Melvin Speech Pathology specialises in assessing and treating pre-school and school aged children with a range of developmental delays and specific communication difficulties including:
- Delayed speech and language
- Unclear speech
- Stuttering (dysfluency)
- Social/Pragmatic skills
- Literacy learning and early reading difficulties
- Hearing loss
- Cleft palate
- Autism Spectrum Condition/Asperger's Syndrome
- Down’s Syndrome
- Integration funding assessment
As a family centred practice, we focus on assisting parents to help their children. Comprehensive assessments and individual therapy plans are provided for all children, along with ongoing evaluation of progress.
In addition to individual assessment and therapy services, the clinic also offers a broad range of additional programs, including:
Hanen - parent training courses
Each year, the clinic offers the following Hanen parent training programs;
It Takes Two to Talk - This program is designed for parents of children with language learning difficulties.
More Than Words - Caters for parents of young children with Autism Spectrum Condition.
TalkAbility - This course is for parents of older children with Autism Spectrum Condition.
Social skills groups
To compliment our speech pathology services the practice also offers the following group programs Talkabout and Interaction Skills®. Both programs are designed to improve social skills and build peer relationships and confidence. The programs run for eight weeks during school term. For pre-school aged children, the groups start at 9.30am. For school aged children, the groups start at 4.00pm.
School holiday programs
During the school holidays, the clinic offers a program designed to develop and enrich early language skills through topic based activities. The program helps develop attention and listening skills, turn taking, understanding "wh" questions, etc. The program is run over two consecutive weeks during the holiday period at the end of term 1, term 2 and term 3.
School readiness programs
This program is designed to assist pre-school students with their transition into prep. The program is run over two consecutive weeks during the summer school holidays. The program assists with pre-literacy, literacy, comprehension, listening and attention skills. Parents are also provided with motivational practice sheets to help consolidate skills.
Pre-school stuttering program
The Clinic offers the gold standard in therapy programs for preschool children who stutter: the Lidcombe Program. This evidence-based, internationally recognised program uses a parent administered behavioural therapy approach. It is delivered in a fun and play based environment, with direct training and input from a Lidcombe trained Speech Pathologist.
We run this program each term at the Clinic. Children and parents participate in a group setting each week. The program is designed for children 3 – 6 years of age with a stutter requiring treatment, as diagnosed by a speech pathologist.
Kindergarten screening programs
The practice provides screening programs for pre-school aged children. The screening is conducted at the kindergarten and assesses a range of issues including language comprehension, language expression, articulation and fluency. The asessment is fun and enjoyable for the child and a brief report, including recommendations, is provide for parents.
We offer this service each year and kindergartens interested in participating are invited to contact the clinic directly for information or to make a booking.
Contracts in schools
The clinic also provides speech pathology services directly into schools. Our clinician will visit the school each week during term to provide assessment and therapy services. This service is by negotiation directly with the school and a minimum case load is required. Schools interested in this services are invited to contact the Practice Manager.
If you would like additional information about the clinical services we offer, please call the clinic on 9889 9010 or email us here. All enquiries are handled by one of our team members to ensure you obtain the information you need to answer your questions concerning speech pathology.