We love helping and making a difference in children’s lives!
Children develop their language skills at different rates, but there is a general pattern to children’s talking and listening skills.
If your child is having difficulty understanding what you say, and/or being understood by others, we highly recommended a full speech and language assessment.
Children use language to:
- Learn about themselves
- Learn about their own, and other cultures
- Participate in class
- Interact with others and form friendships
- Analyse information
- Use their imagination
- Make decisions about personal and social issues
When to seek help
Any difficulties with speech and/or language development can lead to difficulties academically and in participating socially with peers.
A speech pathologist is professionally trained to advise, diagnose and work with people of all ages who have difficulty communicating.
If you have concerns about your child’s speech or language, or if he/she sounds different to the ages and stages outlined in our developmental milestones guide, phone us on 4721 4766 to speak with one of our friendly speech pathologists.
All our programs are conducted by and include our wonderful speech pathologists
Social Skills Program
A social skills program aimed at improving the children’s non-verbal (i.e. eye contact) and verbal communication skills.
The program will be largely based on Social Thinking but will also include parts of Alex Kelly’s Social Skills for Children program, PALS program, and Hanen ‘Talkability’.
We will aim at helping the children to have the skills to make and maintain friends.
This includes greetings, joining in, having a go, following rules of games, starting and continuing conversations, understanding and communicating feelings (e.g. anxiety, anger), persevering with games and friends, recognising and responding to feelings, dealing with conflict, cooperating, unstructured play, and improving eye contact.
The next Social Skills Program will be running in September 2017, click here to see details on our next Social Skills program.
Literacy Skills Groups
Through the school holidays, we will be running a literacy program, aimed at improving children’s spelling and reading through phonemic awareness activities.
Phonemic awareness skills assist children in identifying individual sounds in words and blending them into words in order to read and spell.
The program will target counting syllables, producing rhyming words, identifying letters and their sounds, and segmenting (splitting) & blending (joining) sounds in words.
The children will have the opportunity to learn through book reading and multi-sensory activities.
At the completion of each session, your child will be given a homework program that you can complete at home to continue developing their reading and spelling sounds.