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.
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.
Our caring and dedicated Speech Pathologists are committed to best practice in Speech Pathology.
Our Speech Pathologists have over 20 years of experience helping children and adolescents who have a wide range of speech, language, literacy and learning difficulties. We believe in early intervention and are confident in our ability to help children with a range of complex communication needs.
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.
How can we help?
Our Speech Pathologists can help with all aspects of speech, language and literacy. We are available for consultations:
- at our Randwick-based Clinic.
- at day-care/ pre-schools/ schools / your home.
- On-line (Tele-health).
We help with all things communication, including but not limited to:
- 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.
- Behaviour /”Acting out” – when your child cannot express his/her needs with words, they may feel overwhelmed and have tantrums.
- Listening & following directions – when a child has trouble recalling and following directions.
- Disrupted Speech / Stuttering – when it sounds like your child’s speech is disrupted and they cannot “get their words out.”
- Speech that is difficult to understand.
- Selective eating.
- Putting words into sentences.
- Conversation – when your child is having trouble holding a conversation.
- Literacy – difficulty learning to decode, blend, read, spell and write.
- Reading Comprehension – when has difficulty understanding what they read.
- Voice – hoarse or strained voice quality, vocal nodules.
- Expression – when your child finds it hard to put their thoughts & ideas into words clearly.
- Hearing – when your child has a hearing impairment.
- Accessing the curriculum – when communication difficulties affect their ability to learn.
- Friendship issues & social skills – when they miss-read social cues or have low confidence building and maintaining friendships.
- Study / exams – we assist with applications for special provisions in exams, such as for the HSC and assist students with study practices.
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. The purpose of this assessment is to get to know your child’s individual communication strengths and weaknesses.
We use up to date standardised assessment tools and we are thorough in assessing your child’s communication needs.
Our assessments are individualised for each child and cover all communication areas and feeding, as necessary. The communication areas assessed depend on your child’s needs and generally include:
- Receptive Language (understanding language)
- Expressive Language (use of language)
- Speech production
- Literacy skills (school aged children)
Once complete, we interpret the results and document them in a report for you to keep and share with the other professionals involved in your child’s care.
During our feedback session with you, we will discuss the results and form the therapy plan with you for your child.
If therapy is recommended, a suitable therapy appointment time will be booked for your child and we will get started on helping your child.
Regular, consistent therapy plus home practice of therapy target areas is the most effective way to bring about success.
We are committed to Evidence Based Practice and therefore we will only use strategies in therapy that are firmly based in scientific evidence.
Research shows that children learn best through play. We are skilled at embedding therapy into play to help your child learn and progress. We encourage parents / carers to be involved in therapy sessions and siblings too!
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, e.g.social 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.