CliniKids offers a range of Speech Pathology, Psychology and Occupational Therapy services, including autism specific programs and interventions. Find out more about our services using the drop down menus below.
Speech pathologists focus on developing children’s communication skills. The benefit of working with a speech pathologist is that they are specifically trained to analyse speech, language, and social communication abilities; set individualised goals; and advise on optimal treatment approaches. Parents are involved in all aspects of speech pathology sessions, and teaching parents how to help their children outside sessions is part of the process.
A range of different treatment approaches are used in speech pathology. This means the amount of structure in sessions varies according to the approach. Therapy ranges from being naturalistic and child-led through to semi-structured or highly-structured formats in some cases. Decisions about which treatment approach offers the most effective teaching depend on a child’s developmental and functional communication needs, the research evidence, and family discussions.
Our experienced Speech Pathologists provide therapy across all domains, with specialist skills in:
This is where a child struggles to learn vocabulary and use sentences as easily as their peers. Children may also have difficulties understanding questions, instructions, and stories. Some children may be verbal but still need help with their language skills. Other children may need a different communication system (e.g., pictures, signs, communication books or electronic devices).
Speech sound difficulties
This is when a child’s speech is hard to understand. Depending on age and ability, a child may be mildly unclear or may have trouble making many sounds. There are different types of speech sound disorders such as phonological disorders, articulation disorders, and childhood apraxia of speech, sometimes known as dyspraxia (difficulty with coordinated muscle movements required for speech).
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
If an individual does not possess enough verbal langauge to clearly express their thoughts, feelings and ideas, a speech pathologist may work with them to explore alterative or additional methods of communication. AAC systems can range from unaided systems such as gesture, to simple picture-based systems, all the way up to high tech communication systems or a combination of systems. Prescription and implementation of AAC systems requires input from specially trained Speech Pathologists.
Occupational therapists work with people to assist them to do all of the things they need to do throughout their day - Occupaitonal Therapists refer to these tasks and activities as "occupations." Occupational therapists work to help people participate in their occuaptions. They support this capacity by:
building the individual's skills
upskilling families and carers to support the individual
adapting tasks and environments to support independence
Occupational therapists take a holistic view of an individual's participation, including their ability to particiapte in daily routines and family life. Occupational therapists hold a university qualification and specialised skills in:
Fine motor skills such as writing
Gross motor skills including coordination and postural stability and control
Visual perception skills required for fluent literacy
Self care skills (dressing, toileting, feeding, sleep)