Speech Therapy

Strengthening communication

At Change for Life, Speech-Language therapy focuses on helping children with developmental delays or other challenges gain skills in communication, language development and speech.

Change for Life offers Speech-Language assessment and if suitable, intervention to address your child’s specific needs.

At Change for Life, our Speech Pathologists are passionate about working with the paediatric population (ages 0 to 18) in the following areas:

Speech Disorders such as:

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Dysarthria
  • Speech Sound Disorder
  • Verbal Dysfluency/stuttering

Social Communication/pragmatics: Social Communication Skills can occur independently or in combination with other diagnoses (e.g. autism, ADHD, etc.). Change for life can help children:

  • Use language for different purposes: e.g. ,greeting, requesting, informing, etc.
  • Adjust language depending on the situation or the listener: e.g., choosing different vocabulary when speaking to a baby versus an adult.
  • Follow conversational rules: e.g., taking turns when talking, making eye contact, staying on topic, etc.
  • Learn to better recognise their own emotions and the emotions of others.
  • Expand one’s social-emotional vocabulary

Language

  • Preschool Language Disorders
  • Receptive language (problems understanding)
  • Expressive language (problems talking)
  • Learning Disabilities (LD): difficulties reading, spelling, and writing (which are language problems)
  • Selective Mutism: some children are shy and will only talk sometimes in some places, but not in others. This is referred to as selective mutism ​
  • Phonological disorders (difficulties recognising and deploying rules governing the way speech sounds are used and combined in word production)

Voice

  • Vocal hygiene
  • Dysphonia and Aphonia
  • Excessive, insufficient, or invariant vocal volume
  • Prosody (monotone and pitch control)
  • Aprosodia (lack of speech-intonation patters, e.g., monotone speech)

Literacy

  • Pre-literacy skills (e.g., phonological and phonemic awareness)
  • Reading comprehension and writing
  • Reading comprehension

Emotional Regulation/Recognition 

  • Recognise emotions
  • Social and emotional vocabulary

Please get in touch with our team here to discuss how our services can help.