A person can expect some or all of the following when commencing Speech-Language Therapy:
The first step to effective speech-language pathology intervention is an individual, in-depth assessment of speech and cognitive-linguistic skills.
Assessment procedures are chosen based on an individual’s age and the nature of their disorder. The initial assessment takes between 1-1 ½ hours and can be divided into two sessions depending on the patient and severity of the disorder. Upon completion of testing, a diagnosis is formulated and an assessment report can written. The results of the assessment are discussed with both the patient and their referring physician.
The therapist and patient then collaborate to develop an individualized treatment plan to outline the course of treatment.
With very young children therapy very often consists of parent counseling and language stimulation activities to help enable and support child development.
Intervention activities for school-age children and teenagers encompass a wide range of language-based games, literacy activities, rhymes, music, and art exercises that make language learning fun and enjoyable.
Adult clients benefit from a multitude of cognitive-linguistics techniques and computerised programs which enables us to cater to the specific needs of our patients.
Speech-language therapy sessions are typically 30 minutes in duration and are recommended at least once a week. The duration of treatment depends on the severity of the disorder, the age of the client and associated physical, emotional and social factors.