When a child is growing up, their communication skills gives them access to the world and to people around them. Children learn to speak with other people and form their own thoughts with words. Some children struggle with this. This can be because their language skills need a helping hand or their speech is not clear. The earlier these struggles are identified and addressed, the better for the child.
We strive to improve your child’s ability to produce sounds and words.
Even if your child can repeat all the sounds, they might get them muddled up when they’re talking, or leave sounds out altogether.
Development of your child’s understanding and expression of language.
Your child might have trouble shaping different sounds correctly, for example, /r/ or /s/.
Difficulty planning the movements needed for speech.
We aim to provide your child with the skills required to improve their speech production.
Improving your child’s reading, writing, spelling and listening skills.
Promoting your child’s language, cognitive (mental) and social development.
Promoting your child’s speech, language and social language skills.
Improving your child’s speech skills. It is common for children with cleft lip and / or palate to develop speech difficulties particularly with nasal sounds, for example, /m/ and /n/.
Your child may have a voice that sounds hoarse or breathy.
Hearing difficulties may have an impact on your child’s speech and language skills.
Improving your child’s ability to communicate in groups or with other children will greatly impact on their confidence.
The same muscles for speech are used for eating and drinking. Weakness or difficulty coordinating these muscles results in difficulty chewing and swallowing.
We provide evaluation and therapy for children who have difficulties with eating such as problems with chewing, pocketing food and holding it in their mouth, frequent coughing and / or choking on food and liquids.
We also provide evaluation and therapy for children who are “problem feeders” which can be defined as the following: