Speech Therapy

Kids' Speech Pathology

What is children’s speech therapy?

Without the ability to effectively communicate, your little one can quickly become frustrated and upset. This often leads to us as parents feeling that frustration and helplessness, too. At Adapt and Learn, we work with your child to improve their communication skills through speech pathology.

This can include pronunciation and articulation, language skills, fluency, and even social communication — how they communicate with their peers and in the playground. For some children, we might look at alternative communication skills, where we use sign language, picture communication boards, or high-tech communication devices

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How does kids’ speech pathology support your child?

By working with your child in a one-on-one setting, our speech pathologist will use a variety of techniques, exercises, and activities to support your child in developing the necessary skills they need to communicate effectively. This process is highly personalised — we’ll work with you and your child to understand exactly where communication is difficult and address the most pressing issues first.

Who does a speech pathologist support?

Speech pathology is for any child who has speech difficulties or delays or needs support to develop communication skills. It’s not always just for speech, though. Children with swallowing difficulties or feeding difficulties can really benefit from speech pathology, too.

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Visit our facility or our speech pathologists can visit your home

Making it to our centre isn’t always easy or convenient for you, your child, or the rest of the family. We know squeezing these appointments into your busy life can be tricky. Therefore, we offer both in-centre and mobile therapy, so we can meet you wherever suits you best.

Why pick Adapt and Learn for your child's speech pathology?

Experienced & caring practitioners

Our speech pathologists care for you and your little one. They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, all wrapped in care.

Support for you, too

You'll receive support and guidance from your child's speech pathologist, as well. Walk away with strategies you can implement right away.

A commitment to continuity of care

Your child will always be partnered with the same speech pathologist so they feel comfortable and supported at every stage of their therapy.

Get therapy delivered in your home

Making it to in-clinic therapy can be tricky. Our mobile therapy means we can come to you.

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Our kids’ speech pathologists travel across Brisbane, Logan, Beaudesert & Scenic Rim

Our centre is based in Ashmore, and our speech pathologists work all across Brisbane, Logan City and the Scenic Rim. We make finding consistent care for your little one easy.

QUESTIONS?

Frequently Asked Questions

No! Of course, if you do have one, then absolutely bring it along. However, we do not need a referral from a GP to see your child.

Your child might benefit from speech pathology they difficulty understanding or following instructions, have limited vocabulary or expressive language, unclear speech, stuttering, trouble engaging in conversation, or challenges with reading or writing. If you’re worried about your child’s ability to communicate, then it’s worth considering.

During a paediatric speech pathology session, your speech pathologist will assess your child’s communication skills and develop a personalised treatment plan. Therapy sessions may involve various activities, exercises, games, and techniques that work towards you and your child’s specific goals. These may include articulation exercises, language-building activities, play-based therapy, social interaction practice, and strategies to improve fluency in their speech.

Speech pathology can really be a game changer for a range of language disorders. It’s super effective for language troubles like articulation disorders, where kids have trouble making certain sounds. 

 

Then there’s expressive language disorder. This is where a child finds it hard to express themselves using words. Receptive language disorder is where understanding what others say is a challenge. Stuttering is another big one — in this case, speech language pathology can help ‘smooth out’ the flow of speech. For kids with autism, it can also help with specific challenges like echolalia, where they repeat words or phrases.

This is a really common question, and honestly, the earlier, the better. You can start seeing signs as early as 18 months. Early intervention here can make such a big difference. 

 

If you notice your child isn’t meeting typical language milestones, or if they’re diagnosed with autism or another disability that impacts speech, getting an evaluation from a speech therapist can set them on the right path.

Autistic children will often face unique speech and communication hurdles. This might be delayed speech, or they may not speak at all. Some might develop language skills but struggle with using language in a social context, like having a conversation. 

 

Echolalia is also common, where they repeat phrases they’ve heard. Understanding non-literal language like idioms or sarcasm can be especially challenging for them. A monotone voice or unusual pitch is also really common with autism.

This really varies from child to child. It depends on the child’s development so far, their specific challenges, and how they progress with therapy. Some kids might see significant improvement in a few months, while others might need ongoing support for several years. It’s a journey, and the path each child takes will be unique.

We love it when parents are keen to take extra steps at home to help their little ones. You can do a lot at home to boost their progress. Simple things like talking and reading to your child regularly can have a massive benefit. You can also play interactive games that encourage speech and the use of language. 

 

Be patient, give them time to respond, and try to use clear, simple language. And don’t forget to get excited about their efforts — it goes a long way in building their confidence!

Absolutely, speech pathology can be a big help, even for kids who are non-verbal. Speech pathologists use various techniques to improve communication — and communication doesn’t always involve spoken language. 

 

They might use sign language, picture cards, or electronic communication devices. The goal is to find the best way for your child to express themselves — whether that’s through words, gestures, or technology.

As a parent, you’re actually so important in your child’s speech pathology journey. Think of yourself as your speech pathologist’s teammate. We’re all working together to get the best result for your child. Your role is multifaceted and incredibly important. 

 

Firstly, you’re the expert on your child — you know them better than anyone else, so you can really help us shape their therapy by sharing stories from home and exciting milestones.

During therapy sessions, you might be involved in observing and participating. This isn’t just about watching. It’s about learning the techniques and strategies the speech pathologist uses. Why? Because you’ll be the one applying these at home, where most of the learning continues. The home environment is really where all the magic happens! Regularly practising the exercises you learn in the clinic when you’re at home can significantly boost your child’s progress.

 

You’re your child’s biggest fan, and you play such a big role in supporting them. Keep celebrating their milestones, no matter how small. This encouragement can make a world of difference in their confidence and excitement to engage in therapy.

 

Also, communication between you and your little one’s speech pathologist is key. Not only are our speech pathologists excited to celebrate the wins with you, but we want to tailor our speech language pathology to your family, too. Give us regular updates about your child’s progress or any difficulties you encounter at home or school. It helps our speech pathologists tweak their approach to suit your child’s needs as they continue to evolve and grow.

Let's find out how we can best support your child.

With a really personal approach to providing care and support to you and your little one, we’ll always start the process with a conversation. You can get started by giving us a call or requesting a callback.

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