Speech Pathologists from South Coast Speech Pathology conduct assessments to help families have a clearer picture of their child’s communication strengths and areas for development.
A communication assessment can evaluate a child’s speech sound development, their oral language abilities, their literacy skills and their ability to speak fluency (i.e. without stuttering). Our assessments can also help children and their families to understand their social communication strengths and differences. Some of our therapists have a special interest in assessing feeding, swallowing and mealtime difficulties.
Assessments also help us to:
- Support children undergoing investigation for a diagnosis and/or applications for funding (e.g. NDIS)
- Show evidence of a child’s strengths and support needs when transitioning to a new learning environment, such as preschool or school.
- Provide inclusive strategies for promoting communication development, social engagement and learning.
Assessments are also used to set therapy goals, to develop an evidence based approach to therapy, and to show therapy progress.
SCSP usually offers once-off assessments during school holiday periods.
South Coast Speech Pathology (SCSP) provides therapy sessions and programs that are designed to build on individual strengths, and to strengthen developing areas. Our Speech Pathologists are trained in a number techniques and programs. However, therapy is always based on a combination of evidence-based techniques and strategies designed to create an individualised approach that aligns with the client’s goals and priorities. Speech therapy is definitely not a one-size-fits-all approach!
Clients who receive therapy with us are allocated a regular therapy spot, occurring at the same day and time each week or fortnight. Therapy sessions can take place at your nearest SCSP clinic, or we offer mobile therapy spots (travel fees apply). This means that we visit clients at their childcare, preschool, school, or home across the South Coast (from Nowra to Wollongong, and the Eurobodalla shire).
For those families who would prefer a different model of support to a regular therapy spot, we also offer;
- Short term therapy blocks (weekly sessions for 10-12 weeks)
- Home therapy programs
- Intensive therapy blocks during school holidays (2-3 sessions per week)
- Group holiday programs
- Caregiver/parent coaching sessions
Being able to read and write is a fundamental human right, however it is not something that we are born with the “hard wiring” to do. It is something that must be taught.
South Coast Speech Pathology (SCSP) aims to make quality literacy instruction accessible and affordable. We can offer evidence based home programs for those who are unable to access traditional therapy services.
Our literacy programs are tailored to suit you, and provide clear instructions so that parents, carers and educators can easily and confidently deliver the program. SCSP provides remote support to complement the program.
We always begin with an initial assessment to guide the development of the literacy program. At the end of each term, a review assessment will take place to show progress, and to help guide the next step. These initial and review assessments can take place in person or via telehealth.
Training and Consultation
South Coast Speech Pathology offers in person and Telehealth training and consultation to caregivers and educators.
For parents and caregivers:
- Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk
- Hanen: More than Words
- Circle of Security: Parenting
- Creating positive mealtimes
- Using AAC and visuals at home
- Play based strategies to support language development in 0-3 year olds
- Getting ready for school
For educators and service providers:
- Hanen: Learning Language and Loving It
- Hanen: Teacher Talk
- Literacy based learning difficulties
- Feeding and mealtime strategies
- Using AAC and visuals in childcare centres and preschools
- Supporting children with speech and language difficulties in the classroom
Speech Pathologists can use telehealth to do assessments, therapy and training/consulting online. South Coast Speech Pathology (SCSP) views teletherapy as the perfect side-kick for supporting families and individuals who live in rural and remote areas and can’t access regular in-person appointments.
Telehealth occurs in real-time; it’s just like having an in-person consultation with a Speech Pathologist. All you will need is a computer (with a webcam and microphone) or an iPad/tablet and a reliable internet connection. We will guide you through the few simple steps required to connect to your appointment on the day.
You are welcome to contact us if you are interested in accessing Speech Pathology support with us and you would like a copy of our fee and service schedule.
If you would like to pay for Speech Pathology services with NDIS funding, please note that we can only see NDIS self-managed and plan-managed clients.