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Why does a school student need a  speech pathologist's help?

When a child starts school, they should be able to understand what people say to them, use language to express themselves clearly, share their feelings and make their needs known.

A child’s skills in speech, language and communication is essential for the development of a child’s thinking, social and emotional success and functioning in their day to day life.

In many ways our ability to communicate defines us, as it is the link with being part of a family, making friendships, being part of our society.  

School is like a small example of our society, children need to understand their teacher, their classmates, understand the rules, understand how to be part of games and discussions.

Speech in Focus, Speech Pathology Services can help students who are experiencing challenges with learning at school.  Therapy is focused on developing skills that will assist with their learning and improve their participation at school.

Children starting school with speech, language and communication challenges may struggle with any aspect of communication and they can become withdrawn or present with challenging behaviour within the primary school environment.

Does your child experience.....?

  • A limited range of words compared to children the same age.
  • Frequently says “um” and uses general words like “stuff” and “things” for more precise words.
  • Has trouble learning and remembering new  words.
  • Finds it difficulty to explain their ideas.
  • Leaves out key words and confuses verb tense.
  • Uses certain phrases and sentencees over and over again when talking.
  • Seems frustrated by having trouble in communicating their thoughts.
  • May not talk much or often, but understands what other people say.
  • Avoids putting up their hand in class.
  • Finds it too hard to understand their teacher.
  • Avoids reading and completing school work at home.
  • Can clearly pronounce words and sounds, but sentences often don’t make sense.
  • Sits for very short periods, and 'hates' doing work.

Language is oral  - it is in both using and understanding words, sentences and questions, short stories,  sharing news, discussing a topic.

Language is written – it is in both using and understanding grammar, sentences, instructions, questions, organising thoughts, linking ideas, analysing information, matching thoughts to words, understanding information in texts.

Assessments for supporting a student at school.

Speech in Focus, Speech Pathology Services provides assessments and reports for students who requires support at school.

Assessments are in the following areas:

  • oral language
  • written language
  • reading
  • speech sound production
  • pragmatics - social cognition
  • vocabulary

School is a place that needs language, speech and communication skills to learn.