As part of our clinical team, DSF speech pathologists play an important role in the prevention, early intervention and management of language and literacy difficulties in children.  

Evidence-based practise, drawn from current research, underpins all services provided by the team of speech pathologists at DSF. Our speech pathologists are able to provide consulations, speech therapy, assessments, group tuition, professional development and school-based screening.  In addition to providing direct support to children, students and adults, our speech pathologists have developed a close association with Curtin University to undergo literacy and language research as well as to supervise speech pathology honours students.

 


Assessments

The assessment of speech, language and literacy skills from early childhood through to adulthood can provide valuable information, profiling strengths and weaknesses in communication and literacy.

Assessment by a speech pathologist can be conducted over one or two sessions, depending on the areas requiring investigation.

Assessment can focus on one or more of the following areas:
  • Comprehension and use of spoken language
  • Phonological processing
  • Speech sound development (articulation and phonology)
  • Literacy skills, including the development of accurate and fluent reading, writing and spelling.


Speech Therapy

Therapy sessions are beneficial for children, adolescents and adults who need literacy support, and also for those who have speech and/or language difficulties.

Intervention can be provided for areas of concern including oral language, written language, reading, spelling and articulation (speech sounds).


Consultations

A consultation with a DSF speech pathologist can provide valuable information in relation to your concerns about your child’s development or academic progress. It is also useful to help determine whether or not your child would benefit from an assessment.

DSF speech pathologists are also able to consult with teachers, to support them to modify their language for children with language difficulties, and optimise learning within the classroom


Group Tuition

DSF speech pathologists are trained to use evidence-based programs, including Sounds~Write and Talk for Writing, to develop students’ reading, spelling and written expression skills. Group programs are tailored to reflect each student’s specific needs and are conducted at our South Perth Clinic or at our liteacy clinic located at The Mezz Shopping Centre.


Training

DSF speech pathologists present both on-site and off-site workshops to teachers and parents on a variety of topics relating to language or literacy development


 Screening

DSF speech pathologists offer high quality screening on-site at schools for kindergarten and/or pre-primary students. Carefully constructed screening tools identify difficulties with oral language, early literacy, articulation, fluency (stuttering) and social skills; all of which may impact on a student’s learning in the classroom, and communication across contexts. Individual reports, including recommendations, are prepared for each child, and consultation with both the teaching staff and parents is provided.

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