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Speech Pathology
Assessment & Intervention

Speech and Language Assessment

At Spectrum we undertake a comprehensive assessment of your child’s communication skills.

Assessments can involve formal standardised tests, dynamic assessments using play, conversation and other strategies. Observation of your child’s interactions and communication with others (eg. peers, family members) and questionnaires and profiles.

These assessments allow us to gain a deeper understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses and enable us to tailor programs that focus on the unique challenges your child is facing. Our assessments cover:

  • Receptive language (what your child understands of spoken language)
  • Expressive language (your child’s use of sentences and grammar)
  • Pragmatic language (how your child uses language in a social context to interact with others)
  • Play skills
  • Literacy and phonological skills (the developmental of reading, writing and spelling skills)
  • Fluency of speech
  • Articulation (the clarity of your child’s speech)

We will also use information gathered from other professionals who know your child, including teachers, psychologists, doctors and other members of your child’s team to formulate a complete picture. If you have concerns about your child’s communication, social, friendship or academic skills please call us today to book an appointment with one of our therapists.

At Spectrum Speech our speech pathologists are trained in:

Spectrum Speech Pathology employs highly educated and skilled practitioners dedicated to improving your child’s lifestyle.

  • PROMPT
  • Hanen
  • DIR Floortime
  • Social Thinking
  • Social learning
  • Visual Strategies
  • AAC and PECS
  • SCERTS
  • Fast Forward
  • Talkabout
  • ESDM
  • Secret Agent Society
  • Story Grammar Marker
  • ADOS 2
  • Sounds Write Literacy

Speech Pathology Intervention

Speech therapy intervention at Spectrum helps children with communication difficulties develop critical speech, language and interaction skills.

Following your child’s assessment, we will plan a therapy program that is specific to your child’s needs. Spectrum speech pathologists recognise that no two children with communication challenges are alike.

Our therapists are trained in leading evidence-based practices and use these therapies and techniques for developing:

  • Spoken language.
  • Articulation and clarity of speech.
  • Conversation skills and Pragmatic language skills.
  • How children understand language.
  • How they play with others.
  • Literacy, reading and written language.
  • Augmentative and Alternative communication (using iPads, dedicated speech generating devices, Picture communication Systems, signing).

Our therapy is dynamic, fun and engaging! We use a range of strategies and incorporate your child’s interests to help support learning. Our therapy helps to strengthen the language, communication, listening and play skills needed for academic and social success at preschool and school. We are committed to working collaboratively with parents and other professionals to assist your child to generalise their newly acquired skills.

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iPads in therapy at Spectrum

iPads Apps Information

We use iPads with some fantastic Apps to enhance our therapy with our clients. We incorporate the technology into our programs to help the children with language, articulation, socialisation, understanding emotions, literacy development, leisure activities and many other areas of learning. We also teach the parents to help their children using the iPad. At Spectrum we have also developed summary sheets of our favourite iPad Apps for early language development, early concepts, vocabulary development, problem solving, social skills and literacy.

iPad Assessment Sessions

Our iPad assessment sessions are conducted by appointment. Our therapists will discuss your child’s needs and will assist you to make informed decisions about which iPad Applications to purchase to help your child with communication, socialisation, education and leisure options. Parents who have children with little or no speech may use these sessions to guide and assist their child’s communication program if he/she is using apps for augmentative communication such as Proloquo2go.

If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your child’s use of the iPad, contact our receptionist at our Essendon clinic on (03) 9379 0852. We have a range of handouts with our favourite Apps, for your free copy please visit on contact us page.

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