Our speech pathologists (also known as speech therapists) promote communication skills for everyday activities and routines in children. We help support the communication of wants and needs and to interact with others in daily life.
Our speech pathologists will support your child to:
- Express and understand written and spoken language and improve general communication and articulation (speaking clearly).
- Support the development of pre-language skills in children (such as turn-taking, development of speech sounds).
- Support reading and literacy.
- Working closely with our dietitians, develop mealtime and feeding skills, including providing modified diets to enable safe eating and drinking.
- Liaise with hospital-based speech pathologists on speech and swallowing disorders.
- Work with a family member and/or caregivers to help the person to communicate as best they can.
- Identify any communication aids that may be useful.
Children with vision impairment often require support with learning concepts and language, as much of communication is aided by vision (for example, pointing at an aeroplane or bird in the sky).
Our speech pathologists are skilled in ensuring communication systems such as boards or devices and aids meet the individual’s accessibility needs. This may be through increased colour contrast, enlarged images, or reduced visual complexity.
We provide information and resources to support the needs of the client, whether that be yourself, a loved one, or child.
Our It Takes Two To Talk parent workshop runs periodically through the year. This program aims to teach you, step-by-step, how to become your child’s most important communication teacher.
VisAbility’s speech pathologists are highly trained and are accredited members of Speech Pathology Australia (link opens in new window).
Find out more about speech pathology in schools, or get in touch with us today.
How to get support
If you have a diagnosis of vision impairment, please contact our friendly team using the form below to find out what low vision services and support we can provide to you both now and into the future.
There are also a number of low vision support groups within Perth and across the state, which can connect you with like-minded people to build friendships and offer support.
If you are a provider and wish to refer a client, please use our low vision medical certificate (online referral form) to make your referral.