8 Hillcrest Drive, St. Ives NSW 2075 Australia, Phone No.02 9440 0543

Difficulties

Speech pathologists address a number of different communication and learning difficulties. Many of these problems are interrelated and can fit under different headings, but generally they can be broken into three categories. These include:

Social Communication

For example, autistic spectrum disorders and Asperger's Syndrome.

Language Development

This includes receptive language difficulties, understanding spoken and written language; and expressive language difficulties, which describes expressing oneself with spoken and written language.

Stuttering, or even mild problems in spoken language, can have an impact on learning in school. Problems in understanding language can affect almost every aspect of school, including:

  • following directions
  • learning vocabulary
  • understanding instruction
  • reading comprehension

Literacy

This includes reading and writing. Reading is now thought of as a part of language ability, however, having good language ability does not necessarily equate to good reading ability. Reading involves the fluent, accurate recognition of words as well as a clear grasp of the meanings of the symbols. Writing can be addressed by speech pathologists in our clinic, but some difficulties, such as fine motor coordination can be more specifically helped by working with an occupational therapist.

There are also other general areas that our speech therapists work on, including working memory, cognition (mental ability), problem solving, essay writing, voice training and elocution.