Smart Speech Pathology

Smart Speech Pathology is a private Speech Pathology practice, specialising in assessment and therapy for infants, toddlers, preschool and school age children who have difficulties with:

Language
Late talkers - language stimulation
Language delays & disorders - expressive & comprehension
School age language difficulties
Pragmatic language & social skills

Speech
Articulation - speech sounds & speech difficulties

Literacy
Phonological and phonemic awareness
Literacy – reading, writing & spelling

Feeding & Oral motor
Feeding difficulties
Fussy eaters & restricted diets
Difficulty coordinating movements of the mouth required for feeding
Dribbling
Tongue thrust

Assessment and therapy services are available from clinic in Bibra Lake. Home, school or child care visits can also be arranged if required.

Assessment
During your initial assessment, a range of assessment tools will be used depending on your child's individual needs. This may include observation of your child during play, and a combination of formal (norm referenced standardised tests) and informal tools. At the conclusion of the session, you will be provided with a summary of the assessment findings, and recommendations will be provided for your child.

Therapy
Therapy may be recommended to help your child achieve their speech and language goals. Therapy will be conducted in fun, play context. Home practice is crucial to your child's therapy program, and practical and achievable ideas will be provided during each therapy session.

School Screenings
Screenings can be arranged for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Pre-Primary students. The screening will include a summary of a child’s understanding of concepts and instructions (comprehension), grammar (syntax), words or vocabulary (semantics), story skills (narrative), speech sound production (articulation) and manipulation of sounds and words (phonological awareness). The purpose of screening programs is to identify difficulties as early as possible. Please call 9418 8000 if you would like an information package for school screenings.

Learning should be fun! We will always endeavour to ensure your child finds each session enjoyable and motivating. Each child has different needs, and our aim will always be to obtain the best results for your child and your family. Please talk to us directly to identify what you and your child are having trouble with and we will work together with you to find the right treatment plan to suit your needs.

Meet the team: Sharon is the owner and principal Speech Pathologist and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) and member of Speech Pathology Australia. Sharon is also an ongoing participant in the Professional Self-Regulation program (PSR) of SPA, which ensures that she is continuously updating her knowledge by attending various conferences, seminars, and keeping up to date with current evidence-based practice. Sharon completed her undergraduate degree and doctorate (PhD) from Curtin University. She has worked at Princess Margaret Hospital, Curtin University, and in the private sector, disability and educational settings in both Perth and London. Sharon thoroughly enjoys working with children and is passionate in helping them achieve their full communication and learning potential.

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