Parenting is one of life’s most significant challenges, but it is also the most rewarding. Starting from the day your bundle of joy travels home with you from the hospital you are already planning a wonderous life filled with happiness. It’s fun to journey with them as they learn and explore our world. And you will always remember the first “Mama” and “Daddy” they utter.
Speech vs. Language
Over the years, we have learned there is sometimes confusion related to defining speech and language. Speech is all about sounds and how to make the sounds. This skill begins developing the moment we enter this world. Language is how we understand and use words. This is what our speech development builds on. The difference is important because a specific therapy will be based on the individual child’s need and whether it’s speech, language or both.
Both speech and language together make up communication. As the parent, you know your child better than anyone else, so if you notice behaviours that concern you , we encourage you to have it checked out by a speech pathologist. Development and learning are complex processes with many subtle nuances. A child who suddenly starts to struggle but has been doing well in the past is not necessarily different than a child who has been continually struggling.
Children’s Speech Therapy near Sydney
When children are young, it can be difficult to know if your child needs to visit a speech pathologist. You might feel nervous that you are placing a stigma on them or be anxious it reflects poorly on your parenting. Please allow us to alleviate your fears. Signs and Sounds have been working with children since 2012, and we understand your concerns. We can help address your worries and your child’s communication habits without judgment.
We work with children as young as 15 months and provide speech therapy for 2, 3 and 4-year old children. A comprehensive assessment is performed before any treatment to determine what, if any, therapy may benefit the child. We feel it is essential to understand where the child is first, then decide the specific course, if any. Even for children who are non-verbal, it is important to discover alternate channels for communication.
As the parent, you are taught how best to help your child at home. We carefully detail the strategies we are working with your child to accomplish and give you a toolkit to utilise throughout your child’s language development. Parents will attend therapy sessions with their child, to better understand our teaching and be more effective at home. We encourage parents to be fully involved in setting milestones and helping achieve them.
If you are looking for a speech pathologist for your child or would like an assessment for your 2, 3 or 4-year old, please call us on (02) 9558 4031. We look forward to discussing how to create your child’s personalised communication strategy. Our location neighbours Sydney, but we also provide services in day care centres, school, and homes.