About Speech Pathology

Speech pathology is the science of diagnosing and treating communication disorders. This can include helping with speech, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice.

If you have any concerns about your child’s speech or language development, it is a good idea to speak to a speech pathologist.
If your child is has delayed language, is difficult to understand, stutters, struggles with reading or writing, has auditory processing problems or voice difficulties, a speech pathologist can help.

A speech pathologist works with your child to improve communication. Clear and effective communication gives children the confidence to take part and excel at school.
This results in academic success, positive peer interactions, self confidence and positive life outcomes.

About Speech Pathology

What Is Speech Pathology?

Speech pathology is the science of diagnosing and treating communication disorders. This can include helping with speech, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice.

Why Would I Need A Speech Pathologist?

If you have any concerns about your child's speech or language development, it is a good idea to speak to a speech pathologist. If your child is has delayed language, is difficult to understand, stutters, struggles with reading or writing, has auditory processing problems or voice difficulties, a speech pathologist can help.

How Can A Speech Pathologist Help?

A speech pathologist works with your child to improve communication. Clear and effective communication gives children the confidence to take part and excel at school. This results in academic success, positive peer interactions, self confidence and positive life outcomes.

How Do I Know If My Child Would Benefit from Speech Pathology?

You can speak to a speech pathologist about any concerns you may have about your child’s speech or language development. 

If you suspect that your child may need assistance, it is always best to act early- children rarely grow out of speech or language problems without assistance. Research shows that early speech and language intervention can prevent or minimise difficulties in the classroom. Difficulty communicating can lead to frustration, anxiety, poor interaction with others, undesirable behaviour, withdrawal and eventually lead to literacy and learning problems at school.

Early intervention can improve a child’s view of the world, increase their confidence and improve their relationships with others.

Likewise, it is never too late to seek help from a Speech Pathologist. Intervention at any time can make a huge difference to a child.

Below are some indicators that could suggest your child would benefit from sessions with a Speech Pathologist.

Children's Speech Pathologist Adelaide

Some Key Indicators

By 18 Months

If your child is not saying single words by 18 months

By 2 Years

If your child is not speaking in 2 word phrases by 2 years

By 3 Years

If your 3 year old is not clearly understood by familiar adults

Preschool

If your child is attending preschool and other children/ staff have difficulty understanding what they say

Frustration

If your child is frustrated when communicating

Comprehension

If your child has difficulty understanding what you say, or with following simple instructions

School Difficulty

If your child has general difficulties in school or at preschool

Reading and Writing

If your child has difficulty reading or writing

Contact Wendy to discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s speech and/or language development, and to arrange an initial meeting with you and your child.

How Do I Know If My Child Would Benefit from Speech Pathology?

You can speak to a speech pathologist about any concerns you may have about your child’s speech or language development. 

If you suspect that your child may need assistance, it is always best to act early- children rarely grow out of speech or language problems without assistance. Research shows that early speech and language intervention can prevent or minimise difficulties in the classroom. Difficulty communicating can lead to frustration, anxiety, poor interaction with others, undesirable behaviour, withdrawal and eventually lead to literacy and learning problems at school.

Early intervention can improve a child’s view of the world, increase their confidence and improve their relationships with others.

Likewise, it is never too late to seek help from a Speech Pathologist. Intervention at any time can make a huge difference to a child.

Below are some indicators that could suggest your child would benefit from sessions with a Speech Pathologist.

Some Key Indicators

By 18 Months

If your child is not saying single words by 18 months

By 2 Years

If your child is not speaking in 2 word phrases by 2 years

By 3 Years

If your 3 year old is not clearly understood by familiar adults

Preschool

If your child is attending preschool and other children/ staff have difficulty understanding what they say

Frustration

If your child is frustrated when communicating

Comprehension

If your child has difficulty understanding what you say, or with following simple instructions

School Difficulty

If your child has general difficulties in school or at preschool

Reading and Writing

If your child has difficulty reading or writing

Contact Wendy to discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s speech and/or language development, and to arrange an initial meeting with you and your child.

Contact Wendy

Wendy Roper

Contact Wendy

Wendy Roper
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