Speech Pathologists work with people who have difficulties with communication. This can range from a child who has trouble saying certain sounds correctly, to an adult who experiences difficulty putting words together to form a sentence following a stroke. Speech Pathologists are trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals with a wide range of communication issues. More importantly, we are trained to do so in a way that is based on evidence and focused on improving the lives of our clients and their families.
Parents often feel unsure about whether or not their child is developing speech and language skills at a normal rate. To the untrained eye, it can be very difficult to determine if a child’s difficulties pronouncing certain sounds or putting words together in a sentence are normal for their age. To help with this, we have put together a table of communication milestones which allows you to check what is expected at your child’s age. However, as a general rule of thumb, if you are feeling unsure about your child’s communication skills, a Speech Pathologist can assist you in determining if your child is developing in a typical fashion. When concerns do arise, many people take the “wait and see” or “they’ll grow out of it” approach. Although in some circumstances this does work out well, this is not advised, as when a communication difficulty does exist, seeking intervention early is so important to minimise the impacts of the communication difficulty on your child’s social and academic development.
Although Speech Pathologists frequently work with children, many adults too have lived with a communication difficulty or acquire a communication difficulty during their life time. If you feel that your communication skills are letting you down, a Speech Pathologist can assess your concerns, provide a diagnosis and work with you to improve your communication skills.