Children

Ipswich Speech Pathology Clinic can assist children from 0-18 years who may be experiencing difficulties in the following areas:

Speech Clarity/Articulation and Motor Speech Difficulties

Children may present with difficulties using the correct speech sounds in words by substituting one sound for another or omitting sounds in words. These difficulties may range from mild to severe and can make it difficult for the child to be understood.

Early Communication Skills

Children may experience difficulty understanding and using words, phrases and sentences to communicate effectively. They may present as late talkers.

Language and Learning Difficulties

Children may experience difficulties with comprehension and expression including the areas of grammar/sentence construction and vocabulary. These may include difficulty:

  • Understanding and following instructions
  • Understanding & responding to questions
  • Producing complete sentences using correct grammar and word order
  • Using correct vocabulary to express themselves clearly
  • Describing and explaining events clearly, in detail and in the correct order
  • Understanding jokes and sayings and the meanings behind words
  • Using language skills in reading and writing tasks

Literacy/Phonological Awareness

Children may experience difficulties with reading, writing and phonological awareness. This may include difficulties hearing syllables, sounds and rhyming in words, and difficulties in applying these skills when spelling and reading.

Auditory Processing

Children with suspected or diagnosed Auditory Processing Disorder find it difficult to process the information they hear as the auditory signal may be delayed or distorted in some way. As a result children may experience comprehension and literacy difficulties.

Social Skills

Children experiencing difficulties in the area of social skills may struggle with relating to others appropriately in various contexts.  They may find it difficult to maintain a conversation, interpret body language and respond in a way expected by others.

Swallowing/Eating

Children may present with difficulties safely swallowing and/or eating.  They may experience sensory problems with food textures and temperatures which may limit the variety of foods they eat.

Stuttering

Difficulties with fluency may include:

  • Repeating single sounds in words ( I saw a s-s-s-snake.)
  • Repeating parts of words ( I we-we-we-went to the park.) and/or whole words (My my my my cat is at home.)
  • Repeating phrases (I can I can I can ride my bike.)
  • Drawing out or prolonging sounds in words (I wwwwant an ice-cream.)
  • Experiencing sound blocks when trying to produce a sound or word during conversation

Voice

Difficulties with voice may include:

  • Sounding hoarse, harsh, breathy and/or nasal while speaking
  • Speaking without variable vocal pitch
  • Speaking at a pitch that is too high or too low
  • Speaking too loudly or too softly
  • Complete or intermittent loss of voice