Brisbane | Bayside | Redland City | Australia | International
Hello, we are a Brisbane Speech Pathology practice supporting children with their speech, language, fluency, literacy and social interaction. Speech Clinic™ is an exclusively paediatric speech therapy service, providing assessments and treatment to children between 16 months to 18 years.
Our Clinician and Founder, Lauren, is a PhD Candidate and Research assistant at UQ.
What we offer to children and their families
Speech Pathology Services
We also offer clinical guidance and consultative services for other speech pathologists, educators & health professionals.
About Speech Clinic's Clinician and Director
B.Biomed.Sc(Hons.1) MSpPathSt(Hons.1) CPSP
PhD candidate at The University of Queensland (UQ)
Research Assistant at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (UQ)
Casual Academic 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 work exclusively with children as a paediatric clinician. 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.
Have concerns for your child?
Book an appointment for your child to see Lauren.
Speech Therapy For Kids
As a Brisbane speech therapy practice, Speech Clinic supports 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, as this helps us to minimise future impacts on social and academic success.
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 provide treatment to children from 16 months to 18 years old. There is strong evidence supporting 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.
Sometimes speech, language, literacy, fluency and social interaction difficulties can become present throughout a child's schooling years. We also love supporting school-aged children and adolescents to reach their full academic an social potential.
Learn more about
Speech and Language Pathology
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.
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 to 18 years.
Speech Clinic™ offers assessments and therapy for:
- Speech sound difficulties
- Language difficulties
- Fluency difficulties
- 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:
Slow or effortful reading
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 to make and maintain friendships. This can lead to frustration and anxiety. Understanding other peoples’ thoughts and feelings is also important for successful social interactions.
Speech Clinic is a private speech pathologist.
We assess, diagnose and treat children 16 months to 18 years presenting with:
- Speech clarity difficulties (articulation, phonological and motor speech disorders)
- Language delays and disorders
- Dysfluency (stuttering)
- Social interaction difficulties
- Literacy Difficulties (dyslexias and dysgraphias)
- Diagnoses (children presenting with Autism Spectrum Disorder [ASD], Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay [GDD], Down Syndrome)
Brisbane Speech Pathology
As a Brisbane Speech Therapy Clinic, we visit suburbs on the north, south, east and west sides of Brisbane. We have everything to provide speech therapy in your home. We love having the family involved, including your pets!
Bayside Speech Pathology
We make home visits to the Bayside suburbs of Brisbane as well. Experience Speech Pathology in your child’s most natural environment – their home.
Redlands Speech Pathology
We also visit Redlands City (Coast)! We dedicate a number of days to the Redlands and offer times before, during and after school as well as on weekends. Please get in touch to check availabilities.
Australia: Online Speech Therapy
Thanks to our Telehealth service, we can provide Speech Pathology treatment sessions to children right across Australia. Telehealth may particularly suit rural and remote families, as well as families with busy work/school/life schedules.
International: Online Speech Therapy
Speech Clinic provides online therapy appointments to children internationally. Thanks to our investment in internet speed and technology, we are able to offer telehealth appointments to a number of countries. Online therapy appointments over the internet may suit families who are travelling or who live and work overseas.
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