What is Paediatric Speech Pathology?
Paediatric Speech Pathologists have expertise in the assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment of preschool and school aged children presenting with a varied, and often complex, range of speech, language, social–pragmatic and language-literacy issues.
Communication difficulties frequently occur within the context of other developmental issues. A Paediatric Speech Pathologist is adept at considering other areas of a child’s development: play and cognition, behaviour, motor and social skills, including whether difficulties in these developmental areas are contributing too, or commensurate with, a child’s communication impairment.
Careful and comprehensive assessment of a child’s overall development is imperative to the Paediatric Speech Pathologist’s identification and treatment of a child’s communication impairment. Liaison with the child’s parents, educators, paediatrician or allied health specialists involved in his/her care is an important role of the Paediatric Speech Pathologist; particularly so key people can be involved in supporting the goals of a child’s Speech Pathology treatment.
Paediatric Speech Pathologists assess and treat preschool or school aged children presenting with:
- Delayed early language development or “late talkers”
- Unclear speech, articulation delay or dyspraxia
- Comprehension difficulties
- Language delay or disorder
- Pragmatic (conversational) and play/social issues
- Attention and listening difficulties
- Developmental delay or disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Language based learning and literacy issues.
Paediatric Speech Pathology should be fun! An experienced Paediatric Speech Pathologist will ensure a child’s communication skills are assessed and treated during enjoyable, interactive and play based activities. Parental involvement in treatment planning and therapy tasks is essential so as to ensure the child has the opportunity to develop his/her skills in everyday settings: at home, during playdates, at kindergarten and at school – situations that matter the most!