We are a Brisbane-based mobile speech therapy service. We work with children aged 18 months to 18 years, and help diagnose and treat a wide variety of speech and language difficulties.
Communication & Language Difficulties
What is Speech Pathology?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?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 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). A child who has 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.
Mobile Speech Pathologist
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 can plan an individualised, family-focused intervention plan that will suit your and your child’s needs.
Speech Pathology Brisbane
Driving through Brisbane after school or on the weekend can be a struggle. You can save time and money by choosing a mobile paediatric speech pathologist and provide your child speech therapy in the safe and comfortable environment of their own home. If you're in the greater brisbane area, we can come to you. From south of the River, east to Wellington Point and west to Indooroopilly.
Speech Pathology Redland Bay
We're local to the Redlands area. If you live in the Redlands area, Victoria Point, Thornlands or anywhere east of Brisbane, we can come to you. From Carbrook to Wellington Point, to Sheldon, Ormiston and beyond, you can save time and money travelling into Brisbane.
Speech Pathology Gold Coast
Live on the Gold Coast? No problems, we're happy to travel as far south as Broadbeach and out into the hinterland including Mount Tamborine.
Speech Pathology Logan
If you live in Logan, you know how long it can take to get into the city. There are many benefits in choosing a mobile speech pathologist, but one is convenience. Forget travelling during peak periods after school or on the weekend. We are happy to come to you, as we service the entire Logan area from Beenleigh north into Brisbane City and west toward Ipswich.
Frequently Asked Questions
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My child is 2 years and not yet talking - should I be concerned?
First words are typically observed around a little’s one first birthday. From this time, their vocabulary of spoken words and words that they understand will continue to grow. By two years, children will begin combining their words into two-word utterances.
Is it true that boys develop their speech and language milestones more slowly than girls?
This is an old myth which unfortunately is still circulated. Boys and girls develop their early speech and language milestones in the same manner. We do know that boys are more likely to experience language delays and disorders however.
My child is really frustrated when we sit down to complete our school-based reading homework? Is this typical for all kids?
A little bit of frustration is to be expected when someone is learning anything new. If you find though that your child is consistently frustrated, or not showing confidence around reading it may be stemming from a deeper difficulty. Unfortunately literacy expectations in the schooling environment are forever increasing, and children can quickly fall behind curricular expectations.
My child struggles to tell me about their day? They tend to tell me “I can’t remember” when I ask. Is this typical or should I be concerned?
Narratives, or the ability to talk about your day, should develop around three years of age. Children with language difficulties may struggle to answer such questions (and therefore might answer that they can’t remember to avoid the interaction). If your child is having difficulties understanding language, they may also have difficulties understanding your question.
Most people other than me find it difficult to understand my child’s speech. Is this usual for a toddler?
As children are learning to talk, their speech may be slightly unclear at times. However, by 2 years of age their speech should be understood 50% of time time by unfamiliar listeners. By three years their speech should be understood 75% of time by unfamiliar listeners. By 5 years, a child should have an adult-like speech sound system.