At Well Said Clinic we offer a range of services to assist with the development of your child. From Assessment & Diagnosis, to individual and group therapy we can provide the right type of therapy for your child. We also have a number of parent education programs to educate you in the strategies that you can use at home.
We can perform assessments for:
- Oral Language – Listening & Speaking
- Pragmatic Language – Social skills
- Articulation – Pronunciation of speech sounds
- Fluency – Stuttering
- Voice – Quality of voice
- Literacy – Phonological Awareness, Reading & Spelling
The assessment will include:
- Discussion of the case history information that you have already provided which will take approximately 10 minutes
- Assessment session – administration of appropriate assessment tools which may take between 30 – 90 minutes. Parents will be invited to observe the assessment
- Analysis of the assessment material will occur prior to the following feedback session
- Feedback session with the parents within one week to fully and clearly explain the results and discuss the recommended next steps which may include the intervention plan, additional assessment required or referral to an appropriate alternative professional. This session will take approximately 30 minutes, but may also be completed during the assessment session
- Provision of a written report outlining the results in readily understood language can be provided on request for an additional fee. This report can be used to provide information to other health professionals, schools and preschools. It may also be used to demonstrate eligibility for additional funding and supports within educational contexts.
- Summary report
- Diagnostic report
- With your permission we will seek to add any additional information from other sources such as teachers, medical professionals, psychologists, occupational therapists, audiologists and the like to ensure that all relevant and appropriate material is added to the eventual diagnosis and outcome.
Following the comprehensive assessment, an intervention program is devised. The interventions provided are typically research and evidence based. It is recognised that each child and family require a program that suits needs and abilities. The intervention program is devised by using best practice strategies:
- Evidence from the assessment
- The expertise of the speech-language pathologist
- The needs, abilities and requirements of the family
- Flexible activities and tasks that ensure ongoing engagement and success
We believe that it is only when the speech-language pathologist and the family work collaboratively together that the best outcomes can be achieved. Intervention typically includes parent/s and child participating in the therapy session followed by practice sessions at home on a regular basis. Sessions are typically 30 – 40 minutes in length although the timing is adjusted as appropriate. Resources and information required for home activities will be provided. Regular practice of skills is essential to ensure progress and success.
Attendance at sessions is important to provide ongoing advice and assistance and typically will be performed on a fortnightly, 3 weekly or monthly basis. As individual circumstances are different, the timing of sessions will organised to suit individual need. During group therapy, parents are not required to sit in, and feedback will be given as a group to parents.
Our training programs are designed to provide parents and teachers with the skills and strategies to assist children with development delays. The Well Said Clinic is accredited to provide the following programs:
- Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk – A program designed for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay.
- Hanen: More Than Words – A program designed for parents of young children (aged 5 and under) with a formal diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other social communication difficulties.
- Hanen: Target Word – This program was specifically designed for groups of parents of children under the age of 30 months who are using few words or who, by the age of 24 months, are not using several two-word combinations.
- Hanen: TalkAbility – Specifically designed for parents of verbal children ages 3-7 with social communication difficulties, the TalkAbility Program teaches parents practical ways to help their child learn people skills.
- Hanen: ABC & Beyond – Hanen’s newest program, ABC and Beyond, is designed to help educators of preschool children (ages 3-5) promote the emergent literacy skills that all children need to develop in order to learn to read and write successfully.
- Hanen: Learning Language & Loving It – designed to provide early childhood educators with practical strategies for helping all children in the classroom build language and social skills, no matter what their learning and communication styles are, and even if they have special needs.