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Speech & Language

Speech therapy involves much more than than simply teaching a child to correctly pronounce words. In fact, a speech therapist working with an autistic child or adult may work on a wide range of skills including:

  • Non-verbal communication. This may include teaching gestural communication, or training with PECS (picture exchange cards), electronic talking devices, and other non-verbal communication tools.
  • Speech pragmatics. It's all well and good to know how to say "good morning." But it's just as important to know when, how and to whom you should say it.
  • Conversation skills. Knowing how to make statements is not the same thing as carrying on conversations. Speech therapists may work on back-and-forth exchange, sometimes known as "joint attention."
  • Concept skills. A person's ability to state abstract concepts doesn't always reflect their ability to understand them. Autistic people often have a tough time with ideas like "few," "justice," and "liberty." Speech therapists may work on building concept skills.
At MindMattrz Centre for Autism and related conditions, we aim to provide the highest quality services for children, teens, adults and families with a variety of behavioural, emotional, and speech and language issues. We also specialize in and offer specialized services for individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Conditions, and related and/or co-morbid disorders (AD/HD, semantic-pragmatic language disorder, non-verbal learning disability (NLD), anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), emotional management issues and anger management and socials skills deficits). Read more..
Queensland | Australia
Lisa O'Donnell
I am a Speech-Language Pathologist with a special interest in working with children with Autism and their families. My services are claimable through the Helping Children with Autism Funding. I use an approach called Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) to address the core deficits of Autism and not just the symptoms. Read more..
Queensland | Australia
Sunshine Coast Children's Development Centre
Our approach to child and family development is child-centred, holistic and integrated. This means we recognise each child as a unique and complex individual whose difficulties may require support from professionals in more than one field. Read more..
Queensland | Australia
Lindfield Speech Pathology & Learning Centre
Lindfield Speech Pathology’s philosophy is to ensure that each child we see receives the best possible professional care in an environment that builds confidence and real improvement. Led by Clinical Director, Devon Barnes, our team of dedicated professionals is tirelessly committed to helping you and your child with all aspects of speech, language, learning and literacy development. Read more..
New South Wales | Australia
Catherine Downs - Speech Pathologist
Catherine Downs is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and is an affiliate member of the American Speech- Language- Hearing Association (ASHA). Read more..
New South Wales | Australia
Talking Heads Speech Pathology
We are professionally trained to diagnose and treat people with a variety of communication difficulties which may have arisen from problems with understanding and using language, speech, reading, writing, voice or hearing. Read more..
New South Wales | Australia
Nerida R Maclean
Communication begins at birth and is developed through social interactions with a child’s primary caregivers. The Relationship Development Intervention Program empowers parents to effectively guide their child towards real world competence. It provides a comprehensive, structured, family centred approach to support the development of a child’s dynamic communication and thinking skills. Read more..
Queensland |
Our background includes diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. We also have a background in holistic health and nutrition. Our practice strives to view the entire child, and not just specific goals and objectives. Read more..
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