• GOLD COAST SPEECH THERAPY
  • Building 9, 3 Jackman Street, Southport. Qld 4215
  • OPTIMAL COMMUNICATIONS PTY LTD
  • Call now: 07 5528 2222

Are you concerned about your child’s speech development?

Do you need ANSWERS from someone qualified who can answer your questions.....

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Are you worried about how your child’s speech and language is developing?

Have you been on a waiting list for a Speech Pathology Assessment?

Young children’s minds can’t wait for specialised corrective Speech Pathology support. Early intervention is essential to correct any problems that are occurring in children’s speech and language development. Speech Pathology Screening assessments are essential to identify any issues early in your child’s speech and language development.

Are you worried if your child’s communication skills will be ready for school?

Children’s communication skills are essential for not only learning capabilities but also confidence for classroom success and developing relationships with friends. Children who have problems with communication need support early.

WE CAN HELP.... give us a CALL on 5528 2222 today.

We can do a quick, easy 30 minute Speech and Language Screening. GET PEACE OF MIND

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PEACE OF MIND
Our experienced University Qualified Speech Pathologists can ANSWER your questions. Call us now 5528 2222.

What do you get with your Quick-Simple Screen assessment:

 Get peace and mind about your child’s speech and language development and school readiness

 We identify speech and language errors early so vital brain development corrections can be made

 Save on time and fast track a long waiting list to see a Speech Pathologist who can help with Speech Pathology Screening Assessments

 Save on the expense of Comprehensive Speech and Language Assessments which may not be needed

Your child will be given their own COMPLIMENTARY GIFT at their screen assessment to help them

learn their 46 speech sounds ready to prepare them for foundation skills for speaking and literacy.

Valued at $15.00, the A3 laminated Desk-Helper or Wall poster can be used to help your child in their early skills when learning their alphabet letters and what phonic speech sound matches that letter. As part of the Phonic All Star – Teach Me Speech Sounds Kit, the poster is essential for all children as a kick start to early school reading and spelling. If you child is struggling to develop the vital neurological functions to acquire their speech sounds accurately, they may be at risk later for challenges in learning to read, spell and write. Our quick test, evaluates their “speech sound keyboard” is all operational at the sound and then word level to pass that test that school entry will require.

 Some speech and language errors can be developmentally normal in your child’s talking between the ages of 3-7 years

 A screen assessment can save your time and expense of a comprehensive battery of speech and language tests when it may not be necessary

 Our Speech Pathologists can give you advice and your child will get a Speech Therapy Report Card after a quick and simple 30 minute Screen Assessment

 

Our Speech Pathology Screening Assessments can help to identify early risk factors that may result in:

 Abnormal speech and language developmental challenges

 Learning challenges and failing to reach milestones at school

 Low confidence and self esteem from communication problems

 Failure to build peer friendships and enjoy their school life

 

 

What skills will your Speech Pathologist be evaluating at the Screen Assessment?

 

 Our Speech Pathology Team are experienced, and are able to establish whether your child is demonstrating any at risk factors in the main areas of communication that will be screened.

Click on the tabs below to see what areas your experienced and qualified Speech Pathologist will be examining and why at the Speech Pathology Screening Assessments:

 

To perceive, listen and interpret the sounds

in the world and which ones make up the

speech sounds of their language

(ie. 46 speech sounds for Australian English)

and how to hear these as words

and sentences among the other sounds heard in the outside world.

 

 From birth, your child is developing the listening machinery that enables skills to hear and process spoken information of speech sounds, words and sentences in contrast to the sounds that they may hear in their environment.

 Your child’s mind needs to synthesis this competently to acquire accurate speech sounds and language functions.  These skills are vital for suitable development of literacy skills for reading and spelling.

 Auditory processing skills continue to mature until approximately grade 4 when they are understood to reach adult maturity.

 It is beneficial for your child’s hearing to be assessed if you feel there are any concerns to rule out any middle ear or sensory-neural difficulties if you are concerned.

Some children who are older than 6 years may be recommended to have further evaluation from a Central Auditory Processing assessment from an Audiologist to further understand their mind internal components for communication.

 A simple sound and word test can identify any early auditory processing at risk features in your child’s listening function before this has a secondary impact on the development of their sounds and learning of words and sentences. Auditory inattention, poor sensory integration and poor concentration can be some of these factors.

 Speech Pathology Screening assessments can help to identify the AT RISK factors early.

 

To speak and assign a series of speech sounds

in ordered strings to indicate words.

Each speech sound (eg. tuh, sss, fff, rrr) transfers speech motor muscle information

to the articulators being the lips, tongue, jaw, soft palate, voice and breath. 

 

 

 Between the ages of 3-7 years, your child will be showing steps and stages in their development of their mind’s inner speech sound keyboard. This speech sound processor links to your child’s speech muscle movement patterns and determines which sounds will be used in the words that are said.

 Children naturally develops speech sound error patterns in a typical order.  It is quite normal to see specific errors in your child’s speech depending on her/his age.

 Some children are delayed in acquiring these skills a normal developmental order and may need a bit of a boost to get these sounds moving along to catch up with their peers.

 However, Speech pathologist’s can easily detect abnormal or disordered speech error patterns that may compromise your child’s speech development making them difficult to be understood by others.

 If identified early, these challenges can prevent words being stored in a faulty manner in your child’s “word library” that can lock into their sentences making speech correction challenging if left too late.

 When a child has a speech disorder, it is like a computer malfunction with a faulty keyboard.

 It is like their speech sound keyboard can have difficulties in wiring the programs to the individual text files and documents created pages of faulty words and sentences that can take lots of effort to correct.

 Speech Pathology Screening assessments can help to identify the AT RISK factors early.

 

To interpret and to understand

a series of words constructed in different word order (syntax)

that indicate sentences and what those sentences mean.

The ability to hold spoken information in the mind to process

the content accurately and then to comprehend this information as meaningful.

 

 Your child is listening to your spoken instructions and comments all day – every day and is making sense of the world around her/him by processing this verbal information.

 Receptive language begins with understanding the meaning of words and then how these words relate to each other.

 Then your child learns to understand how different sentence structures and WH questions can be indicating different meaning when we are talking with someone in an interaction.

 Your child is learning to understand grammar and syntax in sentences and how this changes the meaning of spoken information that is said to them.

 Some children may have difficulties in processing the language of what is said and may show confusion by not following spoken instructions.

 It is very important that children are equipped with listening and receptive language competence for classroom readiness so that they can absorb what the teacher is teaching.

Your Speech Pathology Screening Assessments will look out for listening at risk behaviours that may indicate listening challenges that can suggest the need for further language investigations.

 Speech Pathology Screening assessments can help to identify the AT RISK factors early.

To verbally compile a series of words

into structured sentences using word order rules (syntactic rules) and

grammar to create sentences to express thoughts and comments.

Verbal expression involves developing an extensive vocabulary bank.

It also involves understanding how to interact using questions and

how to use these language structures functionally in conversation with others.

 Your child will say their first words at 12 months and then should be joining many two word combinations at 18 months of age.

 By 3 years of age we expect to see many sentences emerge and for children to become quite chatty about their thoughts.

 Your child’s expressive language develops along with their thinking (cognitive) skills as your child learns more and more words and their meaning.

 Over time, they build sentences of increasing length and complexity to communicate their thoughts and needs.

 As they grow older, your child’s ability to speak in sentences develops specific grammatical features based on their age by which we see a natural order of errors as your child learn to acquire the complexity of English language by their school years.

 They also show stages of development in the syntactic development of how they say their structures of sentences based on the order of words and the connecting words they use to join their sentences and clauses.

 By school entry, children benefit from being equipped with the tools of verbal expression to talk with their teacher and school friends but also to use as a functional tool to learn more.

 Speech Pathology Screening assessments can help to identify the AT RISK factors early.

To learn the subtle social skills

for interactions with others for specific needs

and functions during those interactions.

The ability to interpret and communicate non-verbal communication functions

that establish purposeful interactions with others

across various settings, relationships and roles.

 From very early after birth, your child is expected to be developing natural social skills that function for verbal and non-verbal communication.

 These social skills are seen in natural maturation for a desire to interact socially with others for many communication functions.

 Your Speech Pathology Screening Assessments will look out for any pragmatic at risk factors that may indicate that your child may be presenting with a pragmatic disorder.

 Your Screening Assessment examines features in your child’s individual social profile such as their eye contact, turn taking and willingness to interact.

 Early assessment and support can help to provide specialised communication methods to establish the best engagement and confidence for your child to build friendships with children of their own age.

 Pragmatic communication challenges may be indications for a broader support need that extends across many different environments for your child such as home, school and the community.

 As Speech Pathologists, we understate the importance that well developed social skills have on building positive experiences with personal relationships, academic success and also later in a person work life and career

 Speech Pathology Screening assessments can help to identify the AT RISK factors early.

What does all this cost?

 We have kept our Speech Pathology Screening Assessments to 30 minutes and made it quick and easy for you to have your child assessed

 We have developed a range of evidence based tests that will cover the main areas of development

 We are experienced and knowledgeable and our Speech Pathologists have all done 4 year Degrees in Speech Pathology

 You get the results immediately in the Report Card

 Peace of Mind and finally getting your questions or concerns answered by a Professional

 FREE GIFT when your child attends the Screening Assessment

 The Free Gift is a Desk-Helper or Wall poster which can be used to help your child in their early skills when learning their alphabet letters and what phonic speech sound matches that letter.

 Full One hour formal assessments can cost up $240 or more. These are not always required, so we wanted to provide a short, easy screen assessment.

 All this for just $85.

Your child will get a Report Card
Get the facts and get Peace of Mind

Your child will be issued with a Speech Pathology report card at the time of their screen assessment

 Your Speech Pathologist will complete a Report Card that you can take home immediately.

 This Report Card can be given by you to your Doctor, Kindergarten, Pre-school or School

 It can give you absolute Peace of Mind

 It may show you what obstacles your child is experiencing and perhaps why

 Your questions will be answered by a University Qualified Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist

 It will provide a bench mark to show where your child is at this time

 

 Click on the tabs below. Give a copy of the Report Card to your Doctor, Specialist, Kindy or School.

REPORT CARDS are provided at the conclusion of all our Speech Pathology Screening Assessments.

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Report Card provided at the end of the Screening Assessment

  Your Speech Pathologist will complete a Report Card that you can take home immediately.

  It can give you absolute Peace of Mind

  It may show you what obstacles your child is experiencing and perhaps why

  Your questions will be answered by a University Qualified Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist

  It will provide a bench mark to show where your child is at this time

Your child’s Report Card can give your Doctor or Specialist valuable information

 

 Some children may be eligible for medicare support for the expense of up to 5 subsidised speech pathology sessions per calendar year.

 If your child is identified to need more support, your report card can assist your Doctor to understand this and complete the relevant referral for your (Enhanced Primary Care Program)

Give a copy of the Report Card to your Kindergarten.

 

 

 This can support with the development of their kindergarten program to prepare your child for their early development of communication skills

Success for your Child in School depends on early intervention if a developmental delay is identified.

 

 

 The report card can support in your school entry interviews and to provide early information to your teachers regarding the need for communication and learning support.

NEED MORE …..

What about Reading, Writing and Spelling?

We can check your child’s early literacy foundations. We offer a 30 minute screen extension session for only $50 extra

We are able to offer speech pathology screening assessments to evaluate whether any speech challenges may be impacting your child’s ability to develop reading, spelling and writing skills based on impairments in processing speech sounds and how they synthesis and hold in your child’s mind. We will check your child’s school readiness for:

 Phonological awareness skills which are foundations for literacy readiness

 Upper & Lowercase matching

 Capability to recognise letters (graphemes) and their corresponding speech sounds (phonemes)

 Identification and reading of early words

Upgrade to a literacy screen and your child will receive their own Learn The Alphabet A3 Wall poster (also valued at $15.00) to compliment their Learn the Speech Sound Wall Poster 

So how will your Complimentary GIFT help your child?

 

These Phonic All Star Posters have been developed as a visual support for children with learning challenges.

 They prompt to alphabet and speech sound theory for learning.

 They provide visual characters to assist your child to retrieve speech sounds and letter images when they have weakness in this area of skill.

 These posters are part of the therapy we use everyday in our speech therapy sessions.

What do you do next ?

 

 

Call us to book your Appointment on 5528 2222