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Speech Pathology in Perth

What is Speech Therapy?

“Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. They work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other problems that can affect speech and language. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.”  Speech Pathology Australia website.

What do Paediatric Speech Therapists look for?

This largely depends on a child’s age and the reason for referral, but a Speech Pathologist will look for the underlying causes for why communication or learning is not working well for your child. They will ask for information about their early development and the difficulties as you perceive them, as well as your goals for your child.  This information combined will guide the Speech Pathologist to start looking at particular areas.

Communication is quite complex, and children need to be proficient in all areas to be good communicators. Speech Pathologists break language development into many different components, so that they can accurately identify children’s difficulties and determine the skills to work on. At a very simple level, Speech Pathologists divide language development into Receptive Language (what is understood) and Expressive Language (talking), as well as Literacy.

Speech Pathology at iThrive West Leederville

iThrive West Leederville have proudly combined with the team at Pursuit Speech Pathology to provide Speech Pathology services from our premises here in West Leederville. Kate Brown of Pursuit Speech Pathology has many years experience in the field and is well renowned. Read more about Kate by clicking here.

Perth Speech Pathology

  • Processing of sound (auditory processing)

-          Identifying where sound is coming from (sound location)

-          hearing the differences between sounds (auditory discrimination)

-          active listening and remembering sounds or words (auditory memory)

  • Talking clearly (articulation)

  • Vocabulary – remembering and using a good range of words and parts of speech

  • Grammar (sentence structure) – understanding and using sentences

  • Executive functioning – the frontal lobe functions of the brain that organise the other thinking processes (including working memory, multitasking, attention).

  • Pre-literacy skills (including metalinguistics and phonological awareness– hearing, understanding and thinking about words and sounds)

  • Literacy – reading, writing, remembering, understanding (comprehension) spelling

  • Fluency (absence of stuttering)

  • Understanding (comprehension)

-          basic word concepts

-          following instructions

-          being able to understand connected speech

-          answering questions

  • Telling stories (oral narrative, including personal retells and recounting stories)

  • Categorising – understanding how things are grouped and related

  • Voice – including volume, absence of vocal abuse

  • Social skills – the social use of language

  • The use of non-verbal language skills (pragmatic)

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If you think your child may benefit from Speech Therapy, book an appointment today or call us to speak to a Speech Therapist today.