We work with:
Delayed speech and language development
Recent research findings suggest that one in five children in Victoria start school with a speech and language delay. Early intervention is critical as the child's potential to learn speech and language is maximal in the first five years of life. Our therapists are skilled at fostering learning and nurturing children's motivation to learn through fun and play.
You should seek help if:
Clarity of Speech
Clarity of speech normally improves throughout the first few years of life, and by the age of 4, the child should be understood by someone all the time, although the child may still substitute some sounds (e.g. 'I hurt my fum' instead of 'I hurt my thumb').
A 3 year old should be understood by an unfamiliar person at least 75% of the time. A 2 year old should be understood at least 50% of the time.
By the age of four, a child can understand longer and more complex instructions and directions and readily express their ideas and thoughts, and demands in a two-way conversation. Between the ages of 3 and 4 the child quickly increases their vocabulary to about 1500 words and uses many grammatical structures such as ('is', 'are', 'have'), pronouns (he, she, her, his), verb tense markers and word endings ('ing', 'ed', 'ly'), plurals ('cars'), and adjectives ('empty'). By the age of 5, the child's grammatical competence generally is complete. The child uses more complex and mature vocabulary and language structure and demonstrates more complex conversations and storytelling. A good first language (speaking and understanding) forms a firm foundation for the child to develop their written language skills at school (reading, spelling, and writing).