HOW CAN WE HELP YOUR CHILD?

aT PURSUIT, WE PROVIDE THE ASSESSMENT, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT of A NUMBER OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE skills.

Early Language

The skills needed for children to begin understanding and using language. These skills include: attention, interaction, play, gestures, babble and first words.

Expressive Language

The ability for children to express themselves meaningfully when talking to others. Includes vocabulary, understanding of concepts, knowledge of the relationship between words (semantics), grammar and syntax.

Phonological Awareness & Literacy

Phonological Awareness is the awareness of, and ability to manipulate, the individual sounds in words. Phonological Awareness is important for the development of literacy skills such as reading and spelling. Well-developed reading and spelling skills are essential for academic achievement.

Speech Sounds

The ability to produce speech sounds correctly in words, sentences and conversation. Speech sound disorders often result in speech that is difficult for others to understand.

Narrative

The ability to tell, retell and write stories. Narrative skills enable children to formulate cohesive and meaningful discourse, which allows them to engage in demanding language tasks (e.g. recounting events, debates, written essays).

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)

Includes Specific Learning Disabilities in Reading (otherwise known as Dyslexia) and Writing (otherwise known as Dysgraphia). 

Comprehension

The ability to understand spoken and written language. Comprehension is essential for communicating with others and managing the demands of an academic environment.

Stuttering

A condition that affects the rhythm and flow of speech. May result in repetitions, prolongations and blocks of sounds and words.

 

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)

CAS is a developmental disorder of speech that affects a child’s ability to coordinate the muscles required for speech (i.e. lips, tongue, jaw) to produce sounds and words. It results in difficulties sequencing sounds, producing words accurately and consistently, and producing clear and intelligible speech.

Learn more about our services

we are also certified providers of the following evidence-based treatment programs:

PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)

Our Principal Speech Pathologist, Kate Brown, is a PROMPT-trained therapist. PROMPT is an evidence-based, tactile-kinaesthetic approach for the treatment of a range of speech disorders. It involves the use of touch cues to a child’s articulators (i.e. lips, jaw, tongue) to manually guide them through a targeted word, phrase or sentence. This technique is used to develop motor control and correct oral muscular movements. PROMPT is most frequently used in the treatment of articulation disorders, motor speech disorders and in non-verbal children.  To determine whether PROMPT is suitable for your child, feel free to contact Kate for more information.

It Takes Two To Talk® - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays

The Hanen ‘It Takes Two To Talk’® program is designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 4 years) with language delays.  As a Hanen Certified speech pathologist, Kate is passionate about coaching parents to provide them with practical, evidence-based strategies to support their child’s language development naturally throughout their everyday interactions.

In addition to coaching parents using Hanen principles as part of our individual client therapy services, we are proud to offer It Takes Two To Talk® workshops for parents and carers in personalised, small-group settings.  For more information about our parent workshops and the latest calendar of events, please contact us.