for children of all ages and is especially beneficial for children diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) or a hearing impairment.

Q Speech Pathology for Language Disorders

Language is used to communicate and convey meaning from one person to another. It can be spoken, written or gestured. Difficulties with language can affect children of all ages. Very young children with a language disorder may have difficulties following directions, identifying and naming objects, asking questions or in using correct pronouns such as ‘he’ and ‘she’. Rebecca is trained in Hanen: It Takes Two To Talk, which is a program that provides parents with skills and strategies to successfully stimulate their child’s language development.

Older school-age children with a language disorder may have difficulties comprehending key points in classroom discussions, misinterpret assignment or test questions, and have difficulty drawing inferences from written text. The best approach to helping older children develop their language is to link therapy to classroom topics or areas of personal interest, to ensure it is motivating and relevant for them.

Q Receptive Language

A receptive language disorder means that a child has difficulties understanding what is said to them. There is no standard set of symptoms that indicate a receptive language disorder, as all children are different. However, symptoms may include:

Not seeming to listen when spoken to,

Parroting words and phrases,

Unable to follow spoken instructions,

Appearing to lack interest in storybooks read to them

Q Expressive Language

An expressive language disorder means a child has difficulty using words to get their message across. Symptoms of an expressive language disorder may include:

Making grammatical errors when talking,

Using shorter, simpler sentences than children their own age,

Being unable to ‘come to the point’,

Having difficulty retelling stories in an organised way,

Finding it hard to maintain conversations

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