Speech Pathology

The Speech Pathologists at Capable Kids are equipped to assist your child in developing their communication and feeding skills. We are passionate about working with families and are able to provide services using a range of tools to address a range of communication difficulties. The following services are provided:

  • Comprehensive Speech and Language Assessment

 At Capable Kids we only use a combination of the most up to date and cutting edge standardised assessments combined with well developed clinical observation and reasoning skills and collaborative interviewing with families and educators to ensure that your child is provided with a professional and comprehensive assessment service. The Speech Pathology team have recently been involved in the CELF-5 standardisation project and we are looking forward to the release of this new language assessment Australia wide in May 2017.

  • Language Therapy

Language development starts from infancy, and children with receptive language difficulties often present as being able to follow instructions and answer questions. They can sometime be wrongly diagnosed as having attention or behavioural problems, because they have difficulty following the rules. As with all communication difficulties, receptive language difficulties should be investigates as soon as a concern is identified. If they are left untreated, the child risks falling further behind as they struggle to understand what is going on around them.

Expressive language difficulties include a wide range of symptoms, starting with children who are late to say their first words and use sentences, to children who have difficulty using the correct grammar and finding ‘the right word’ to use, to difficulty telling and writing stories and text types that are used at school. Children with expressive language difficulties often present as children who use non-specific language or have immature vocabularies. They may have difficulty with specific areas of grammar such as pronouns (he/she) or leave the little words (the, is) out of their words. They may use very simple sentences, or have difficulty using describing words in their stories. Expressive language difficulties go on to affect a child’s academic performance and should be investigated and treated as soon as a concern is identified.

Therapy techniques used at Capable Kids include:

    • Visualising Verbalising
    • The Derbyshire Language Scheme
    • Hanen
    • Langauge Stimulation Techniques
    • Academic Language and Text Type Development
  • Speech and Articulation Therapy 

Research suggests that most children sound be able to make themselves understood by strangers by the time they are 3 years old. Children with speech delay or disorder have difficulty articulating the sounds required to form words and sentences. These children may not have babbled as infants, and may drop sounds off words, leave whole parts out of words or substitute sounds in words. This makes it difficult for others to understand them, leading to frustration and possible social isolation. Speech sound delays and disorders should be treated as early as possible, as there is a great deal of research to suggest that children with speech sound difficulties are at a significantly higher risk of having literacy and reading difficulties once they start school.

Capable Kids can provide therapy using the following techniques:

    • Phonological therapy approaches
    • articulation therapy approaches
    • PROMPT
    • Cued articulation
    • Nuffield Centre Dyspraxia Programme
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) also known as Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia is a complex neurological disorder which affects the motor planning required to make the movements for speech. Children with CAS often present as being unable to produce sounds, or having poorly intelligible speech, which decreases as their sentences get longer (and the demands on the motor planning system increase). These children often have normal comprehension, but poor expressive language. They may exhibit groping or searing movements with their mouths when trying to produce a word. Some children with CAS also have oral or motor dyspraxia as well. CAS requires significant and intensive speech therapy to show improvement, and with this many children do learn to verbally communicate to some level. Other forms of communication, such as signing or picture systems may be helpful as well.

Therapy is integrates a number of the techniques used in articulation and phonology therapy including PROMPT, the ReST protocol and the NUffield Program. 

  • Stuttering Therapy

Stuttering, often referred to as stammering or fluency disorder, is a motor speech problem where a person may repeat single sounds (the b-b-b-boat) or whole words (I want want want that toy) in their conversations. Stuttering is also characterised by prolongations of sounds (I tooook to long) or blocking, where the person speaking can’t get anything out. Research suggests the when treated early before a child goes to school, stuttering can be completely or significantly remediated. However, as a child gets older, it becomes significantly more difficult to treat. Some children will grow out of stuttering; however the likelihood of this decreases if your child has been stuttering for more that 6 months, or if there is a family history of stuttering. We currently use a number of treatment protocols which are selected for each individual child based on their needs, family situation, length and type of stuttering. These include the Lidcombe Program, the Westmead Program, self imposed time out and prolonged speech techniques. 

  • Literacy

Children who are slow to develop reading may have difficulty hearing and identifying the sounds in words, blending sounds together to form words, comprehending what they read or reading fluently. Reading and literacy difficulties impact on all areas of a child’s academic progress as well as their confidence in social situations. Literacy difficulties are extremely treatable and should be addressed as soon as possible.

Capable Kids uses the following techniques to develop your child's literacy skills:

    • MiniLIT
    • PreLIT
    • Phonolgical Awareness Therapy
    • Reading comprehension therapy
  • Feeding

Sequential Oral Sensory approach for feeding difficulties and fussy eaters

  • Social Skills

Children with language and other communication difficulties often have difficulties with social interactions. This can cause problems in one on one and group play and learning situations. These difficulties may include difficulties with turn taking, impulsivity, controlling behaviour and relating to other people. Capable Kids use a range of social skills programs and techniques including the Secret Agent Society program.

  • Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex neurological disorder which affects behaviour, play, socialisation and communication skills. Children with ASD often have little or no communication, and have significant difficulty following instructions, answering questions or following adult led learning or play activities. They have difficulty expressing their needs, and this often leads to significant behavioural and social difficulties. They may present with an inability to make eye contact and have difficulty forming relationships with others. Children with ASD may or may not have deficits in IQ or developmental delays. The Speech Pathologists at Capable Kids have had experience and training in using:

    • PECS
    • RDI: Relationship Developmental Intervention
    • Floortime
    • Social Skills Development
    • ABA and behavioural technques.

The Speech Pathology team at Capable Kids are passionate about assisting your child to reach their full potential. Individual and group sessions are available in the clinic, at home and at your child's school or preschool. Joint sessions with other disciplines are also available.