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Speech Pathologist Smithfield

At Braithwaite Speech & Learning Clinic, we provide speech pathology near Smithfield. A professional speech pathologist assists with the development and correction of speech and language issues in both children and adults. Our services include help for children with speech and language delays, and for those who are struggling with their learning. With one in seven children experiencing some kind of learning problem, the right support is essential to help them in their education and to support their future. When you choose Braithwaite Speech & Learning Clinic, you benefit from decades of experience. Our speech therapy in Smithfield is designed to meet the needs of our clients in a variety of areas.

About Smithfield

The Sydney suburb of Smithfield is great for culture, with both an art gallery and a museum. It's a diverse area, with almost 65% of people speaking a language other than English at home, according to the 2016 census. This is an area with lots of families, where almost 20% of the population is children aged 0-14. While there are no high schools in Smithfield, there are primary schools for younger children. With an area that's so diverse and has so many families, it's essential to have the resources available when you need speech therapy in Sydney. Braithwaite Speech & Learning Clinic provides valuable services for those who need them.

The Importance of Speech and Language Development

Our speech and language begins to develop before we are even born. As babies, we are taking in the speech patterns of those around us and continuing to develop our language skills long before we say our first proper words. It's not uncommon for there to be a delay in a child's speech and language development, or for them to have some difficulties. It's important to remember that every child is different, but if you do have concerns, an assessment from a child speech pathologist in Smithfield can help. An assessment can determine if there is an issue that needs to be addressed. The early years of speech and language development are crucial, so early intervention is important.

How Speech Therapy Can Help

Speech therapy from a professional speech therapist can help when facing a variety of issues related to language and learning. Our expert speech pathologists address your child's issues as quickly as possible, helping to provide intervention sooner and before problems can develop further. Language and learning problems can only get worse and become harder to address as a child gets older. However, a combination of programmes utilising a range of therapeutic techniques can help to improve the issues that a child is having. It can help them not just to improve their language and communication but also their self-esteem and confidence.

Why Choose Braithwaite Speech & Learning Clinic?

As specialists in speech therapy for children, we offer a range of services that address speech and learning problems experienced by children of all ages. Our early intervention and school readiness services help to prepare children for school and ensure they have the skills needed to express themselves and understand others. At Braithwaite Speech & Learning Clinic, we have been helping children for decades, giving them the ability and the confidence to express themselves clearly. We can assess and address a variety of speech and learning disorders and problems to help children and families. We're so confident in our ability to help that we offer a 100% refund policy to back our promises.

Our Team

When you need a speech pathologist in Smithfield, our team of talented pathologists is here for you. We have a team of five experienced speech pathologists, who have worked with both children and adults. All of our speech pathologists take a caring outlook to their jobs, working closely with the whole family to deliver results. They work with passion and compassion, tailoring their approach to the individual client. Our speech therapists use a range of methods to provide help for issues including stuttering, trouble reading and difficulties with understanding and expression.

The Process

When you make an appointment with Braithwaite Speech & Learning Clinic, our process begins with an assessment to assess the client's needs. Even if you are unsure about whether your child might need speech therapy, an assessment can determine if therapy might be beneficial for them. Our assessments are carried out by qualified speech pathologists, and includes gathering background information and carrying out some relaxed testing. We assess different skills and abilities based on the child's age. After an assessment, we can make personalised recommendations for your child, based on the concerns that you have and the tests that we performed during the assessment.

We design a personalised programme for each child, based on their assessment and their individual needs. Our programmes include a range of practices, such as strengthening speech and language skills, reading and spelling programmes, visualising and verbalising skills, and the Lidcombe programme, which helps with stuttering and fluency. Your child speech pathologist will also monitor your child over the course of their therapy and measure their improvement. We recommend six months of weekly sessions, which offers an effective period that is long enough to produce solid results. After this period, we can discuss whether your child could benefit from further therapy.

Our Areas of Expertise

Our services are focused on helping children with speech and learning disorders of all kinds. Our early intervention options are designed to identify and treat any problems that might exist before children start school so that they have the necessary skills to make friends, learn to read and write and interact with the world around them in a school environment. At our Sydney speech clinic, we can produce long-lasting results and give your children the tools that they need to succeed.

Our services include help with:

  • Early intervention and school readiness
  • Speech clarity
  • Language - understanding and expression
  • Stuttering
  • Trouble reading
  • Spelling difficulties

Speech Pathology for All Ages

Our speech pathologists also have experience working with other age groups, and can provide speech therapy for adults if needed too. Adults might also want to address speech and language issues, perhaps due to an issue they have had since they were a child or perhaps after an illness or accident such as a stroke or a traumatic brain injury. Speech therapy can also include help with problems such as dysphagia, which is difficulty swallowing. You can take a look at our materials on swallowing difficulties on the website if you want to receive an educational pack covering important points surrounding the topic.

Attending Sessions with Your Child

Many parents ask about whether they can or should attend their child's speech therapy sessions. We allow parents to do this if they want to, but we recommend considering letting your child have their sessions without you. Many children can change their behaviour if a parent or other adult is in the room with them. They can benefit more from having the time to themselves, without any distractions. If you are unsure, you can speak to us about what is best, and we can help you to decide what you want to do.

Funding for Speech Therapy

If you are thinking about how to fun speech therapy, Braithwaite Speech & Learning Clinic offers assessment and therapy for clients who receive NDIS funding. We can help those who receive funding under NDIS Managed, Self Managed and Plan Managed access. When you're looking for NDIS speech therapy, we can help you to make sure that you get the help that you need. Some children who have multiple problems may be able to claim for up to five visits through the Enhanced Primary Care or Medicare Plus Programme. The cost of therapy might also be covered by your private health fund, and you can claim costs through your taxes.

Making an Appointment

When you are ready to make an appointment with us, you can get in touch online or you can call us. Visit our Online Appointment to fill in your details and send the form if you want a quick way to request an appointment. However, we find that if you are making your first appointment or booking an assessment, it is often better to give us a call so that you can discuss your needs. We can help you to find the most suitable date and time for your appointment and make sure that we book you in for the right service.

Where to Find Us - Get in Touch

You can find out speech pathology clinic on Lapish Avenue in Ashfield. Simply turn left off Liverpool Road when heading west, and find our building next to Family Planning. Take a look at our contact page to find out more about how to find us if you're driving. If you want to get in touch with us, there are several ways to do so. You can send us an online appointment request or call us on 02 9797 1880. You can also send us an email directly by emailing braithwaiteclinic@gmail.com, and we are available on Facebook.