How will my child’s communication abilities be assessed?
The team at Little Speech pride themselves on their ability to make you and your child feel comfortable and supported throughout the entire assessment and management (where required) process.
Speech, Language and Literacy development are complex areas with assessment and management tailored specifically for your child. The initial consultation is for you (Parents/Caregivers) to attend to openly discuss concerns you have regarding your child’s speech development, language development and for school aged children literacy development (academic progress). Your Speech Pathologist will complete a detailed history documenting your child’s development, medical history, family history and any concerns. Should your child be under the care of other medical or allied health professional any reports you can bring will be most beneficial.
The information you provide helps your Speech Pathologist determine what areas require assessment and how we can best obtain a profile of your child’s abilities. Assessment fees are based on the needs of your child. If they have recently seen a Speech Pathologist further assessment may not be required and therapy can commence following this appointment.
We do recommend that this initial appointment be attended by parents/caregivers only, however, if you are unable to arrange care for your child, particularly for younger children, please feel free to bring them with you.
Some parents are concerned about how their child may behave during their assessment. Please don’t be, our speech therapists are highly skilled in managing children’s behaviours. It is not unusual for a child to be shy or nervous at their first few appointments. The most important thing to note is that assessments are fun, interactive and your child will enjoy attending.
Information obtained about your child through standard assessments and observations will be compared to what is expected of other children his/her age. At the end of their assessment appointment, your speech pathologist will provide you with formative feedback on your child’s speech and language profile and where necessary, work collaboratively with you on settings goals for your child. For older children, analysis of data may be required prior to giving specific feedback.
At All Ears & Speech our priority is to ensure the health and well-being of our team and valued clients. We understand the significant impact the Coronavirus is having on everyone and that this is one of the biggest challenges we have all faced. We are in this together and our thoughts and best wishes are with you and your families during this time.
Whilst our practice activities have slowed significantly, our team remains able to assist you with your hearing and speech healthcare. We have reduced our clinical hours, further strengthened our already exemplary hygiene practices and our Speech Pathologists are now primarily providing services online using TeleHealth.
From the 1st April 2020, we have put the following additional safeguards in place to ensure everyone’s well-being and that our business can continue to look after you and your family.
We will be offering complimentary online resources and short videos to improve children’s listening, learning, speech and language development during this time.
For our adult clients we will be providing auditory training resources to make the most of your devices, and lots of information about hearing loss and the various technologies available. Our team are excited to be updating and sharing these resources with you. As always, any feedback, or suggestions on topics that you would like covered will be warmly received.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our clients for your emails, phone calls and supportive comments during this time. These have been so encouraging and brightened our day. Our clients will continue to remain our priority and we can not thank you enough for choosing us as your service provider.
On behalf of the team at All Ears & Speech please stay safe and healthy.
Proud Director of the best team of Audiologists & Speech Pathologist in SA