Speech Clinic Brisbane

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Speech Clinic

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Speech Clinic is a Brisbane Speech Therapist

Speech Clinic™ is a children's speech pathologist in Brisbane. We provide therapy to children between 16 months to 18 years, diagnosing and treating a variety of speech, language and literacy difficulties. 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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check mark  Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

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Lauren Crumlish

Founder & Clinician at Speech Clinic

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

Before working within speech pathology, I studied and worked as a medical researcher at Queensland Brain Institute and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

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.

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Speech Clinic is a Mobile Speech Pathology Service

Speech Therapy at Home

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 your school-aged child on weekends and after-school hours.

We complete assessments and treat children within their most naturalistic environment - their home. We offer family-centred practice and tailor our therapy to suit each child and family’s individual needs.

Speech Therapy at Home

We are a travelling speech pathologist, perfectly equipped to provide therapy to your child in their home.

Convenient Appointment Times

We have weekend and after school appointments to suit your family. Please note that these are popular appointment timeslots, so get in contact with us to check availability.

Travelling Speech Pathologist

We are a fully equipped speech and language pathology clinic that provides therapy to children in their own home.

Family-centred practice

Speech Clinic advocates for family-centred practice. It's important. We love getting the whole family involved. Our Clinicians provide a high quality of family-centred practice - ensuring that a child and their family’s needs are considered holistically.

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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

While Speech Clinic supports many children across their childhood and teenage years. We are strong advocates for early intervention. By recognising the predicting signs of potential speech, language, social skills, literacy challenges in the future, Speech Clinic can act proactively to minimise impacts on social and academic successes in the future.

Should we just wait and see?

We are often asked, "when is the best age to start speech therapy?". Earliest is always best. Speech and Language Pathologists are able to complete assessments and treat kids from 16 months to 18 years old. There is a very stron evidence base that supports early intervention. If speech therapists can support children from birth until they are 4 or 5 years old, we can act proactively to reduce the longer-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 action right now can ensure that your child is given the greatest opportunity to reach their full potential.

General Speech and Language Pathology Information

Some of the 'lingo' can be a little confusing at first, so we've created a small guide below, to explain some of 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 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 provides 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 early, 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 Language?

The ability to understand and use words and sentences to share meaning. Language is a significant 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 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 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 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.
  • Speech Pathologist Brisbane

    If you're looking for a brisbane speech pathologist and want the flexibility of home visits Speech Clinic ticks all of the boxes. To find out more about our service, contact us for a chat.

  • Speech Pathologist Redland City

    We love the Redlands, it has been our homebase for a decade or more! If you don't want to travel into the city, need the flexibility of weekend or after/before school treatment sessions, Get in touch with us.

  • Bayside Speech Therapist

    If you're on the Bayside of Brisbane, lucky you, so are we! 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 - 18 years presenting with communication disorders (articulation and phonological disorders, developmental language disorders, motor speech disorders, dysfluency, social communication disorders and dyslexias/dysgraphias).

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Speech Pathology Articles

As a parent, being armed 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 commonly sit down with their little one’s prep teacher. This is an opportunity for strengths and challenges from the term to be discussed. Many difficulties that children may experience in prep stem from a speech, language or literacy basis – 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 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)
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Why we use games in Speech Therapy?

Written by Lauren Crumlish

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:

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.

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 perhaps one of the most known communication disorders. We all often know someone who stutters, and with Hollywood’s exposure in ‘The King’s Speech’ the debilitating impacts of chronic stuttering have become wildly known.

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. Put simply, sometimes it is and sometimes it is not.

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.

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Why is reading so difficult for my child?

Written by Lauren Crumlish

Home readers, sight words, NAPLAN.while these words are just an ordinary part of the schooling experience for some, for others, they bring huge stress and angst. Often difficulties with these experiences arise from a breakdown in reading. Despite consistent efforts with daily homework, 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?”. Unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer to this question, because reading is such a complex process.

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.

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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 clinically from parents relates to screen time and ‘how much is too much?’. This can be a tricky question to answer. In our modern society, it feels like IT and media is forever becoming more accessible and in-our-face. On top of that, children seem to possess a keen ability for technology – somehow, they are just so good at using it. When we consider busy mums and dad’s trying to balance the demands of daily life it is so easy to understand why screen time is an easy option that can free up many hands.

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