Koorana Speech Pathologist
I love working with children - It still surprises me sometimes how much I really love it.
About me …
I guess you could say, my career in Speech Pathology evolved from a bad mark in chemistry and a passion for language variation and use. It took one lecture in linguistics to convince me that the study of language was something I could connect with on a very deep level.
The ability to communicate …
Recently, I was working with a child with an inconsistent speech sound disorder. The family had been receiving therapy for some time but with little improvement. I met the family as a new therapist and was able to offer a fresh perspective. Within two months of applying a different therapy approach, the child had made huge improvement and was much easier to understand – this was a wonderful moment for the whole family, not to mention a great confidence boost for the child!
As a Speech Pathologist, I have been fortunate to work with families and carers from a range of backgrounds. Being able to contribute to positive change in a child’s life is always a great feeling – It’s a big deal when a child discovers their ability to communicate.
My advice …
I encourage parents to understand the importance of supporting communication in their children. There are very simple daily activities parents can do with their children to encourage speech. The act of asking open questions that connect with a child’s interests, will help a child find their voice. Engaging children in daily conversation and communication activities will help them to develop skills and build confidence in using language.
There are many ways in which you can target communication with a child that is fun and engaging. The trick is to give them space and let them take the lead. Children don’t want to be pestered to speak. Instead, step back and wait for them to offer communication opportunities of their own. These may be connected to their favourite toy or a thing they like to do. It can even be as simple as giving choices at breakfast time, “would you like cereal or toast?”.
Above all else – encourage communication with communication. Talk with your child in a way that allows and encourages them to talk back to you.
Speech Pathologist – Koorana Child and Family Services