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Speech Pathology

Paediatric Allied Health

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathologists support a variety of client needs to allow them to communicate and interact with their peers as well as eat and participate in mealtimes.

"Working at Lifespan Therapies has given me the opportunity to grow as a clinician as well as work in a multi-disciplinary team that provide the upmost support to both clinicians and clients ensuring we can support our clients to blossom!"

Kelsey Place - Speech Pathologist

Language

Pre-intentional/preverbal language verbal/expressive language, comprehension/receptive language, social communication and cognition (attention, memory, executive function).

Speech

Articulation, phonology, motor speech therapies, as well as structural assessment of oral structures for example tongue tie.

Swallowing

Oral function for eating/drinking and meal time management.

Literacy

Including phonological awareness, decoding and encoding strategies (Sounds Write Trained) and work on narrative retell skills.

Multi-modal communication (AAC)

Augmentative and alternative assistive technology including low and high tech trials and establishing robust communication systems

Stuttering

stuttering in children and techniques/programs to build fluency and choice/control. Including but not limited to Lidcombe and Westmead programs .

AAC Alternative Augmentative Communication

Communication is so much more than verbal!

Our Speech Pathologists' also support clients in using many forms of AAC.

AAC supports clients who may never verbally communicate, who need extra time to develop verbal communication skills and our speeches also use AAC in every session to support comprehension!

We use and implement a variety of AAC including:

  • Key Word Sign
  • Core Word Boards
  • Low tech PODD
  • Eye gaze Devices
  • SGDs (Speech Generating Devices)
  • Switches

Many children need support with their verbal communication.

At Lifespan Therapy, we help children with the development of speech sounds, the formation of sentences through word combination, and the acquisition of language comprehension skills.

Strategies that we use include but are not limited to:

  • Early Language Strategy Implementation
  • HANEN "It takes two to talk" program
  • Phonology Based Intervention
  • Articulation Intervention

Our Speech Pathologists can support children with difficulties in Literacy, Social Communications and School Skills.

To ensure effective intervention, At Lifespan Therapies, we utilise various strategies.

Including but not limited to the use of the Sounds Write literacy program, group programs that foster social communication, targeted language intervention (Sentence structure, description skills, word use, preposition, plural work, narrative retell skills, and more!). Additionally, we offer intervention that centres on the use of pragmatic skills and communication.

Orofacial Myology (OM)

Speech and feeding starts with the physical structure and function of our mouths.

Speech Pathologists at Lifespan Therapies are able to support clients to develop the correct movement and strength within their mouths, allowing for greater outcomes with feeding in infants and children, as well as speech and lisps.

Our Speech Pathologists are also trained in assessing and supporting clients who have lip, tongue or buccal ties!

That's right, it's not just about the words!

Our Speech Pathologists are not only skilled in addressing communication and language issues, but also in providing support for feeding and mealtime concerns.

We understand that feeding and mealtime difficulties can manifest in a variety of ways, which is why our speeches can help with various challenges such as:

Swallowing
Early food skills
Food aversions
Limited diet
Mealtime management and Support
Transition from tube to oral feeding