Let's Communicate offers a variety of speech and language development services in the Newcastle area that can be tailored to suit your individual needs and busy lifestyle.
We thrive on working as a trans-disciplinary team, involving parents, teachers and other professionals at different stages of the decision making process.
We aim to create a learning environment that is fun and enjoyable with out client. A summary of the services we offer and descriptions of our services are listed below. For more information please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Assessments are an excellent way to determine your child’s language and communication skills and measure them against the age appropriate norms. Detailed analysis of the assessment results are discussed with the parents and will give a great insight into the child’s development along with determining the level of intervention that may be needed.
Therapy can be held either at our clinic in Charlestown in a comfortable friendly enviroment with off street parking. Or school-based therapy sessions which enable our client's an environment were they feel comfortable and were generalisation of new skills can best occur. Therapy is individually tailored and focuses on setting specific goals and strategies for your child. All sessions are based on strong rationales and theoretical knowledge and at 30, 45 or 60 minute session may typically include:
- A discussion regarding the client's goals and progress.
- One-on-one therapy session with your child that is conducted in a fun, interactive and practical manner that will motivate your child to learn.
- Detailed feedback regarding your child’s session, strategies and home-based activities to implement into your child’s daily lifestyle.
CATEGORIES OF SUPPORT
When a child doesn't develop language according to developmental norms, they have delayed language. Language involves difficulty processing linguistic information. Problems that may be experienced can involve grammar, syntax (sentence structure), vocabulary, and/or difficulty with understanding i.e. responding to questions, and following directions.
- Putting words together to make a sentence
- The child isn't asking questions
- Difficulty understanding simple instructions
- Short attention and focus
Strong language and speech skills are vital for developing learning and literacy skills.
Literacy skills are the written forms of language - reading, writing and spelling - and develop from a foundation of oral language skills. Literacy skills are made up of phonological (sound) awareness, print knowledge, reading (including comprehension), writing and spelling.
Children and young adults that have difficulties 'cracking the code' required to learn all these skills necessary to spell and read successfully.
Social Skills for children and adults
Social skills are the skills we use everyday to interact and communicate with others, no matter what your age.
They include verbal and non-verbal communication, gesture, facial expression and body language. A person with strong social skills have the knowledge of how to behave in social situation and understand both written and implied rules with communicating with others.
People that struggled with their social skills may have difficulties; making friends, initiating or maintaining a conversation, misinterpret what is being said to them.
Support For All Ages
Adolescence & Adults
Let’s Communicate provides services for clients of all ages including teenagers and adults.
Adults may experience speech and language difficulties for a variety of reasons. This may include a person's ability to speak clearly, understand others or express their wants and needs.
At Let’s Communicate we support adults in the workplace environment. Therapy targets, intelligibility of speech sounds, increasing length and complexity of utterances (spoken word), understanding and using questions and problem solving and reasoning.
These goals are designed within the goals of their social needs and the needs of the workplace and are ultimately designed to foster independent communication.
Samantha can support adult clients with:
- Communication difficulties
- Developing appropriate language skills in the community environment
- Post stroke rehabilitation
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Key Word Signing for communication
- Visuals and technology to assist with communication skills
Supporting young adults to transition to the workplace from school:
- Assistance for Job seekers with speech clarity, spoken language and literacy skills
- Helping develop social communication skills for young adults transitioning from school to day programs and supported employment
Speech Pathology services for young adults with a disability.
Let’s Communicate is an NDIS registered provider and can provide services under the following support items:
- Specialised assessment of skills, abilities and needs
- Therapeutic supports