Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Finding Speech Pathologists in Australia

Speech pathologists in Australia have either undertaken a four year undergraduate degree or a two year Masters degree in Speech Pathology. Through their studies, they had gained in-depth knowledge in a variety of areas relating to communication. They work with both adults and children with a range of communication or swallowing disorders. They are specialists in areas such as child development, language development, and speech delays and/or disorders. Through the assistance of these experts, many children with autism and other disorders have been identified and adequately assisted to improve their daily life.
Speech pathologists in Australia have impacted the lives of many families who have a child with a disorder such as autism spectrum disorder. Their role is very significant. They help assess children to determine whether or not they fit the criteria for a specific diagnosis. Using the results from the assessment, they are able to tailor therapy to suit the individual needs of the child and their family. They are able to give advice surrounding a number of daily struggles typically experienced when a child has an autism spectrum disorder, such as coping with changes in routine. They use their acquired skills to enhance the child’s ability to function appropriately in their day to day life.
There are a number of speech pathologists in Australia that render services to children with speech and language disorders, including those resulting from autism spectrum disorder. If you have a child that is suffering from such a disorder, it is beneficial to refer them to a certified speech pathologist. They will be able to assess your child and develop an appropriate treatment plan to help your child reach their potential. Research has demonstrated that early intervention is most effective, and for this reason, it is never too early to seek advice or therapy.
Speech pathologists in Australia are capable of helping children with difficulties in learning, socialising/pragmatic development, voice, early literacy development, speech and language development, and other areas related to communication. If you have noticed your child (or a child in your class if you are a school or kindergarten teacher) is struggling in any of these areas, the best way to assist them is by referring them to a speech pathologist. They will give you the most accurate and useful guidance so you can help your child improve their communication skills. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Improving Communication | Speech Pathologist Australia

One in almost seven Australians has some forms of communication disabilities that are affecting their lives daily. This means that one in seven people has difficulties understanding other people or being understood by people. These difficulties include multiple problems with speaking, understanding what people say, reading, writing, voice problems and stuttering.

Rebekah Sue, the founder of Designed 2 Shine Speech Pathology in Box Hill Melbourne, is a registered speech pathologist with more than 5 years experience. Designed 2 Shine Speech Pathology was launched in 2011 with a dream to enhance the quality of life of many individuals, children and adults alike, by improving their communication abilities. As an accomplished speech pathologist from Australia, she works with a diverse group of people from diverse backgrounds and places including Community Health centres, Hospitals and Outreach services centres, to name a few. She also has the experience of working at an orphanage in South-East Asia.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Early Signs to help Identify Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder is now recognised as a relatively common neurodevelopmental disorder. It is commonly diagnosed in a child’s early years, although its cause is yet to be determined.

The level at which this brain-based condition may affect a child varies; hence why it is called a “spectrum disorder”. While some children with Autism Spectrum Disorder may function well with very minor limitations in day to day life, other children experience severe limitations in most areas of daily living.

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder can be diagnosed as early as three years of age. They typically exhibit difficulties in a number of key areas. A child that exhibits the following characteristics may very well have an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

■ Communication and Language: Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder usually have disordered expressive and receptive language. They find it difficult to comprehend what others are saying, following simple instructions, and expressing themselves using words. Some may have good language skills, but exhibit behaviours like: categorising things around them, limited desire to communicate with others, and rarely using non-verbal gestures to communicate.

■ Social Interaction and Relationships: Most children with Autism Spectrum Disorder rarely socialise with others. They seldom respond to gestures from others and make eye contact. They are generally uninterested in socialising.

■ Repetitive Behaviour and Routines: At a very young age, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder often demonstrate extreme resistance to changes in daily routine. They often require routine to cope and continuously want everything to follow the same pattern around them. They often engage in repetitive behaviours such as hand flapping, spinning of objects or repeatedly saying the same phrases (echolalia). They often have restricted and obsessive interests.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Speech Disorder - Language Delay - ASD - Accent Reduction Therapy

Designed2Shine Speech Therapy Pathology offers a range of services to children of all ages. If you found your child is a late talker, having difficulties to follow instruction, speech is not clear enough to understand, we can help your child in various ways to recover these problems. Not only that if any adult has accent problem or if you think your communication skill is  blocking to gain success, we can help you by developing your communication skill. This will also help you to increase your English speaking skill.

    •     Speech/Articulation
    •     Language
    •     Dyspraxia
    •     Stuttering
    •     Social Skills
    •     Early Reading, Writing & Spelling
    •     Auditory Processing Disorder
    •     Autism Spectrum Disorder  

Communication skills are very important for job performance, educational advancement and everyday life activities. If you face any of the following situation, modifying your accent will show the way of relief and success.
    •     experience frustration from continuously having to repeat yourself
    •     avoid social interaction with those who have trouble understanding you
    •     focus on your accent more than on what you are trying to say

Location: Mindful Wellness Centre, 46 Birdwood St, Box Hill South VIC 3128

Sessions also available at: Advocate Medical Centre, 6 Landale St, Box Hill, 3128


Mobile: 0415 181 278