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Speech Pathology for Paediatric Clients

We aim to improve communication by targeting the following areas:
  • Pragmatics

    This refers to the social skills involved in communication. A child needs to know how to interact in different situations and know what is acceptable and not acceptable.

  • Auditory Perception

    This refers to the ability to remember information long enough to be able to use it.

  • Fluency

    This refers to the ability to speak without stuttering. We all have occasional dysfluencies in our speech but a child who stutters will have frequent dysfluencies.

  • Vocal Quality

    This refers to the sound of the voice. A child with disordered vocal quality may speak with a hoarse or croaky voice, speak as though they have a blocked nose or speak with too much air coming through their nose.

  • Phonological Awareness

    This refers to skills that are needed before literacy can develop. For example, counting syllables, rhyming, and breaking words up into all their sounds.

  • Articulation and Phonology (Speech)

    This refers to the physical production of sounds. Difficulties with this area may include having trouble saying a variety of sounds, substituting one sound for another sound, or being very difficult to understand when talking.

  • Expressive Language

    This refers to use of language through the following areas:

    Vocabulary: If a child has a reduced vocabulary or a difficulty retrieving words they will find it difficult to get their message across clearly and concisely.
    Grammar: A child needs to use correct word endings such as plurals, past tense and pronouns (eg ‘he/she’).
    Sentence structures: A child needs to use a range of different types of sentences that are needed for communication.

  • Receptive Language

    This refers to understanding of language through the following areas:

    Following instructions: A child needs to be able to follow instructions of increasing length accurately.
    Concepts: A child needs to understand what words mean.
    Word classes: A child needs to understand how words can be categorised and how they relate to one another.