Speech pathology is a profession concerned with helping people to communicate optimally. Speech pathologists are professionals who are trained to assess, diagnose and treat people who have a problem with communication. Speech pathology encompasses all areas of communication including reading, writing, speech, language, signs, symbols and gestures.
Paediatric speech pathologists may work directly with the child in therapy, work with the child’s family or teachers/significant others to help enhance their communication skills. Paediatric speech pathologists may work with children who have a communication difficulty relating to:
For further information about the profession of speech pathology, please see the following fact sheet.
Speech pathology may be helpful for children experiencing difficulties in the following areas:
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Children who stutter may:
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Some children have learning difficulties that cause problems for them with various parts of the school curriculum. A speech pathologist can be an important team member in helping to determine the nature of the problem, the child’s strengths and weaknesses, strategies for support and strategies for support.