Our Speech pathologists are qualified to assess and treat communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. This includes speech, verbal and nonverbal language, written language, voice, fluency, dysphagia, oral function and mealtime management.

At Hills District Speech Therapy, our Speech Pathologists demonstrate exceptional competency in paediatric speech pathology practice for both developmental and acquired disorders in the following areas. Click on the hyperlinks to learn more about each area and the approaches we use at HDST.

LANGUAGE

We work in assessing, managing and treating delays/disorders in areas including:

  • Pre-intentional/pre-verbal language
  • Expressive Language (use of language)
  • Receptive Language (understanding of language)
  • Emergent Literacy (including phonological awareness and print awareness)
  • Literacy
  • Oral Narrative Construction
  • Written Communication
  • Social Communication
  • Cognition (including attention, memory and executive functioning)

SPEECH

We work in assessing, managing and treating delays/disorders in areas including:

  • Articulation disorders
  • Phonological delays and disorders
  • Motor speech disorders (including childhood apraxia of speech)
  • Speech sound disorders with a structural basis

FLUENCY

We assess, manage and treat stuttering in pre-school, primary school and high school aged children.

VOICE

We work in assessing, managing and treating voice disorders in children of all ages.

MULTIMODAL COMMUNICATION

We work in assessing, prescribing and training children with disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their carers to use multimodal communication in a range of settings. This includes using:

  • Key Word Sign
  • Low Tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication options (e.g. communication books and picture exchange systems)
  • High Tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication options (e.g. devices and applications such as LAMP Words For Life)
  • Visual supports