These statistics from Speech Pathology Australia show that communication and literacy difficulties are often experienced:
20% of 4 year old children have difficulty understanding or using language.
14% of 15 year old only have basic literacy skills.
Children with language difficulties are 6 times more likely to have a reading problem than children without.
46% of young Australian offenders have a language impairment.
There is a strong link between communication difficulties and poor mental health issues.
7% to 9% of children experience voice problems.
If you are concerned that your loved one has a communication difficulty, early intervention is always more effective in treating a communication issue. This is because there is less time for the speech error or communication issue to become a strong habit and pattern of behaviour. In many cases, the earlier the intervention is received, the smaller the delay will be for the child.
At Viva Speech Pathology, we treat your child to help them to converse clearly and with ease as children have many reasons to communicate every day! To help us along in the assessment process, think about your child’s general conversation skills.
All of the skills below are to do with social aspects of communication and are skills we can help to build in therapy. Consider if your child can do the following yet and let us know in the assessment:
Maintain eye contact
Respond with a smile
Watch a game and copy actions
Take turns in games
Start a game
Sing (words and actions)
Say hello and goodbye
Show you something by pointing
Give you something
Share their enjoyment
Start a conversation
Take turns in a conversation
Maintain a conversation
Agree and disagree (speech, nodding, and shaking)
Negotiate (E.g. Mummy can I… if we…)
Explain how a simple story or how to do something (Pre-Kindy onwards)
If your child has any of the following difficulties, our child speech pathologists can assess and plan speech therapy for children to help them to reach their full potential:
Babies who are using limited or no babbling between 6-10 months of age.
Late talkers (acquiring first words after 15 months and using 2-3 word phrases later than 27 months of age).
Hearing difficulties or regular ear infections.
Struggling to find the words or using incorrect or frequently using non-specific words (e.g. it, that one, here, there, those).
Difficulties understanding words, questions, or instructions.
Bilingual children who are mixing their languages and who are not developing fluency well (using full sentences) in either language.
Being quiet for most of the day
Not joining into conversation like their peers or classmates.
Hesitant to explain familiar events or activities.
Needing a lot of help to retell stories from 4 years of age.
Stuttering (repeating words or parts of words, getting stuck on words).
Experiencing a hoarse, rough, or strained voice.
Difficulties spelling, reading, and/or writing.
Since these issues can affect the quality of life of your children and reduce their confidence, you should try to resolve it as early as possible.