-
Children Services
  • Assessment and diagnosis of communication difficulties
  • Individualised therapy

Assessment
Why do we assess?
  • To determine a diagnosis
  • To determine eligibility/ need for services
  • To establish a baseline - the current skill level
  • To develop goals for therapy
  • To measure and document therapy

What do we assess?
  • Comprehension and Expression
  • Spoken, written, gestural and use of AAC systems
  • The content of language: vocabulary (word knowledge) and semantics (system of meanings)
  • The form of language: syntax (rules of sentence formation), morphology (rules of word formation e.g. runned vs ran), phonology (the sound system)
  • The use of language: pragmatics (social language and social skills)
  • Collateral areas: voice, fluency, social, emotional and behavioural functioning, motor speech and oral motor functioning.

How do we assess?
  • Norm-referenced assessment tools - compare scores to peer group
  • Criterion-referenced assessment tools - measures whether a skill is present or absent
  • Interviewing
  • Behavioural Observation - to determine specific assessment and view child's performance in natural context
  • Language samples - eliciting a sample of the child's best conversational speech

Therapy:

Speech
making the right sounds
Language
understanding and using words and sentences
Fluency (Stuttering)
the smooth rhythm of speaking
Voice
production of sound from the voice box 
 
Fact Sheets:


Medicare rebates are available....

For further information about our services or to refer a potential client please contact me.