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Speech Clinic

Speech Therapist

Hi, I'm Lauren, the Founder of Speech Clinic.
We are a Brisbane-based Mobile Speech Therapy Practice.
We work with children aged 18 months to 18 years,
and diagnose and treat a wide variety of speech and language difficulties.

Lauren Crumlish Speech Pathology

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4 reasons to choose

Speech Clinic

  1. 1

    Lauren is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

    Lauren (Our Clinician) is a Certified Practising Speech and Language Pathologist. Previously, she worked as a medical researcher at the Queensland Brain Institute and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

  2. 2

    We Come To You: We're Mobile

    Save time travelling across Brisbane. We provide Speech Therapy in the comfort of your child's own home. We also have the capacity to liase with your child's teachers and early educators.

  3. 3

    Flexible Appointments: Daytime, After School + Weekends

    We all have busy lives, that is why we provide daytime, after school and weekend appointments.

  4. 4

    Transparent Pricing

    We believe in transparent pricing, so you know the cost up front. That's why we list all of our pricing online.

Lauren Crumlish Speech Pathologist

Meet Lauren

B.Biomed.Sc(Hons.1) MSpPathSt(Hons.1) CPSP

Founder & Clinician at Speech Clinic

Hi, 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 practise. 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 your child’s speech therapy treatment may look like

1. Initial Assessment

An initial assessment allows us to assess your child and compare their communication abilities against average age expectations and developmental norms. This will provide us with the knowledge to make an individualised treatment plan for your child.

2. Regular Appointments

Our therapy is fun and tailored to your child’s learning style and developmental level. Together we will work towards our short term and long term goals.

3. Monitoring and Reflection

We consistently reflect on our work together and your child’s progress to ensure that we are on track. Through close monitoring we can readjust our approaches if needed and we can reflect on your child’s progress and celebrate.

Our Pricing

We are a mobile clinic, perfectly equipped to assess and provide therapy in the most natural environment for your child - within their home. Together, we craft an individualised, family-focused intervention plan that will suit your and your child’s needs.

Our therapy rate includes 45-minutes of therapy with Lauren (B.Biomed.Sc(Hons.1) MSpPathSt(Hons.1) CPSP), behind-the-scenes planning and preparation and travel*. Our standard session length is 45 minutes, but we can easily cater for shorter or longer periods. Below is our pricing, which includes our standard therapy session rate ($100) and our assessment rates.

Please note: You may require an initial assessment. We have included Assessment pricing below.

Therapy Sessions
$100

Per Session

  • 45 Minute Treatment Session
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
  • We Travel to You
  • Private Health Compliant
  • Medicare Compliant
  • Children 18 months - 18 years
Short Assessment
$220

Once-off Assessment

  • 60 Minute Assessment
  • Includes Diagnostic Resources
  • Written Assessment Summary
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
  • We Travel to You
  • Private Health Compliant
  • Medicare Compliant
Medium Assessment
$440

Once-off Assessment

  • 90 Minute Assessment
  • Includes Diagnostic Resources
  • Written Assessment Summary
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
  • We Travel to You
  • Private Health Compliant
  • Medicare Compliant
Long Assessment
$620

Once-off Assessment

  • 150 Minute Assessment
  • Includes Diagnostic Resources
  • Written Assessment Summary
  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist
  • We Travel to You
  • Private Health Compliant
  • Medicare Compliant
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We come to you

Mobile Speech Therapist

We are a mobile clinic, perfectly equipped to assess and provide therapy in the most natural environment for your child - within their home. Together, we craft an individualised, family-focused intervention plan that will suit your and your child’s needs.

About Speech Pathology

  • What is Speech Pathology?
    The assessment, diagnosis and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders
    1. Speech Pathology stems from two key words: speech meaning communication and pathology or pathologist meaning someone who studies cause and effect.
    2. Together, they collectively refer to a person who assesses, diagnoses and provides therapy for communication disorders.
    3. 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?
    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 do we mean by 'Language'?
    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?
    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 Fluency?
    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 Social Communication?
    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.

The Latest from our

Speech Pathology Blog


Why we use Games in Speech Therapy

October 2nd 2017 in Blog
Speech Therapy session in Brisbane

If you have been accessing therapy, or are awaiting your first speech 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 (particularly if they are winning or teaching the therapist how to play!). These feelings of confidence can enable more participation which then underpins progress.
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Stuttering in Children

Should you be worried?

October 1st 2017 in Blog
Brisbane Speech Therapy Stuttering

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.

For children that are experiencing fluency difficulties, Speech Clinic provides Lidcombe based intervention. This gold-standard approach to paediatric fluency is a parental-based program that aims to achieve fluency in the young child. Using this evidence-based approach, together we consider the speech, language, emotional, social and physical factors impacting upon fluency, and tailor our therapy to achieve fluency across varied contexts.

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Why is reading so difficult for my child?

April 9th 2017 in Blog
Speech Pathology

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...

Because of this specialist role, speech pathologists are able to help with reading and literacy in ways that other health and educational professionals may not. An assessment should specifically consider:

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Is your child having too much screen time? How much is too much?

March 25th 2017 in Blog
Speech Therapy Children

Children, and particularly young children, need to experience hands-on exploration and back-and-forth social interactions with their care-giver to support their cognitive, language, physical, and social-emotional skills. It seems that young children are not able to learn from technology and IT in the same manner. In these younger years, they are just not able to translate and extend information from apps to the real world around them. And while there may be some merit for preschoolers (aged 3-5 years) engaging with educational programs such as Sesame Street, unfortunately the higher-order thinking skills and executive functional skills critical for school success (e.g., task endurance, emotional regulation) are ideally acquired through unstructured, social play.

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3 Ways to Get the Best out of Your Speech Therapy Session

Updated: 5th October 2017 in Blog
Speech Therapy Children

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 our work together. 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!

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Early intervention, how early is too early?

11th March 2017 in Blog
Children's Early Intervention Speech and Language Pathology

Research indicates that early intervention is one way to minimise the impacts of speech and language difficulties long term. The power of early intervention, lays in the fact that the paediatric brain is most ‘plastic’ (meaning: flexible or capable of change) during the first three years of life. It has also been demonstrated that therapy is likely to be more effective when administered in the early years.

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.

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Childhood Speech & Language Milestones

9th March 2017 in Blog
Speech Therapy Children
  • 0-3 months: Your baby will smile and will show different types of cries. He or she will also be exploring sounds and will play with cooing.

  • 4-6 months: Your baby will demonstrate lots of vocal play and will truly enter the babbling stage.

  • 6-8 months: Your baby’s babbling will keep developing and you will hear new sounds in amongst their early outbursts

  • 8-12 months: Babbling will continue to occur and more purposeful non-verbal communication will emerge. Your baby’s first words will likely come around their first birthday. They likely will be unclear however should be used with purpose - e.g., “Mama!”

  • 1-2 years: As your baby’s number of words continues to grow, their rate of babbling will decrease. 2-word combinations and questions may be forming (e.g., where’s daddy?)

  • 2-3 years: Your child’s word bank will continue to grow at a rapid rate. They will be clear when talking with an unfamiliar communication partner around 50-75% of the time. They will also be combining words together as faster rates, and phrases and simple sentences will begin to emerge.

  • 3-4 years: Expressive language will continue to blossom and your child will transition into longer sentences and indeed complete conversation. Your child should be increasingly able to tell you about their day and to interact with connected language. Their speech should be clear 75% of the time (or more!) even when talking with people outside of the immediate family. They will be using their language for increasing purposes- to request, protest, negotiate and to share experiences
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