Speech, Language and Literacy Services

At Sydney SLP, we are qualified to provide assessments, diagnosis, and treatment for a range of speech, language, and literacy concerns.

Specifically, we assess, diagnose, and treat:

  • speech sound disorders or delays
  • articulation errors e.g., lisp
  • stuttering
  • receptive (what a child can understand) and expressive (what a child can say) language disorders
  • pragmatic language (social communication) delays
  • pre-literacy delays (understanding that words are made of sounds and sounds can be blended to make words)
  • literacy delays (reading, writing, and spelling)

For more information about our assessments, reports, and therapy services please scroll down.

Behaviour Therapy

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Sydney SLP is proud to be associated with Maryam Roghani, a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), and Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Therapist.

Maryam is highly experienced in working with children and adults with a variety of strengths and needs.  Her area of expertise is challenging behaviours and Positive Behaviour Support, and she enjoys working collaboratively with families and teams to create individualised Behaviour Support Plans. Maryam is also trained in delivering the Early Start Denver Program for young children with autism.

Maryam can be contacted by phone on 0416790508, or by email: maryam@auroraearlyintervention.com.au

Telehealth Services

We offer online assessments and intervention for a range of Speech Pathology Services. This allows us to provide much needed services to children and their families in remote areas as well as during COVID lockdowns. There is growing evidence that Telepractice services can be as effective as in-person services (Speech Pathology Australia, April 2020). Contact us to discuss our Telehealth Services and whether this may be a suitable option for you and your child.

Speech Pathology Assessments

Assessment is an important first step to helping your child reach their potential. Our assessments are designed to identify your child’s strengths as well as challenges. Our assessments measure whether there is a speech, language, literacy, or other disorder present.

To do this we use a range of formal (standardized) and informal (observations, interviews, “play” activities, and speech and language samples) assessments. Our assessments take between 1 hour and 30 minutes and 2 hours, depending on the concerns raised and the needs of the child. Assessments can be completed in one session or be broken up into 45-minute sessions.

In addition to the assessment in the clinic, parents will be asked to complete a questionnaire prior to the assessment appointment. This questionnaire will ensure that we select the right assessments to address your concerns.

 

Speech Pathology Reports

Following the assessment, you will receive a comprehensive, easy to read report with recommendations. The report will clearly explain:

  • if there is a disorder and the nature of that disorder
  • where your child’s speech, language and/or literacy skills are compared to children of the same age or years of schooling
  • your child’s strengths and challenges
  • if therapy is recommended
  • what therapy goals are recommended
  • recommendations for parents to help your child at home
  • recommendations for teachers to help your child at pre-school or school.

 

Speech and Language Therapy

If therapy is recommended, we work with your family to develop goals. These SMART goals become your child’s management plan.

Therapy sessions are 45 minutes long. Depending on your child’s diagnosis and your family’s needs, therapy can be weekly or fortnightly. Activities for home practise will be provided at the end of every therapy session.

We also offer group social skills programs including Secret Agent Society for children aged 8-12 years, and the PEERS for Young Adults Social Skills Program for adolescents.

 

School and Preschool Consultations

When a disorder or learning need is diagnosed, we are available to attend school individual planning meetings. Typically, these meetings are organized by a schools Special Needs Teacher or the Classroom Teacher, following the parent’s submission of the Speech and Language Report. These meetings are designed to discuss the individual needs of the child, and to set specific goals for the school to target when working with your child. The document produced at this meeting is called Individual Education Plan in public schools, Individual Adjustment Plan (IAP) in Sydney Catholic Schools or may go under another name in private schools.

Our goal at Sydney SLP, is to ensure that you have all the knowledge you need to be the best advocate for your child. However, if you need additional support, we are available to attend these important school meetings.