Speech pathology & education
Helping children grow their own stories.
SPEECH PATHOLOGY SERVICES
An Australian Continuing Professional Development experience for Early Childhood Educators to help children connect comprehend and contribute with confidence so that they are ready for school.
One-to-one consultancy and coaching for educators and early career speech pathologists to refine their skills so that they are confident in the ways they support children's speech, language and literacy.
Words to Grow® is a speech pathology clinic that delivers high-quality, individualised, value-for-money services that children look forward to. We focus on the strengths of the child, speak in possibilities and meet outcomes in innovative ways.
There is no single answer for this question. There are many reasons why a child might have difficulties communicating. If you’re interested to read more about this, you can read about it here. In most cases, Speech Pathologists are interested in gaining a picture of your child’s strengths and weaknesses across all areas of communication and using their strengths to help their development.
Another way to ask this question might be, what happens if I delay speech therapy? Will they just “fix it” as they grow up? This sometimes happens, but not always, and research shows that early intervention makes a substantial difference! Because speech and language skills are the FOUNDATION to learning to read and write, if we can provide children with the skills they need before they go to school – the better success they will have in learning. But it’s never too late!
No – if you have concerns about your child’s communication, you can make an appointment directly by phone or email. If your child is eligible for allied health services under a Team Care Arrangement or Chronic Disease Management plan, you will need a referral from your General Practitioner.
There is so much variability to this question. It depends on the type of speech, language or literacy difficulties, the complexity of a child’s communication system, what your goals are, how frequent the sessions are, how often you practise and how your individual child responds to therapy. It can be anywhere from a few weeks to the rest of their school-life. Most families attend several blocks of weekly therapy over 1-2 years.
All children have an initial assessment at Words To Grow; this provides the clinician with a thorough understanding of what your child’s strengths and needs are first hand. Please provide previous assessment results to Words To Grow to help us have the best understanding of your child’s communication development.
Words To Grow services self-managed clients only. You will need to provide us with a copy of your plan at the commencement of therapy.
Words To Grow acknowledges the Turrbal, Jagera, Quandamooka and Gubbi Gubbi people as first inhabitants and Traditional Owners and custodians of the lands, sea, sky and waterways on which we live and work. We pay our respects to the Elders past and present who continue cultural and spiritual connections to country. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, cultures and ways of being as valuable and significant to Australia and to our work as speech pathologists and educators.