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Brisbane Speech Therapy

Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy

Brisbane Speech Therapist

Speech Clinic™ is a children's speech pathology service in Brisbane. We provide speech therapy to children between 16 months to 18 years.

We assess and treat children within their homes across the greater Brisbane, Redland City, Logan City, Bayside and Northern Gold Coast regions.

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How we help your little one and your family

We diagnose and treat a range of:

  • Speech sound difficulties
  • Language delays and disorders (developmental language disorder)
  • Reading and literacy disorders (dyslexia and writing difficulties)
  • Social interaction and communication difficulties
  • Fluency (stuttering)
Lauren Crumlish Brisbane Speech Therapist

Lauren Crumlish

Founder & Clinician at Speech Clinic

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

PhD candidate at The University of Queensland (UQ)

Before working as a speech pathologist, I worked as a medical researcher. I worked at the Queensland Brain Institute and Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. I am currently undertaking a PhD project at The University of Queensland (UQ). This PhD project examines current clinical practices for children with traumatic brain injuries.

I love working with children to overcome their challenges. By creating and providing intervention plans, we experience success in their home and at school.

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Mobile Speech Therapy Clinic

Brisbane Speech Pathology

Save time travelling across Brisbane. We provide Speech Therapy in the comfort of your child's own home. After school and weekend appointments available.

Our focus in on family-centred practice. We tailor our therapy to suit each child and family’s individual needs.

Mobile Speech Pathology

Speech therapy sessions in your home. We are a travelling speech pathologist. Our car is packed with the resources needed to provide therapy to your child in their home.

Convenient Appointment Times

We have weekend and after school appointments to suit your school-aged child. Weekend appointments are popular, so get in contact with us to check availability.

Family-centred practice

Speech Clinic advocates for family-centred practice, it's important! We ensure that a child and their family’s needs are considered holistically. We love getting the whole family involved.

Kids Speech Pathology

Speech Therapy for Kids

Speech Clinic supports many children across their childhood and teenage years. We are strong advocates for early intervention. Recognising signs of potential speech, language, social, or literacy difficulties is important. This enables us to minimise future impacts on social and academic successes.

Should we wait and see?

We are often asked, "when is the best age to start speech therapy?". Earliest is always best. Speech and Language Pathologists can complete assessments and treat kids from 16 months to 18 years old. There is strong evidence that supports early intervention. When a speech therapist can support a child from birth until 4-5 years old, they can reduce the long-term impacts of a communication or language disorder. This gives our children the best chance to be ready for school. You will have heard the "just wait and see" phrase, but this old saying can actually do harm. Taking immediate action can ensure that your child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

General Speech and Language Pathology Information

Some of the 'jargon' can be a little confusing at first. We have created a small guide, to explain the terms Speech and Language Pathologists use.

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What is Speech Pathology?

The assessment, diagnosis and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders. Speech Pathology stems from two keywords. Speech, meaning communication, and pathology, meaning someone who studies cause and effect. Together, these words refer to someone who provides therapy for communication and swallowing disorders. A paediatric speech pathologist supports children from 16 months through to 18 years.

Speech Clinic™ offers assessments and therapy for:

  • Speech sound difficulties
  • Language difficulties
  • Fluency difficulties
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Social communication
What is Speech Clarity?Speech clarity refers to how clearly a person’s speech is produced. This is how accurately a person is pronouncing their speech sounds. Speech clarity development begins early when infants begin babbling. By three years of age, a child's speech should be clear at least 75% of the time when interacting with an unfamiliar person. By 5 years of age, a child’s speech should almost be adult-like in its clarity.
What is Language?

The ability to understand and use words and sentences to share meaning. Language involves both how we understand (receptive) and use (expressive) words and sentences. A person may have difficulty in either or both domains. Children that experience language difficulties may have difficulty understanding instructions or using words and sentences. An older child with language difficulties may have difficulty understanding or telling stories.

What is Fluency?The ability to speak smoothly. Fluency refers to how smoothly words are spoken. 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 Literacy?

The ability to read and write. Speech pathologists can support children that experience literacy difficulties. A speech pathologist can provide support for:

  • Reading accuracy
  • Slow or effortful reading
  • Reading comprehension

Speech pathologists can also provide intervention for writing difficulties. This can be for writing sentences and stories or for spelling.

What is Social Communication?The ability to use language socially to interact and play with others. Social communication refers to the language a child uses when interacting with others. A child who has social communication difficulties may find understanding body language difficult. They may also find understanding other forms of non-verbal communication difficult. Children who have social communication difficulties, may struggle making and maintaining friendships. This can lead to frustration and anxiety. Understanding other peoples’ thoughts and feelings is also important for successful social interactions.
  • Speech Pathologist Brisbane

    If you need a speech pathologist in Brisbane and would like therapy to occur in your home, Speech Clinic can help. To find out more about our service, contact us for a chat.

  • Speech Pathologist Redland City

    As a bay-side based clinic, we love supporting families in Redlands City! If you would like weekend, before school or after school appointments, Get in touch with us.

  • Bayside Speech Therapist

    We can make home visits in your child's most natural environment, their home. To find out more about our speech and language pathology service, Get in touch with us.

  • Logan City Speech Therapy

    If you're in Logan, we service the eastern suburbs and areas close to the M1 motorway. To find out more about our speech and language pathology service, Get in touch with us.

  • Gold Coast Speech Therapy

    If you live in a Northern Gold Coast suburb, we can make home visits to you. Times and availability are strictly limited, so your best bet, is to contact us for a chat.

Private Speech Therapy

Speech Clinic is a private speech pathologist.
We assess, diagnose and treat children 16 months to 18 years presenting with:

  • Communication disorders (articulation and phonological disorders)
  • Developmental language disorders
  • Motor speech disorders
  • Dysfluency (stuttering)
  • Social communication disorders
  • Dyslexias and dysgraphias
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Speech Pathology Articles

As a parent, arming yourself with the latest evidence-backed information is key. We strive to provide you with authoritative articles, backed by real evidence. Enjoy these articles below.


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How Speech Pathologists support children in Prep

Written by Lauren Crumlish

Towards the end of term 1, parents sit down with their little one’s prep teacher. This is an opportunity to reflect upon the triumphs and challenges from the term. Many difficulties that children experience in prep stem from a speech, language or literacy difficulty. These are areas that speech pathologists assess, diagnose and treat within.

Speech pathologists can help if a prep child has,

Unclear speech when talking with teachers and peers. Difficulty understanding instructions. Difficulty understanding and using new words. Uncertainty completing show-and-tell presentations. Difficulties learning and retaining information about letters and sounds. Difficulties learning how to read – both sounding out and sight words. Difficulties making and maintaining friendships. Difficulties engaging in age-appropriate play. Dysfluent speech (stuttering). Difficulties talking in complete sentences. Difficulties retelling back personal or fictional stories. Difficulties writing letters and words.

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What should I expect of my kindy-aged child’s speech sound and language development?

Written by Lauren Crumlish

Parents often wonder what speech and language skills their child will need for kindy. With prep right around the corner, time is of the essence to ensure that your child is set for success. Speech-sound, language and literacy should be well on their way when children are between 3.5 and 4.5 years of age.

Kindy-aged children should,

Speech-sound development:

  • A child in kindergarten should be understood 75% of the time when talking to unfamiliar people.
  • The starting, middle and final sounds in words should be included in their spoken words. For example, bird, hammer and carrot.
  • You should hear 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).
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Why we use games in Speech Therapy?

Written by Lauren Crumlish

You may wonder why you see your therapist approaching with games in tow. 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, they may not want to interact with this new person. By playing a game, this initial shyness can be overcome. Enthusiasm, giggles and laughter are great ways to build rapport with a new therapist.

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

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Stuttering in children, should you be worried?

Written by Lauren Crumlish

Stuttering is one of the most known communication disorders. We often know someone who stutters. The impact of chronic stuttering has been shown in the media with Hollywood’s, ‘The King’s Speech’.

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. The answer is, sometimes it is and sometimes it is not.

When a child's spoken language is blooming at 2 to 3 years of age, it is typical for children to become disfluent. At this time, the speech sound and language systems are developing and expanding from early word combining to sentence use. Often, parents will see periods of disfluency correlating with “language blooms”. If stuttering persists, becomes more significant, or overlaps with secondary characteristics (e.g., eye blinking, facial movements, a fear of talking) it is time to get a second opinion.

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Why is reading so difficult for my child?

Written by Lauren Crumlish

Home readers, sight words and NAPLAN. While these words are part of the schooling experience, they can bring stress and angst. Often difficulties with these experiences arise from a breakdown in reading. Despite daily homework / practise, 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?”. There isn’t a straightforward answer to this question, as reading is such a complex process.

To be a successful reader a child (or adult) has to perform two tasks. First, they must decode (or sound out, or recognise) the words on the page. Second, they must extract and hold onto the information and comprehend what they have read. Children may have difficulty with either or both of these tasks.

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

Written by Lauren Crumlish

A question and concern that I often receive from parents relates to screen time and ‘how much is too much?’. This can be a tricky question to answer. In modern society, technology and media is more accessible and in-our-face. On top of that, children seem to have a keen ability for technology, somehow, they are so good at using it. When parents try to balance the demands of daily life, it is easy to understand why screen time is an easy option.

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