What Speech Pathologists Work On

Many people just think of speech sounds and stutters when they think of speech pathology. Speech pathologists in fact can support children, young people and families in many more areas. Speech pathologists are university-qualified professionals who work with families to support children’s speech, language and overall communication skills.

These are the areas which Speech Pathologists at Happy Dots work on.

  • Speech

Speech is the ability to combine speech sounds to make words. An articulation difficulty is when a child has difficulty physically making a speech sound such as when a child’s tongue sits out between their teeth when making the ‘s’ sound. A phonological speech error is when a child swaps one sounds for another. For example, a child may say “I see a wabbit!” instead of “I see a rabbit”.

  • Language

Receptive language includes the skills involved in listening and comprehending information. Speech pathologists can help children to follow longer instructions and learn the meaning of new words.

Expressive language is the ability to use words, gestures and writing to express meaning to others. Speech pathologists can help children develop longer sentences and use a greater range of words.

  • Literacy

Literacy skills consist of a series of smaller skills that children put together to be able to read and write. Speech pathologists can help with early literacy skills include identifying sounds within words, sounding out words and linking written letters to the sounds they represent. For school aged children, speech pathologists can support a young person to be able to spell and read longer texts with comprehension and write different types of texts. 

  • Fluency (stuttering)

Stuttering is a speech disorder which includes the repetition of sounds or words, prolongations of sounds or an inability to say a word (known as a block). Speech pathologists work alongside families to support their ability to implement parent/ carer stuttering intervention.

  • Voice

A voice disorder can include characteristics such as hoarseness, a sore throat when speaking, raspiness, temporary loss of voice, or inappropriate pitch or loudness. Speech pathologists can work with children to implement both compensatory strategies and skill building to improve their overall voice.

  • Multimodal communication

Multimodal communication includes all forms of communication an individual uses, such as speech, facial expressions, gestures, visuals and writing. Speech pathologists can work with children, families and young people to use a range of different communication supports to supplement speech (such as key word sign, single visuals, communication books and electronic communication devices).

For more information on how a speech pathologist can help your child feel free to contact us on (02) 4959 8920 or visit our Facebook page.

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