Autism Speech Pathology
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Speech or language problems may arise from conditions such as autism or Asperger’s or because of a brain injury or challenges with growth. Speech and communication problems in a child under six may improve or correct with the help of therapists trained in autism speech pathology.
Depending on the nature of the problem with your child’s speech or language, we can complete an assessment to determine which form of therapy will benefit him or her the most and then start our journey together.
What You Need to Know About a Speech Pathologist for Children
If you notice early on that your child might be developing slower than other children of their age, or if they are struggling to communicate properly, there might be an underlying condition in place. These conditions can include autism or an incomplete development of their throat muscles.
It can be challenging to distinguish typical behaviour from a cause for concern, but trust your instincts and your child’s signs. Whatever the cause, we will assess your child’s language and communication abilities during speech pathology for children and proceed with therapy. As a parent, you will play a vital role in their improvement, so it is essential to understand what treatment will involve.
The development of speech has a significant impact and ripple effect on social and emotional development. One problem can result in other issues later in life if you do not address it early.
One of the problems that a speech therapist will frequently encounter is that children do not pronounce sounds correctly, which is a sign of apraxia of speech. We will first determine how well your child can move their mouth and tongue and if they understand the sound. We can work in therapy to help them move the muscles responsible for the sound in the right way so that the sound can form properly. As a parent, you can help by repeating certain words and sounds at home.
By age two, most kids should be able to vocalise basic sounds and annunciate them in a way that makes sense. If your child cannot, you might want to consider speech therapy for children.
Language problems. A language disorder relates more to the understanding of language and how a child reacts to it than a physical problem. It might be easy to spot language problems early on if your child doesn’t smile or interact with others as a baby, such as not making babbling sounds after six months and not making many sounds or gestures to show what they need by 12 months.
If they continue to grow up with this language difficulty, they may not make sense to others by the time they are two or have a hard time expressing themselves and develop social anxiety or selective mutism.
How well your child can hear and understand sounds and words will determine their social skills as well as their reading, writing, and spelling capabilities later. It is best to address this problem as soon as possible to rectify it through matching sounds to words, pronouncing problem sounds out loud, and writing and saying answers to questions.
Fluency. Along with voice problems and swallowing, stuttering is another area that we address during our speech pathology for children and occupational therapy. We base most of our speech therapy in Geelong on play to make it easier on the child and simpler for parents to get involved in the process.
We offer many ways for you and your child to receive speech pathology in Geelong with options for clinic visits, online sessions, or sessions at your home. Being at home with your child can sometimes provide the best environment for them to learn in as they are familiar with it and comfortable there.
What You Can Expect from Us Regarding Speech Therapy Services
We offer a few different treatment options depending on you and your child’s needs and preferences:
Speech pathology for children. We focus this aspect of our therapy on communication, which involves fluency, speech, language, and interaction with others. We improve day-to-day life for you and your child by teaching you ways to help them and understand them better through their way of communicating with you. Kids’ speech therapy is a strong option to help your child access traditional pathways and develop according to their age and societal expectations.
Occupation therapy. Your child will receive this therapy if they are having difficulties with daily activities such as going to the toilet, dressing themselves, eating, and sleeping. We help kids under six with injuries, disabilities, or illnesses to live a better life by improving the basic skills that they will need in their daily lives.
Music. Music is not only good for the adult soul but also the perfect tool to use to help your child communicate and understand sounds through rhythm and dancing. We offer Music Moves, during which we teach kids how to regulate their bodies through music. In the Music Talks programme, we offer a group setting in which kids feel comfortable singing to develop their communication and social skills. This therapy works as powerfully as child speech therapy for some children because they feel more comfortable and confident expressing themselves through music.
Parent training programmes. As a parent, you play a critical role in the improvement of your child’s difficulty with language, communication, or social skills. You are with them at home and have ample opportunity to practice all that we have taught in therapy and reinforce better behaviour to combat delayed language or communication development. Continuing the work from therapy is what will ultimately make the difference in both of your lives as you adapt to a new way of living and communicating.
Hanen programme. Sometimes, just knowing that you are not alone in facing challenges in life makes all the difference. Our Hanen programme includes therapy sessions with a child speech pathologist, orientation sessions, individual sessions with your child, and the essential benefit of group sessions with other parents. Here, you will receive the support of others going through the same process. You can learn from them and find children they can play with who will better understand them. Your child will feel more confident and at ease knowing that there are other children to relate to who also might not fit the societal description of “normal.”
About Dot to Dot Early Intervention
The first step that you need to take if you suspect your child might have a learning delay or social disorder is to bring them in for an assessment. We can perform a speech, language, or autism assessment with formal assessment tools and test your child’s abilities. We will understand the origin of the problem before addressing and improving the associated symptoms. You might need a paediatrician referral, so simply contact us if you are uncertain how to begin.
Besides personal therapy, we provide educational and corporate therapy to institutions that serve children living with a disability or autism. We can come to you to assess your environment and then discuss your challenges to give you a personalised training approach that will suit you and your staff best. We can perform group sessions, give individual feedback, and facilitate group activities or presentations during your workshop.