What is a Speech Pathologist?

Speech pathologists are allied health professionals who are  qualified to diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders. That is, Speech Pathologists treat people who have difficulties with speech, hearing, understanding and using language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering, voice difficulties, eating and drinking. 

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At Buzzwords Speech Pathology, we focus on helping children overcome challenges with communication, in order to reduce the impact of communication difficulties on their social, personal and academic outcomes.

Why Choose Buzzwords Speech Pathology?

We truly care about achieving the best possible outcomes for each and every child we work with.

Catherine Downs (Director), has qualifications in both Speech Pathology and Psychology. These skills, together with having experienced Speech Pathologists on the team, makes Buzzwords Speech Pathology a practice ready to provide you with support, advice and practical strategies to develop  your child’s communication.  

Buzzwords Speech Pathology has been based in “The Spot,” Randwick, since 2010. Our Speech Pathologists have experience helping children and adolescents who have a wide range of speech, language, literacy and learning difficulties. We believe in early intervention, helping children with a range of complex communication needs.

Our Values

We value Communication, Connection and Collaboration and believe in working together with key people in a child’s life to develop their communication skills as early as possible, so that they can build connections with others, learn and achieve their full potential.  We aim to provide you with practical and meaningful advice at all times, to reach those goals. 


We have moved to On-Line Speech Therapy Services for the duration of the COVID-19 Crisis.

This is to ensure the utmost safety for the children and families that we work with. On-line speech therapy means you can have speech therapy in your own home or at another location. There is no need to be concerned about travelling to our clinic!

In these times of social distancing, we wish to ensure children do not miss out or regress because they do not have access to qualified Speech Pathologists to support their communication development and learning.

Tele-health is evidence based and enables continuity of care for children who are unable to come to our clinic or book a home/school visit.

Contact us on 0499 150 333 to book in an online consultation. 

How can we help?

 Your child would benefit from Speech Pathology if you have observed any of the following issues: 

  • Late talking – when your toddler is not speaking or only uses a few words.
  • Unclear Speech – when your child’s speech sounds muffled, slushy, unclear. 
  • “Acting out” & poor behaviour – when your child cannot express his/her needs with words, they may feel overwhelmed and have tantrums.
  • Poor listening or not following directions. 
  • When it sounds like your child’s speech is disrupted and they cannot “get their words out.”
  • When your child is not easily understood by others by 3.5 years of age.
  • Your child is not speaking in sentences 
  • Your child is having trouble holding a conversation.
  • Difficulty learning to read and spell.
  • Difficulty grasping or understanding what they have read.
  • Hoarse or strained voice quality.
  • When your child finds it hard to put their thoughts into words clearly.
  • When your child has a hearing impairment.
  • Communication difficulties are affecting their ability to access the school curriculum
  • Friendship issues – when they miss-read social cues or have low confidence building and maintaining friendships.
  • Exams – we assist with applications for special provisions in exams, such as for the HSC.

If you, or someone who knows your child, is concerned about your child’s communication, feel free to call us on 0499 150 333. We are here to help. 

Speech Pathology – What to expect?

The first step in helping your child is to see us for an initial consultation and assessment.  This is when we get to know your child, and their individual communication strengths and weaknesses. Once the assessment is complete, we will document the results and outline them in a report for you to keep and share with the other professionals involved in their care.

During our feedback session with you, we will discuss the results and form the therapy plan for your child.

If therapy is recommended, a suitable therapy appointment time will be booked for your child and we will get started on the therapy process. 

Regular, consistent therapy plus home practice of therapy target areas is the most effective way to bring about success. 

Assessment and Therapy


We use a range of up to date standardised assessment tools and we are thorough in assessing your child’s communication needs: speech, voice, language, literacy, pragmatics.  


Therapy sessions may take place in our clinic, your home, or in your child’s preschool or school. We are committed to Evidence Based Practice and therefore we will only use strategies in therapy that are firmly based in scientific evidence.

Our Speech Pathologists maintain regular contact  parents and also with key  teachers and carers (with parental consent). 

Our therapy sessions are designed to practice our goals in a fun way so that the sessions are more meaningful for the child. If you choose to have sessions at our office you will see an abundance of games, toys, books, craft materials that we use to maximise therapy practice. You do not need to buy endless toys for home, your child will be able to experience these toys each time they see us. We encourage parents / carers to be involved in therapy sessions and siblings too!

Kids Groups!

Phonics Refresher Groups

During the school holidays, we run small groups for Kindergarten and Year 1 students who would benefit from learning and/or reviewing their phonics skills in a fun way.

We work with groups 4-5 children per group, focusing on phonics based literacy goals. Places are limited so call us  on 0499 150 333 to book or email us via our contact form.

School Readiness – Weekly Groups

These groups are for children due to start school in 2021.  The group will run in term 4 of 2020.

This group will be for 4 children, aged 4 to 6 years, learning key skills for literacy (phonological awareness and sound – letter connections), friendship building, social skills and problem solving. 

Places are limited so call us on 0499 150 333 to book or email us via our contact form. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

School Readiness Intensive – During School Holidays

Watch this space as we will another group in January, 2021!

These groups are small (approx. 4 children) working together in a fun way to prepare for kindergarten. The groups will practice phonics for learning to read/write, friendship building and problem solving.  Places are limited so call us to book or email us via our contact form.

Social Skills Training

Our “Secret Agent Society (SAS)” social skills training groups are for 8 – 12 year old children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It runs over 9 weeks and includes  parent training, a family kit and two group follow up sessions. If you are interested in booking this for your child, please call us on 0499 150 333

Special Provisions – High School Students

Applications for Special Provisions for NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority

We assist with applications for special provisions in exams, such as for the HSC,  for students who have additional learning needs that impact their ability to complete exams. This is done to ensure students are able to complete exams on the same basis as their peers.

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) and the Disability Standards for Education (2005) require NESA to ensure that students with a disability are able to access and respond to an examination (NESA, 2019).

Typically we are involved in providing assessment results for reading, writing, comprehension and administer approved tests such as, the  YARC, CELF-5, WIAT-III, to support applications. Call us on 0499 150 333 to find out more about this service.

In Services and Workshops

Pre-School & Child-Care Workshops and In-services.

Our Speech Pathologists are available to provide in-services and workshops about all aspects of communication and how it interacts with learning and development, skills, early intervention, school readiness. 

Note: For privacy and consent reasons, we are unable to provide specific advice or services for children without their parent’s / caregiver’s written consent.