Speech Pathology

At Inclusive Directions our qualified speech pathology team, diagnose and treat communication disorders.  We fully support the importance of alternative modes of communication, such as signing or picture communication systems.  However, we also have a strong focus on oral communication, and will work hard to establish if a child can learn to speak.

Speech pathology services include


Together with our multidisciplinary team, speech pathologists will work on the following areas:

  • Speech disorders, including difficulties pronouncing speech sounds.
  • Engagement with the world, focusing on preverbal communication skills such as taking turns, looking at a speaker, sharing enjoyment, and focusing on the same activity as someone else.
  • Vocabulary and sentence structure, helping clients to understand and use a greater variety of words and longer sentences.
  • Alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), helping children who are very delayed or unable to learn to speak, to use other means of communication such as signing or picture communication.
  • Social language use, helping clients to understand what they can say in different situations, how to change their language for different situations, and how to use their communication skills to make friends and get along with people in authority, such as teachers or employers.
  • Language for learning, helping clients to understand and use the language used in classrooms.
  • Language for thinking, helping clients to use language for reasoning and problem-solving, and to use language for self-regulation.
  • Pre-literacy, helping children learn the skills necessary for learning to read and write.
  • Literacy, helping clients learn to read and write words and sentences, and developing their understanding of what they read, as well as their ability to write different types of text for school or in the workplace (emails, SMS, essays, persuasive text).
  • Mealtimes and fussy eaters are supported using a team approach.
  • Complex communication needs in older clients are addressed using a team approach with behaviour therapists, psychologists, Occupational Therapists, teachers, and families. We understand that behaviour is used as communication, and where clients are unable to express their needs and thoughts, or engage with people around them, negative behaviours may occur.  Together with other team members, the speech pathologists will implement alternative communication systems, including communication boards and iPad technology to help these clients have a voice.

What make our service unique?

We are very privileged to be part of a strong multidisciplinary team, who share information and have regular case discussions so that clients are given holistic intervention.  Speech pathologists have input into the ABA and Positive Behaviour Support programs, and will provide communication-based goals and activities as part of the behaviour programs, where appropriate.  This teamwork maximises the effectiveness of the therapy, and can help children to progress faster.

Our main goal as speech pathologists is to see the client included within his or her family, friendship groups, educational settings, and employment or residential settings; and to have a voice within these settings.

For more information or to sign up Via email clientsupport.sa@benevolent.org.au or by calling our friendly reception team on 7325 8600 .

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