Northside Speech

Services

Assessments

Communication difficulties are common, but some types of difficulties can be hidden. If you are concerned, speak to us about whether an assessment may be appropriate.

Treatments

We offer treatments for people who experience communication and/or feeding difficulties. We work towards the goals that are relevant to you and your life.

Training

We can work with parents, carers, educators, and support workers to provide a variety of training options.

Language

Language therapy can help those with a developmental delay or a language disorder to develop skills in:

  • understanding what others say (receptive language),
  • and using words to communicate (expressive language).

Language therapy may work on skills such as:

  • following instructions
  • understanding and responding appropriately to questions
  • talking about what has happened during the day
  • using a broader range of vocabulary
  • using grammatically correct sentences
  • including the appropriate details when telling a story

Literacy

Literacy therapy can help those with a learning difficulty or disability to develop their reading and writing skills.

We can work with people who require one-to-one support, from preschoolers through to adults. We can support skill development from pre-literacy through to functional reading and writing.

Literacy therapy may work on skills such as:

  • paying attention to the sounds in words
  • sounding out and spelling unfamiliar words correctly
  • reading more quickly and efficiently
  • understanding what was read
  • writing grammatically correct sentences
  • writing texts that are appropriate for different situations

Feeding

Feeding therapy can help those for whom feeding and eating is difficult or doesn’t come naturally.

We prioritise eating and drinking safely, adequate food intake, the development of skills, and positive mealtimes.

Feeding therapy may work on skills such as:

  • transitioning from breast/bottle feeding to accepting solids
  • accepting and managing new textures of food
  • minimising the risk of choking and of food entering the airways
  • managing mealtimes to ensure safe and adequate intake

 

Fluency

Trying to communicate can be frustrating for those who stutter.

We can help those who stutter to develop their skills in managing and controlling their speech, and to speak without stuttering as much as possible.

Fluency therapy may work on skills such as:

  • speaking without stuttering, or reducing stuttering
  • managing a stutter

Voice

Voice therapy can help people to recover from a voice problem, such as a hoarse, croaky, strained, or overly quiet voice.

For people who have frequent or recurrent voice problems, voice therapy can help establish healthy voice habits. We can also teach ways of using the voice that reduce the risk of voice problems.

Voice therapy may address issues such as:

  • recovering from a hoarse or strained voice
  • preventing the voice from becoming hoarse or strained as often

Social Communication

Navigating the social world can be a challenge for those who have autism spectrum disorders or other social communication difficulties.

We can work with individuals and those around them to identify strategies and interventions that may help develop social understanding and promote social participation.

Social communication therapy may work on skills such as:

  • engaging with others for longer periods to create opportunities for social interaction
  • understanding what people communicate through their body language or the way they talk
  • understanding how to effectively communicate in different situations
  • using language to communicate with others

Speech

Speech therapy can help those whose speech is unclear or difficult to understand, or who have difficulty pronouncing certain sounds.

We can help to identify what is making speech difficult for others to understand. We can help people learn to say sounds, words, and sentences correctly, or to achieve their clearest and most natural-sounding speech.

Speech therapy may work on skills such as:

  • pronouncing the sounds of English correctly
  • speaking clearly so that others are able to understand

Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)

We can work with those who cannot (or cannot always) communicate through spoken words, and the networks around them. We can help to explore strategies and systems that may provide support.

We can also work with current AAC users to maintain, upgrade, or up-skill in existing low-tech and high-tech systems.

AAC therapy may work on skills such as:

  • helping others to interpret gestures, body language, and behaviour as communication
  • using simplified sign language to help others understand
  • pointing to pictures to express wants and needs
  • expressing ideas via a speech generating device
  • typing messages
  • supporting those in your care to use their AAC systems
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