What is a day in the life of a Speech Pathologist like?
Each day we help children and young people at the clinic, home and school. We may see them face to face or via telehealth (online sessions). We spend time preparing materials and resources for our clients. We also complete progress notes and other paperwork. Other tasks we may complete include writing reports, participating in meetings for your child and engaging in professional development opportunities. Every day is different, but the best part is always spending time with clients and families.
How involved are parents in the sessions?
It is important to have parents in the sessions where possible so you can learn what strategies work for your child and how you can support them at home. Our Speech Pathologists in Newcastle use a client centred approach that involves parent training depending on the goals of your child. If you cannot attend the session we will provide you with some information about the session.
How do I know when my child should see a Speech Pathologist?
If you, your child or their teacher is concerned about their communication it may be beneficial to meet with a Speech Pathologist. Sometimes children can become frustrated if they cannot communicate so it is important to address any concerns early on.
Children all develop differently and at a different rate. Speech Pathologists can help determine if your concerns about your child are something that would benefit from further assessment or support or whether they are to be expected for their age. Some examples where seeing a Speech Pathologist would be of benefit include:
- If your child is becoming frustrated when trying to communicate.
- If your child needs help to learn new words or put words together.
- If your child has difficulty pronouncing certain sounds and if you or others find it difficult to understand them.
- If you need to support your child to follow instructions, routines and understand everyday objects and concepts.
- If your child has difficulty communicating their needs and wants clearly.
- If your child needs support to play with friends, talking to friends and expressing their emotions.
- If your child is repeating sounds or words when talking or gets “stuck” on their words.
- If your child needs help with reading, writing or spelling.
- If your child’s voice sounds hoarse or croaky.
If you have any worries about your child’s communication it is best not to ‘wait and see’ and check in with a Speech Pathologist. There is also some useful communication milestones fact sheets at Speech Pathology Australia.
Where can I get help?
Often a good place to start is to talk to your child’s GP or Paediatrician about any concerns you have. If your child would benefit from the support of a Speech Pathologist, please get in touch with us.
For more resources, including communication milestones and factsheets please see Speech Pathology Australia’s website.