Brisbane | Bayside | Northern Gold Coast
Who we are
A Brisbane Speech Therapist
Welcome to Speech Clinic. Speech Clinic™ is a Brisbane-based Mobile Speech Pathology Practice. We support children between 18 months to 18 years, diagnosing and treating a variety of speech, language and literacy difficulties. We assess and treat children within their homes across the greater Brisbane, Redlands, Moreton Bay and Northern Gold Coast regions.
Why Should You Choose Us?
See three great reasons why you should choose Speech Clinic below
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
Lauren is a Certified Practising Speech and Language Pathologist and active member of Speech Pathology Australia. Lauren works exclusively with children as a paediatric clinician. Lauren has a strong interest in evidence-based practice, working previously as a medical researcher with the Queensland Brain Institute and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.
Save your time and money travelling
We are a Mobile Speech Pathologist
Save time travelling across Brisbane. We provide Speech Therapy in the comfort of your child's own home. Our appointments are flexible. This means we have multiple time slots to suit school-aged children.
We complete assessments and treat children within their most naturalistic environment - their home. We strive to offer the highest level of family-centred practice and tailor our therapy to suit each child and family’s individual needs.
Gold Standard Treatment
We consistently offer the highest level of evidence-based practices, including gold standard treatments. We draw upon current research, consider your child’s individual profile to offer a therapy plan which is tailored to your child’s unique needs.
B.Biomed.Sc(Hons.1) MSpPathSt(Hons.1) CPSP
Hello, I'm Lauren the Founder of Speech Clinic, a Speech Therapist based in South East Queensland.
Before working within speech pathology, I studied and worked within the medical research field where I developed a passion for research and evidence-based practice. I have experience working with young toddlers through to late-stage teens in a variety of areas - speech clarity, language impairments, complex communication and disability, reading and writing, stuttering and social communication. I love nothing more than to create and provide intervention plans and approaches to support children and teens overcome their challenges and experience success within their home and schooling environments.
What is Speech Pathology?
What is Speech Pathology?
Answer: The assessment, diagnosis and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders.
- Speech Pathology stems from two key words: speech meaning communication and pathology or pathologist meaning someone who studies cause and effect.
- Together, they collectively refer to a person who assesses, diagnoses and provides therapy for communication disorders.
- A paediatric speech pathologist supports children from 18 months through to 18 years.
Speech Clinic™ offers assessments and therapy for speech sound difficulties, language difficulties, fluency difficulties, reading, writing and social communication. Speech Clinic™ happily offers guidance on accessing services for families who are seeking secretion management, swallowing and voice rehabilitation. Follow the surrounding links to learn more about these clinical areas.
What is Speech Clarity?
What is Speech Clarity?
Answer: The ability to speak clearly to be understood.
Speech clarity refers to how clearly a person’s speech is produced - that is, how accurately a person is pronouncing their speech sounds. Speech clarity development begins as early as X months, when infants develop the ability to make p, b, w and m sounds. By three years of age, a child should be clear at least 75% of the time when they are interacting with an unfamiliar person. By 5 years of age, a child’s speech should almost be adult-like in its clarity.
What is Fluency?
What is Fluency?
Answer: The ability to speak smoothly.
Fluency refers to how smoothly words are said. A breakdown in fluency leads to a speech disorder known as ‘stuttering’. A child who stutters may repeat sounds, words or phrases. They may also stretch out their sounds or it may seem that their words ‘get caught’ or blocked in their throat.
What is Language?
What is Language?
Answer: The ability to understand and use words and sentences to share meaning.
Language is a large clinical area which involves both how we understand (receptive) and use (expressive) words and sentences. A person may have difficulty in either or both domains. A younger child who is experiencing language difficulties, may have difficulty understanding instructions or with using words or sentences. An older child with language difficulties may have difficulty understanding or telling stories.
What is Literacy?
What is Literacy?
Answer: The ability to read and write.
Speech pathologists also support children who experience literacy difficulties - namely, difficulties with reading or writing. A speech pathologist can provide support for reading accuracy, slow or effortful reading or reading comprehension. Speech pathologists can also provide intervention for writing difficulties - whether for writing sentences or in specific genres, or for spelling.
What is Social Communication?
What is Social Communication?
Answer: The ability to use language socially to interact and play with others.
Social communication refers to how a child uses their language socially to interact with their peers. A child who has difficulties with social communication may find it difficult to use and understand others’ body language (or, non-verbal communication). Children who have social communication difficulties, may also find it difficult to initiate and maintain friendships and may experience frustration or anxiety when interacting with peers. Understanding and making predictions about other peoples’ thoughts and feelings may also be associated with social communication difficulties.
Our Speech Pathology Articles
As a parent, being armed with the latest evidence-backed information is key. We strive to provide you with authoritative articles, backed by real evidence. Enjoy these articles below.
How Speech Pathologists Support Children in PrepFluency, Kindy, Language Development, Literacy, Social Communication, Speech Clarity, Speech Pathology
Towards the end of term 1, parents commonly sit down with their little one’s prep teacher. This is an opportunity for strengths and challenges from the term to be discussed. Many difficulties that children may experience in prep stem from a speech, language or literacy basis – areas that speech pathologists assess, diagnose and treat within.Read More...
What should I expect of my kindy-aged child’s speech sound and language development?Kindy, Speech Clarity, Speech Pathology
Parents often wonder about what speech and language skills their child will need for kindy. With prep right around the corner, no time is to be wasted ensuring that your child is set up for success. When children are between 3.5-4.5 years of age, they are expected to be well on their way with their speech-sound, language and emergent-literacy milestones.
Kindy-aged children should,
Speech-sound development:Read More...
Kindy children’s speech should be clear and understandable 75% of the time when talking with unfamiliar people
The starting, middle and final sounds in words should always be included in their spoken words (e.g., bird, hammer, carrot)
You should be hearing bigger, multi-syllabic words in their speech (e.g., bunny, banana, computer)
Kindy children should be able to produce early stop sounds (t, d, p, b), fricative sounds (s, z, sh, f) and velar sounds (k, g)
Why we use Games in Speech TherapySpeech Pathology
If you have been accessing therapy, or are awaiting your first therapy session, you may wonder why you see your therapist approaching with games in tow. Apart from offering the obvious fun, games are used in sessions for several important reasons:
Supporting initial shyness: Some children may feel shy when therapy first begins. If they do have insight into their difficulties, interacting with a new person who is here to help with their challenges may be the last thing they want to do. By playing a game, this initial shyness can be overcome. Enthusiasm, giggles and laughter are great ways to build rapport with a new therapist.Read More...
Feeling of Success: Speech Pathology can be an intensive, individual therapy form. When challenges are present, games can be a great way for children to feel successful. By integrating games, children may feel that they are in a position of knowledge or control
Stuttering in Children, Should I be Worried?Fluency, Speech Pathology
Stuttering is perhaps one of the most known communication disorders. We all often know someone who stutters, and with Hollywood’s exposure in ‘The King’s Speech’ the debilitating impacts of chronic stuttering have become wildly known.
But we also know that many children stutter – particularly in their early years. We often have many questions from parents asking if this is typical. Put simply, sometimes it is…and sometimes it is not.
Around 2 to 3 years of age (when their spoken language is blooming) it is completely typical for children to become disfluent. This essentially reflects the speech sound and language systems developing and expanding from early word combining to sentence use. Often, parents will see periods of disfluency correlating with “language blooms”. But when stuttering persists over an extended period, becomes more significant over time, or overlaps with secondary characteristics (e.g., eye blinking, facial movements, a fear of talking) it is time to get a second opinion.Read More...
Why is Reading so Difficult for my Child?Literacy, Speech Pathology
Home readers, sight words, NAPLAN….while these words are just an ordinary part of the schooling experience for some, for others, they bring huge stress and angst. Often difficulties with these experiences arise from a breakdown in reading. Despite consistent efforts with daily homework, some children continue to be slow, effortful, frustrated readers. A question we often receive from our families, is: “why is it so hard for us to grasp?”. Unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer to this question, because reading is such a complex process.
To be a successful reader a child (or adult) has to perform two tasks. Firstly – they must accurately decode (or sound out, or recognise) the words on the page. Secondly – they must be able to extract and hold onto the information on the page (that is, they must comprehend what they have read). Children may have difficulty with either or both of these tasks.Read More...
Is your child having too much screen time? How much is too much?Speech Pathology
A question and concern that I often receive clinically from parents relates to screen time and ‘how much is too much?’. This can be a tricky question to answer. In our modern society, it feels like IT and media is forever becoming more accessible and in-our-face. On top of that, children seem to possess a keen ability for technology – somehow, they are just so good at using it. When we consider busy mums and dad’s trying to balance the demands of daily life it is so easy to understand why screen time is an easy option that can free up many hands.Read More...
3 Ways to Get the Best out of Your Speech Therapy SessionFluency, Language Development, Literacy, Social Communication, Speech Clarity, Speech Pathology
Not all therapy sessions are created equal! How well our little ones can engage and remain focused can have a huge impact on how they respond to therapy work. With therapy sessions only lasting for 45 minutes, it is critical that this time is used effectively to maximise outcomes. Luckily there are golden tips and tricks that you can use to help your little one get the most out of their next speech therapy session!Read More...
Early intervention, how early is too early?Fluency, Kindy, Language Development, Literacy, Speech Clarity, Speech Pathology, Speech Pathology The Animated Series
We also know that speech, language, play, and cognition are all inter-related and are skills which build upon each other over time. In this way, children develop their communication abilities in a step-wise, hierarchical manner. It is unlikely that a child will suddenly start having conversations at 3 years of age, if they have not consolidated their ability to use single words, word combinations and early phrases. In clinical practice, speech pathologists provide intervention to children as young as 16 – 18 months of age. When we also consider that children are expected to have a well developed oral language system before starting prep at age 4.5-5 years, we begin to see how critical their early years are for preparing for ongoing success.Read More...
The Impacts of Hearing Difficulties upon Speech and Language DevelopmentLanguage Development, Speech Clarity, Speech Pathology
To try and minimise the impacts of blocked ears upon your little one’s speech and language development, continue to monitor their hearing. Do you they ask you to repeat your instructions? Will they consistently turn to their name? Have you seen them rubbing or clutching at their ears? Always remember that blocked ears can arise without significant symptoms. Continue monitoring your child’s listening abilities to be sure that you catch any hearing difficulties early on! A trip to the GP can put any fears or concerns that you may have to rest.Read More...
Speech & Language MilestonesLanguage Development, Speech Clarity, Speech Pathology
A child’s speech and language development is a highly complex, intricate process. Even during periods when it may seem like they are plateauing at a certain development level, their brain is consistently absorbing and processing adult models of speech and language forms. The entire process is a complex yet rapidly occurring one, with an adult-like speech sound and language system emerging by 5 years of age. Of course speech and language development will continue to develop after this point, however at a much slower rate and such significant gains will not be observed. In 5 short years, a child will progress from a largely non-verbal state to a connected state, capable to maintaining a conversation with at least 90% clarity. At 5 years, children can share events and stories, ask questions, share their opinions and you may also see the start of negotiations and complex descriptions emerging. They will continue to develop from this point, but they no longer are highly dependent upon their parent to understand and support their communication attempts.Read More...