Affordable and collaborative speech pathology
577,000 Australian students have language problems. 21 per cent of children have expressive language difficulties and
13 per cent have receptive difficulties upon entering school.
Without treatment, these students could suffer from a range of issues including inability to reach their potential, poor self-esteem, behavioural problems, and decreased employment options, as difficulties can continue into adulthood if untreated.
As one of the largest providers of mobile speech pathology services in NSW and the ACT, Communicate Speech Pathology has witnessed the effects of communication difficulties in students, both at home and at school.
Sometimes a child may cope better one-on-one, however when they enter the busy, noisy classroom environment it presents many more challenges.
Teachers often report that language disorders in their students were not previously diagnosed, causing confusion about why the child is struggling in the school environment and perhaps appearing lazy or naughty.
Difficulties with receptive and expressive language become more noticeable; as classroom language is more formal, spoken and written instructions are more complex, and there are greater demands on a child’s attention.
For children with a specific language impairment, their cognitive ability is age appropriate so it can be confusing as to why they are not making progress.
Communicate Speech Pathology has worked with students of all ages and types of difficulties within hundreds of public, private, Catholic and independent schools across all socio-economic levels and geographical locations.
Communicate Speech Pathology can assist schools to tap into Government and Medicare funding, while for schools with greater resources the company can offer more comprehensive, extended programs.
Services include professional development for teachers, social skills programs, speech and language therapy for individual students, no-gap National Disability Insurance Scheme funded therapy, kindergarten screenings, articulation small group therapy, and whole class language stimulation for refugee children.
The company also provides support for ADHD students in high school, assessments to obtain further funding, support for students with ASD in mainstream schools, and AAC for children in a support unit.
Whole class, small group and individual sessions are offered depending on the circumstances of the school and what is most beneficial for the child.
A successful school therapy program boils down to the quality of the therapist and their ability to develop a strong, collaborative working relationship with Principals and teaching staff involving them in all aspects of programming.
Empowering teachers to recognise and support communication difficulties is key. Supporting teachers in the class environment and having them sit in on sessions is a large part of the approach.
Communicate Speech Pathology leaves a lasting impact on the school well after therapy programs are completed.
The company’s mobile model also ensures that therapy is not just left at the school gates. Communicate Speech Pathology works with children at home to generalise new skills to all environments, assist parents in understanding their child’s difficulties and help them succeed in their academic journey.
More information can be found at: www.communicatespeech.com.au.