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28 Aug 2020

What happens in Speech Therapy?

In this article, we hear from our Ipswich based speech therapy team about what parents and children can expect when they have been referred for speech therapy.

Your child may have been referred for speech therapy because they are experiencing challenges with communication or feeding (or both of these things). Speech Therapy is delivered by a university trained Speech Pathologist.

Our Ipswich team includes Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who work together as a team to support your child to meet their overall therapy goals.

The first thing that will happen at the start of your speech therapy journey is that your child’s Speech Pathologist will complete an assessment to see where your child is at and determine what support and treatment they need. As part of the assessment process your child’s Speech Pathologist will take into account your child’s diagnosis, history, as well as observing and more formally assessing your child. This will help your Speech Pathologist to development an individualised treatment plan for your child.

What does a Speech therapy session look like?

Firstly, there’s no such thing as a “standard” speech therapy session. Each session will be tailored to the needs, abilities and goals of the child. For younger children in particular a speech therapy session looks a lot like play.

Our Ipswich team love to use games and toys to help your child meet their therapy goals. For example playing with a favoured toy encourages children to communicate in a natural way that can be replicated outside of formal sessions, your child will be encouraged to ask to initiate play and for “turns” during play.

As well as everyday items likes games and toys that you may have at home, your speech therapist may also use specialised therapy materials during a speech therapy session. These might include language based board games, articulation games, sequencing activities, communication boards and Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) books.

Older children might do some work at a table during their session but the goal is always to make treatment enjoyable and for your child to feel relaxed and comfortable.

If your child has oral motors needs and they need support for swallowing and feeding, specific activities will be incorporated to support your child in these areas.

Further information

Our team of dedicated speech therapists have availability to support more children and families in the Ipswich area. For further information or to make an enquiry call 1800 XAVIER or email inatke@xavier.org.au