Speech Therapy for Kids
AIM Speech Pathology provides assessment and therapy for speech and language related goals for infants all the way through to young adults. We provide individual and group therapy to achieve goals across many areas.
Speech pathologists help to diagnose and treat a range of delays and disorders that interfere with a child’s ability to communicate. They assist children to speak, listen, understand language, read, write and use social skills as well as support children who stutter, have voice disorders or difficulty with feeding. Speech therapists also work with children who have disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability and Cerebral Palsy.
Speech pathologist’s aim to help children communicate effectively through treatment to enhance language development. They support parents to improve the communication skills of their baby or toddler, assist with developing sentence structure and grammar in older children as well as help children to understand language such as the ability to follow instructions. Speech therapists also help children develop non-verbal communication such as using Key Word Signs and picture communication.
Speech therapy can also help to improve speech sounds or articulation in children. They can help diagnose a range of speech delays and disorders as well as provide therapy to improve the child’s ability to be understood by others. Stuttering is also an area that can be assessed and treated by a speech pathologist as well as voice issues such as speech sounding husky or issues with volume.
Social conversation and play skills are also important areas of communication that speech pathologist’s can help with. This ranges from engaging in appropriate play for infants and young children to supporting adolescents to converse with peers and make and maintain relationships with others.
See below for a full range of areas Speech Pathologists may be able to assist with:
- Expressive language: using language to share thoughts, feelings and ideas
- Early language: supporting babies and toddlers to talk
- Speech delays and disorders: articulation and producing speech sounds
- Receptive language: understanding language, following instructions and word meanings
- Pre-literacy and literacy skills: learning to read, write and spell
- Social skills and play skills
- PECS: using picture aids to support communication
- Fluency – supporting children who stutter
- Voice: difficulties with volume, tone and quality
AIM Speech Pathologists ensure therapy sessions are fun by tailoring sessions to children’s interests and needs. AIM Speech Pathologists enjoy working collaboratively as part of holistic care management. They have a passion for improving the quality of life and future outcomes for children with speech and language goals and their families.