SPEECH Therapy OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT
THERE ARE A FEW SIGNS YOUR CHILD NEEDS THERAPY... but don't panic! we are here to help
We will test the patient to begin with using standardised psychometric tests for all areas of speech, language, learning, reading, writing, social interaction and regulation skills, occupational skills, mobility.
We provide a confidential detailed report to you and can diagnose difficulties for NDIS funding or school purposes.
We can also confidentially work with the patient with no diagnosis or report if you prefer.
PARENTS OR PRESCHOOLS ARE
USUALLY CONCERNED WHEN:
Your child has no speech after 12 months of age, no sentences at 2 years of age or unclear speech after three years of age
Your child has any speech or language difficulties after 4 years of age including a lisp
They experience difficulty acquiring reading and writing skills similar to peers
Your child is repeating words, sound phrases, or saying too many "ums", "ahhs", etc at any age. Stuttering needs to be treated immediately it starts even at two years and is best treated at three and four years of age
Your child is experiencing poor writing skills at school age
They have poor academic progress or needing special education at any age especially second and third grade or year 7 and 8. This may be due to language, writing or reading or processing difficulties and needs to be identified and helped by individual instruction as early as possible.
They have an inability to tell stories after 3 years or an inability to write stories at 7 years
Your child is displaying unusual or repetitive behaviours or obsessions such as only being able to talk about one subject or holding up objects and staring at them for more than 5 seconds
They employ poor sentence construction or verbal or written grammar such as incorrect tense or pronouns incorrect or no complex sentences in speech or writing
It seems that they are needing special provisions for high school (we provide detailed special provision reports for this for learning support needed for special exam provisions such as NAPLAN and leaving certificates such as use of a reader and scribe.) All reports are based upon standardised quantitative measurement of skills using valid and reliable testing regimes on large Australian and US samples such as the CELF test and extensive standardised testing of reading and writing fluency and accuracy and comprehension.
Your child has poor social interaction skills or too shy, poor friendships at any age, poor pragmatic or social skills, difficulty coping with new environments, difficulty coping with school or preschool.
There are signs of developmental delay including teenagers + young and older adults needing help with self care, communication, vocational skills, life skills, living skills.
Or even challenging behaviours at any age. Children as young as two and three are aware of speech or learning difficulties and develop challenging behaviours due to frustration. Once their speech and learning is helped they improve a great deal in their behaviour as well.
When your child is not talking and you are not sure why, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Today you will learn about language milestones and also red flags for autism. It is important to know the facts, so that you can advocate and help your child. In general, there are things we can do as parents everyday to embed opportunities to work on communication and social skills in the home environment. I have created an easy to use free printable with these strategies, make sure to put your email in down below to get your copy today of our strategies for development and for our "Turning Learning difficulties into superpowers book"
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a wealth of information about developmental milestones. Developmental milestones can give us a better idea of what our child should be doing at different times in their development. Milestones matter! If your child is not doing these things, it is important to share your concern with your therapist. We can provide an assessment that includes three assessment periods of one hour each with measurement and tests not just quickly talking to your child and making an uninformed decision. Then we write a detailed report that if eligible will fit the NDIS criteria if you need NDIS funding. We have helped families who are eligible for fudning but whose doctor has writtena quick report get a review and success by knowing the NDIS functional disability criteria and legislation and addressing these in the report.
If you are concerned there usually is something to worry about so follow your gut feeling. Heres some guidleliens from the centre for disease control:
At 2 months of age most babies:
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Language Milestones. Available from www.asha.org
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. Developmental Milestones. Available from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html
Family Resources. (n.d.). Retrieved June 13, 2020, from https://autismnavigator.com/family-resources/