Speech Pathology Clinic

By: Well Said Clinic  29-Jan-2014
Keywords: Speech Pathology, Speech Pathologist, Speech Pathology Services

Assessment To ensure that you have a clear understanding of your child’s skills the following comprehensive assessments may be required. Articulation or Speech Assessment – this is generally performed by Administration of a formal test which measures what sounds your child can /cannot produce Recording of your child’s conversational speech to be further analysed Oral Language Assessment – conducted with The use of nationally accepted standardised test/s analysis of conversation / monologue in terms of structure and sequence Pragmatic language skills – the use of language in a social context Voice – analysis of the tone, pitch and quality of voice use Stuttering – the evaluation of speech fluency and the level of disruption caused by stuttering behaviours such as repetition, elongation, blocking etc Learning Difficulties – skills such as phonological awareness (ability to recognise and manipulate sounds within words) will be analysed. The assessment will include the following: Discussion of the case history information that you have already provided which will take approximately 10 minutes Assessment session – administration of appropriate assessment tools which may take between 30 – 90 minutes. Parents will be invited to observe the assessment Analysis of the assessment material will occur prior to the following feedback session Feedback session with the parents within one week to fully and clearly explain the results and discuss the recommended next steps which may include the intervention plan, additional assessment required or referral to an appropriate alternative professional. This session will take approximately 30minutes Provision of a report outlining the results in readily understood language Diagnosis Assessments provide vital information regarding the current status of your childs language and the opportunity to detect any deficits early! Following the assessment, you will be invited back for a feedback session so that the results can be clearly explained with an opportunity for any questions to be addressed. This will include outlining both strengths and weaknesses and a plan of action (next steps). These services are included in the assessment cost. With your permission we will seek to add any additional information from other sources such as teachers, medical professionals, psychologists, occupational therapists, audiologists and the like to ensure that all relevant and appropriate material is added to the eventual diagnosis and outcome. This process allows us to make a diagnosis. Back to top Intervention Following the comprehensive assessment, an intervention program is devised. It is recognised that each child and family require a program that suits needs and abilities. The intervention program is devised by using best practice strategies such as: Evidence from the assessment The expertise of the speech-language pathologist The needs, abilities and requirements of the family Flexible activities and tasks that ensure ongoing engagement and success We believe that it is only when the speech-language pathologist and the family work collaboratively together that the best outcomes can be achieved. Intervention typically includes parent/s and child participating in the therapy session followed by practice sessions at home on a regular basis. Sessions are typically 30 – 40 minutes in length although the timing is adjusted as appropriate. Resources and information required for home activities will be provided. Regular practice of skills is essential to ensure progress and success. Attendance at sessions is important to provide ongoing advice and assistance and typically will be performed on a fortnightly, 3 weekly or monthly basis. As individual circumstances are different, the timing of sessions will organised to suit individual need.

Keywords: Speech Pathologist, Speech Pathology, Speech Pathology Clinic, Speech Pathology Services, Speech Therapist