Parents may be worried about their child's speech clarity, their understanding and/or use of spoken language, or their ability to socialise, make friends and play. A speech and language therapist can assess these skills through picture-based activities, observations and consultations with parents and school staff. Assessment results may indicate that your child's skills are in fact within the expected range for their age; or, difficulties may be identified, and advice given. Sometimes this is all that is needed. Alternatively, it may be that your child would benefit from direct or indirect Speech and Language Therapy.

If you have concerns similar to any of these below, then get in touch for a chat; Speech and Language Therapy can help:


SPEECH SOUNDS
I can't understand my child when he's talking
My child has 'lazy speech'
She misses sounds out, or uses the wrong sounds, when she's talking

UNDERSTANDING SPOKEN LANGUAGE
My child can't follow instructions
He doesn't remember what I tell him
She gets confused and can't follow a story or a description
He has difficulty understanding concepts and ideas, such as times (yesterday, tomorrow, last year, in a sec)
She has problems learning and remembering new words

USING LANGUAGE
She often uses the wrong words
He gets his words and sentences in a muddle; his sentences don't always make sense
She knows what she wants to say, but can't find the right words when she's talking, so she gives up or gets frustrated
He gets stuck when he's trying to tell me a story, or tell me about his day

SOCIAL COMMUNICATION
He takes things literally, and doesn't get the joke
He likes some of his toys, but doesn't play with them in expected ways
She finds it difficult to make friends and join in
He often gets the wrong end of the stick; he misinterprets
She finds it hard to see things from other people's points of view

 OTHER DIFFICULTIES
My child stammers
He can't focus his attention in class, and has difficulty listening
She has difficulty learning to read and write