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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. We make home visits within Brisbane, the Redlands, Northern Gold Coast and Logan.

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Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist

Lauren 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.

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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.

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Lauren Crumlish Brisbane Speech Therapist

Lauren Crumlish

Speech Therapist

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 your child’s speech therapy treatment may look like

There are three main elements that you should become familiar with.

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.

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.

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.

Information about Speech Pathology

Sometimes we talk about 'Speech Clarity', 'Social Communication' and 'Fluency'. Learn what these mean below.

What is Speech Pathology?

Answer: 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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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 latest Articles


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

February 23, 2018 in 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:

  • 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)

Language development:

  • You should be able to have a conversation with your kindy-aged child. They should be able to tell you about their day and retell a simple story
  • Kindy-aged children should understand a variety of questions (e.g., who? what? where? why?) and should also be asking a variety of questions
  • Kindy-aged children should be talking with full sentences. In fact, as they pass 4 years of age, their language should be adult-like in nature!
  • Children in kindy should be able to follow multi-step instructions

Emergent literacy:

  • Children in kindy should have a love of nursery rhymes and shared book reading
  • Your kindy-aged child should experience joy interacting with books and answering questions around texts
  • As your child nears prep they will begin to understand the difference between words and letters
  • Your kindy-aged child will likely pretend to read and write

The kindy year is critical for preparing your child for prep. When children enter prep, they vitally need to have an adult-like language and speech-sound system so that they can have success with literacy (that is, formal reading and writing). If you have any concerns for your 3.5-4.5 year old’s speech sound, language or emergent literacy development, contact us today!

Why we use Games in Speech Therapy

October 2, 2017 in Speech 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:

  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.
  3. Combatting the risk: Challenging tasks have inherent risk. The risk of trying and failing, the risk of being unsuccessful and of course the risk of having to try again. Games can be a type of extrinsic motivation that can combat the sense of risk. The “fun” a game offers needs to be proportional to the risk of trying the challenging task.
  4. Supporting body preparation and fine motor input: By being selective in our choice of game, we can strategically offer children opportunities for whole body movement. This whole body movement can prepare the body for learning. By selecting games with fine motor elements we can also provide a “fidget” option to keep hands busy. When the body is prepared for learning, attention and engagement are more easily achieved.
  5. Providing Differential Reinforcement: Games can be a great way to provide differential reinforcement – that is, we can provide a proportional reward to the child’s effort or success. By doing this we can save the biggest reward, or the biggest amount of reward, for those times when our little one has tried especially hard or reached a new target. This enhanced reward can help to encourage ongoing progress.

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  • Bayside Suburbs

    We provide therapy in your child's home, right across the Redlands / Bayside area. Here are just some of the suburbs we visit.

    Birkdale, Capalaba, Cleveland, Mount Cotton, Ormiston, Redland Bay, Sheldon, Thorneside, Thornlands, Victoria Point and Wellington Point.

  • Brisbane Suburbs

    We provide therapy in your child's home, right across the Brisbane area. Here are some of the suburbs we visit.

    Inner Brisbane

    East Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Herston, Highgate Hill, Kangaroo Point, Kelvin Grove, New Farm, Newstead, Paddington, Petrie Terrace, Red Hill, South Brisbane, Spring Hill, Teneriffe, West End, Woolloongabba

    Northern Brisbane

    Albion, Alderley, Ascot, Aspley, Clayfield, Gaythorne, Hamilton, Keperra, Newmarket, Stafford, Stafford Heights, Taigum, Virginia, Zillmere

    Southern Brisbane

    Annerley, Dutton Park, Eight Mile Plains, Greenslopes, Holland Park, Holland Park West, MacGregor, Mackenzie, Mansfield, Moorooka, Mount Gravatt, Mount Gravatt East, Nathan, Rochedale, Tarragindi, Upper Mount Gravatt, Wishart

    Eastern Brisbane

    Balmoral, Belmont, Bulimba, Camp Hill, Cannon Hill, Carina, Carindale, Chandler, Coorparoo, Gumdale, Hawthorne, Hemmant, Manly, Manly West, Morningside, Seven Hills, Tingalpa, Wynnum, Wynnum West

    Western Brisbane

    Ashgrove, Auchenflower, Bardon, Indooroopilly, Milton, Taringa, The Gap, Toowong, Upper Brookfield, Upper Kedron

  • Northern Gold Coast

    We also visit suburbs in the Northern Gold Coast.