speechcare for children

Communication begins at birth and is how we connect and bond with our children

Delayed or disordered speech and language development can lead to a breakdown in communication with our children. Early assessment and intervention is therefore vital to ensure that children achieve their maximum potential in communication development. It also helps alleviate some of the associated difficulties of communication break-down such as frustration, withdrawal and socialisation difficulties.

The Speechcare team is experienced in dealing with children. We know how to make them feel comfortable and to make therapy fun. 

Communication Problems treated at Speechcare:

Language Delay

This includes children who:

  • are late talkers
  • have limited vocabulary development
  • find it difficult to express themselves
  • do not understand well or experience difficulty following directions

norms for language development

Speech Delay

This includes children who:

  • Are difficult to understand
  • Find it difficult to sequence sounds correctly
  • Produce speech sound errors beyond the acceptable age. This may include sound substitutions, distortions and deletions.

norms for speech sound production

Stuttering

This includes children who produce repetitions, prolongations, and blocking of sounds and syllables.

Your child knows what he wants to say but is unable to produce it because of the presence of these dysfluencies.

Literacy Difficulties

This includes children who:

  • find it difficult to learn the decoding skills necessary for learning to read or the encoding skills necessary for learning to spell
  • May be able to read but find it difficult to comprehend the text

Feeding Difficulties

For a variety of reasons babies and children have problems with feeding and eating at mealtimes.

For babies this may be include:

  • problems with sucking and swallowing,
  • refusal of food or bottles,
  • long or difficult feed times
  • and/or problems with gaining weight.

For toddlers and young children this may include

  • difficulties with the skills required to eat and drink including biting, chewing and swallowing.  
  • Food refusal resulting in a very limited range of foods or a restricted way in which they will accept foods. 

Voice Disorders

This includes children who:

  • Have husky voices as a result of incorrect use of their voice
  • have unusual intonation patterns
  • use inappropriately loud or soft voices

Referrals

Parents can refer directly to Speechcare and we also receive referrals from GPs Paediatricians, ENT specialists, audiologists, teachers, Occupational Therapits, Physiotherapists, psychologists and dietitians.

Sometimes your speech pathologist may recommend a referral to a Medical practitioner or allied health professional for further investigation. A referral to an audiologist for a hearing test is often recommended as adequate hearing is vital for speech and language development.

What to Expect at Your First Visit

The child and his parents/ caregiver attend together. Your child is provided with some interesting toys and activities while the speech pathologist speaks with you about your concerns for your child and goes through the questionnaire you have completed about your child’s history (developmental, medical, educational, social and family) To download the questionnaire go to the download section of the website.

Depending on your child’s age and stage of language development, the speech pathologist then assesses your child using a variety of standardized and naturalistic assessments tools. At all times he/she is made to feel comfortable and at ease. Assessment tasks are done in a fun way and lots of positive reinforcement is provided.

Following assessment, a report is prepared (if required) which includes recommendations. If therapy is recommended, session times are organized and you and your child return for the follow-up appointments.

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What to Expect at Subsequent Sessions

Therapy sessions are fun and the emphasis is on achieving therapy goals using games and play-based techniques as much as possible.

Home practice is strongly recommended and these activities will be explained thoroughly during the session. We encourage you to ask questions if at any stage you are unclear about any aspect of the assessment or therapy programme

Alternative Service Delivery

Speechcare speech pathologists may in some circumstances provide home visits. At Speechcare we are also able to provide therapy via telehealth. We currently do this using Skype technology.

Alternative and Augmentative Communication

For children with little or no speech, specialist support can be offered in the area of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). This can range from compiling a simple communication or visual scheduling board to programming a complex speech generating device (SGD). Assistance in trialing different SGDs and applying for funding to Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (M.A.S.S.) can be arranged.

 

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