Children with special needs will experience impressive results from Speech Therapy at CommuniKIDS because we take the time to understand their individual condition. Our speech therapists specialise in helping children with special needs. Our deep understanding of a variety of conditions helps us to recognise and interpret the needs of each individual child.
We don’t apply a one size fits all approach. We assess how your child is impacted by their condition, their personality and ways to engage them, and then adapt a program to their needs. Our priority is your child and ensuring they receive the help they need.
Our speech therapists specialise in helping children with the following issues:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterised by difficulties with social interactions, communication, restricted and/or repetitive behaviours and sensory sensitivities. It is referred to as a spectrum disorder as it can manifest differently from child to child. Through early intervention, the child’s quality of life can be significantly improved. Our speech therapy intervention focuses on building positive interactions where language and social goals are targeted and the child’s unique needs are considered.
Children with Down Syndrome can have a mild to moderate intellectual disability, low muscle tone and certain facial features such as a flat facial profile and upward slanting eyes. They may also experience difficulties with their speech and language development as well as their hearing. Children with Down Syndrome will often reach their developmental milestones, just at a slower rate than their peers. Speech therapy is helpful in assisting children with Down Syndrome to reach their speech and language milestones at a faster rate.
Children with William’s Syndrome may encounter articulation difficulties as a result of reduced muscle tone. Difficulties vary from child to child and can change over time. That’s where our customised approach to speech therapy is important. Children with William’s Syndrome generally have a high level of language development and excellent memory. They can have difficulty with tasks that involve analysing space, and can therefore encounter difficulties with math, writing and drawing. Speech therapy can be beneficial in improving a child’s articulation and ability to process information.
Prader-Willi Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects a child’s development and growth. Children often experience difficulties with the development of their speech and language skills. Therefore speech therapy intervention is important in helping children reach their greatest potential.
Angelman Syndrome is a rare neuro-genetic disorder characterised by profound developmental delays, difficulties with motor coordination and balance, speech impairment, seizures and a “happy demeanour”. Speech therapy can assist in improving a child’s language skills by providing alternate means of communication through sign, picture communication systems and electronic devices. Other developmental skills such as play skills can also be developed through speech therapy intervention.
A developmental delay occurs when a child is slower to reach certain milestones compared to their peers. Children with developmental delays are able to learn, but do so at a slower rate. Therefore, speech therapy can be helpful in improving a child’s rate of development, as well as providing different ways for the child learn.
Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
As a result of ADHD, children may have impaired social skills and may be behind in their academic development. Our speech therapists are able to assist in helping these children to overcome their difficulties and reach their full potential.
Our team keep abreast of the latest research and therapy approaches which ensures your child has access to the latest treatments. We utilise a variety of treatments. Our team will select the best approach based on your child’s individual needs. We regularly utilise:
- The Hannen Program
- Connect Therapy
- Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS)
- Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA Therapy)