Services

The Speech Pathologists at Galston Speech Language Pathologists have a wide range of experience in the assessment and treatment of communication difficulties. They continue to develop their skills through active participation in professional development and continuing education.

Specific areas of expertise include:

Speech: The ability to produce the sounds required for clear speech.

Language:

  • Comprehension / Receptive Language: The ability to understand what is being said, follow directions and understand concepts.
  • Expressive Language: The ability to form sentences, use grammar, use appropriate vocabulary and adequately retrieve words.
  • Pragmatics: Using the social rules of language to effectively communicate in social situations.

Stuttering / Fluency: The interruption to the normal flow of speech.

Voice:  The pitch, volume, tone and quality of the voice.

Literacy:

  • Phonological Awareness: The ability to distinguish and manipulate the individual sounds in words.
  • Reading: The ability to identify and sequence sounds into words and recognise written words and the ability to extract meaning from written information.
  • Spelling: The knowledge and use of spelling rules.

Assessment

An initial assessment is required to determine the specific needs of your child and the best approach to therapy if indicated.

Assessment may include observations, discussion and testing to determine your child’s strengths and weaknesses and usually takes between 1 to 2 hours.

Assessment results and therapy options are discussed with the parent.

Treatment / Therapy

Having determined clinical goals, therapy is tailored to the specific needs of the child or adolescent. The Speech Pathologists at the practice support evidence based practice.

Therapy involves education, training and practice and is offered on a sessional basis. Sessions are usually 30 or 45 minutes with consideration to the type of intervention and the age of the child.

At Galston Speech Language Pathologists there is an expectation that the child’s parent(s) or caregiver(s) have a role in their child’s treatment outcomes with activities to be practised at home to maximise the positive outcomes of therapy.

Professional Liaison

The Speech Pathologists at Galston Speech Language Pathologists work closely with other paediatric health and education professionals both in confidential client liaison and also in education and professional development.

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