Since 2001, Adelaide Speech Pathology Services has strived to help children and adults with spoken and written communication difficulties reach their potential.
Our experienced, passionate team of speech-language pathologists provide services in a friendly, relaxed environment. We assess, diagnose and treat a variety of communication issues including literacy, speech and language difficulties. Our clinicians have a particular interest in research-based remediation of reading difficulties in children, adolescents and adults. We also have a special interest in providing accent reduction services. Our training and professional development workshops cover a range of topics for teachers and parents both on-site and in our training room at our clinic in Wayville, Adelaide, South Australia.
Helping children and adults with spoken and written communication difficulties reach their potential since 2001
Reading and spelling skills are crucial for successful functioning in our modern society. Research has linked poor reading ability with a wide range of negative outcomes. Individuals who do not acquire adequate literacy skills are consequently at a significant disadvantage when it comes to reaching their potential academically, socially, emotionally and financially.
The past several decades of research have identified a strong relationship between reading / spelling ability and aspects of speech, language and auditory processing skills.
Speech, or articulation, refers to a person's ability to produce the speech sounds required for communication. For example, the sound "th" as in "think" is produced by placing the front of the tongue against your top lip. Speech is a very complex skill which is easy to take for granted.
Some people have difficullties producing speech sounds correctly. Speech sounds may be distorted (eg. a person may have a "slushy /s/" sound) or substituted for other sounds (eg. a child may substitute "tat" for "cat"). Young children make substitution errors as part of normal speech development, however if it is felt that the child's speech is significantly different or more "babyish" than the speech of other children their age, the child should be assessed by a speech-language pathologist. Speech therapy specifically targeting the problem areas can help to improve the child's articulation skills.
Speech pathologists talk about language in terms of understanding and expression. The ability to engage with language for understanding involves being able to gain meaning from what other people are saying. Using language for expression involves being able to use words to talk about thoughts and ideas, to interact socially with others, and for literacy development.
Language has form, use and structure, so when we're learning to use language there is a lot to learn. It is a very complex process. Despite this, the ability to communicate using language comes naturally to most people. Our brains are wired to learn to talk. For many of us it is effortless. However, some children don't acquire language skills effortlessly.