Melvin Speech Pathology

Melvin Speech Pathology is a paediatric speech pathology practice located in Camberwell. We specialise in assessing and treating preschool and school aged children with developmental delays, specific speech/language learning difficulties and children on the Autism Spectrum.

We are a well-resourced and family friendly clinic. We pride ourselves on our caring, competent and professional team and the range of services we can offer children and their parents.

Our clinicians are all highly trained and regularly attend professional development programs to extend and upgrade their clinical skills. All our therapists are passionate about helping children communicate.

If you would like to discuss the concerns you have about your child, please call the clinic on 9889 9010. One of our clinicians can then discuss your concerns and give advice if intervention is warranted

In addition to providing speech therapy for children the clinic also offers convenient access to child psychology and occupational therapy. This provides families with the opportunity to access a range of services at one convenient location. It also provides our clinicians with the ability to liaise and provide a holistic approach that caters for the individual needs of clients.

What is Speech Pathology

Speech Pathologists are allied health professionals who complete a degree at university, where they are trained to assess, diagnose and treat people who have communication difficulties. Problems with communication may relate to the production of speech sounds, the understanding of spoken language, the use of words and sentences at the appropriate age, stuttering, voice problems, social or pragmatic skills and reading difficulties.

Speech pathologists were formerly known as speech therapists. They are different from speech and drama teachers.

Who can refer

  • Parents/carers
  • General Practitioners
  • Maternal and Child Health nurses
  • Kindergarten and school teachers
  • Other professionals and community health organizations

When to refer

A referral for speech therapy should be made when:

  • Family members are concerned about their child’s speech or language
  • The child is frustrated trying to communicate
  • The child is having difficulty understanding what is said to him/her, or following instructions
  • The child is not using single words by 18 months of age
  • The child is not using 2 word sentences at 2½ years of age
  • The child’s speech is difficult to understand at 3 years of age
  • The child’s speech is nasal or husky
  • The child’s speech is hesitant or dysfluent
  • The child is experiencing difficulty learning to read

If you have concerns about your child’s speech development please call the clinic on 9889 9010. Our clinicians are available to discuss your concerns and advise if a referral for Speech Pathology is appropriate.

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