Speech Therapy for Children.
We provide specialist speech and language therapy for children.
When a child is growing up, their speech and language gives them access to the world and people around them. They learn to communicate with other people, and shape their own thoughts with words. Some children struggle with this. The earlier a child's speech and language difficulties are identified and treated the better the outcome for the child.
As a parent it can be hard to know what is "normal" speech and language development. If you are concerned about any aspect of your child's communication you can talk to us today! We have no waiting lists. This means that we can provide assessment and treatment for your child as soon as they need it. At GIANT LEAPS we know that early identification and intervention is best for children with speech and language difficulties so we won't keep you waiting!
The Speech Therapy process.
Early identification of communication difficulties is crucial. We provide "screening" assessments which are an informal evaluation process to determine whether further assessment is required. If you are concerned about your child, a brief screen of sound production, language comprehension and expressive communication can be completed to determine if more in-depth assessment is necessary. A screening is not a substitution for a comprehensive evaluation. The screening assessment will usually take about 30 minutes to complete.
A comprehensive evaluation is very important for those with a suspected communication disorder. An initial assessment will usually take between 60-90 minutes. Testing will compare the client’s skills to others of the same age (via norm and/or criterion-referenced tests). Specific areas of assessment are based on screening results and/or expressed concerns. At GIANT LEAPS we know that a team approach is the best approach to assessment. We value our collaboration with community preschools, schools, educators, healthcare professionals and other specialists during the assessment process.
Therapy is guided by the results of the assessment. Once the assessment is completed, the results will be compiled to identify the individual needs and areas of weakness. The assessment will provide a basis for what therapy techniques will be most effective for the child to progress. An intervention programme is developed specific to each individual child's needs using evidence based practices. A therapy programme may include one-on-one appointments, parent training and home programmes. It is important that therapy goals are reinforced at home to support your child's progress
Where we work.
Therapy sessions can be home or clinic based. Sessions are also carried out at preschools and schools by arrangement. We understand that every child learns differently, so we will recommend what we think will be best environment for your child to achieve their communication potential.
A team approach.
At GIANT LEAPS we know that a team approach is the best approach to client care. We value our collaboration with community preschools, schools, educators, healthcare professionals and other specialists. If you would like us to consult with your child's school, daycare or other healthcare professional, we would be happy to work as a team to help your child reach her full potential.
Don't wait and see!
It is important that you seek the advice of a professional is you are concerned about and aspect of your child's speech and language development. If you are concerned about your child's speech and language development, DON'T "WAIT AND SEE!". The biggest risk of a “wait and see” approach is lost opportunities to catch up!
Free drop-in advice clinics.
As a parent it can be hard to know what is "normal" speech and language development. So that is where we can help! Come in and see us in one of our free 'drop-in' community advice clinics. Talk to one of our NZSTA registered Speech-Language Therapists about your child's speech and language development. We will guide you to the right help and support if it is required.