speech therapy for children.

GIANT LEAPS provides 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.



  enquire I refer.

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.

screening.

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.

assessment.

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.

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 & 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.

We offer a FREE ‘drop-in’ advice clinic service where you can get specialist advice and information from one of our NZSTA Speech Therapists. Drop-in and talk to us about ‘normal’ speech + language development, ways you can support your child’s development and the how you can access speech therapy services if your child needs to. 

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our expertise.

speech.

Children who are unclear, especially if their parents cannot understand them, may have a speech impairment. Speech impairment, sometimes called speech disorder, may affect the child’s ability to say single sounds (articulation), or use sounds in words and sentences (phonological disorder). Some children may have difficulty hearing the difference between different sounds, and have difficulty splitting a word into different smaller chunks (syllables and sounds). Read more...


language.
A language impairment can affect a child’s ability to understand (receptive language); to put spoken sentences together (expressive language); to develop vocabulary (word recognition and naming skills); and to recall what has been said (auditory memory). Some children recognize words but can’t recall them for use in spoken sentences (word finding difficulties). Read more...


stuttering.
Developmental stuttering occurs initially during childhood. Overt speech symptoms may include whole word and part-word repetitions, prolongations, and/or blocking on some sounds. Acquired stammering usually has a later onset but can also include children and may be associated with a significant event. Speaking fluently is important when relaying information and socializing. It is important for a child to have fluent speech so that they are able to get their needs and wants met and to be able to effectively express their thoughts and ideas. Read more...





voice.

Children may present with a hoarse or ‘creaky’ voice, a whisper or no voice at all. Hyper functional voice disorders fall into two categories. Muscle tension voice disorders cover vocal strain and vocal misuse (from, for example, shouting and screaming). Psychogenic voice disorders range from complete voice absence to varying degrees of vocal impairment. Read more...


social  skills. 

Social communication includes sharing a mutual interest by pointing, looking and sharing verbal as well as nonverbal communication (such as facial expressions and gestures). Some children have difficulty interpreting and using these social skills and this affects their ability to play imaginatively, make friends and learn and interact with others. Read more...

hearing.

Although the majority of children with hearing difficulties are identified through the newborn screening programme, some children suffer from progressive or sudden onset hearing loss. Children under the age of five are the largest group affected by glue ear. Glue ear can cause temporary and fluctuating deafness, delayed speech development in young children and affect children’s behaviour and their educational progress. Read more...




literacy difficulties.

Reading disorder is a learning disorder that involves significant impairment of reading accuracy, speed, or comprehension to the extent that the impairment interferes with academic achievement or activities of daily life. People with reading disorder perform reading tasks well below the level one would expect on the basis of their general intelligence, educational opportunities, and physical health. The ability to decode letters and sounds is essential for reading and writing success. Read more...


autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is the name for a group of conditions that affect the way people make sense of the world. ASD’s are life-long issues that affect social and communication skills as well as the way those with ASD think and behave. Read more...

auditory processing difficulties (APD).

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is a hearing disorder in which the ears process sound normally but the hearing centers and circuits of the brain don’t correctly process incoming information. This can affect understanding, especially in challenging listening situations such as in the presence of other distracting sound, or when listening to complex information or instructions.1 in 20 children may suffer from Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). Read more...