Speech Pathologists

Speech pathologists are trained to assess and provide treatment for all aspects of communication including:

  • speech (the sounds we say)

  • language (the words, sentences we use)

  • writing

  • reading

  • conversation and social skills

  • signs, symbols and gestures.

Speech pathologists also work with people who have difficulties with feeding – food and drink.

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Speech Pathology Australia has identified that one in seven people in Australia has a problem understanding other people or being understood by people.

Communication difficulties can arise from problems with speech, using and understanding language, voice, fluency (stuttering), hearing, or reading and writing.

  • At Kid Matters, children will be assessed for difficulties with these areas based on the presenting concerns expressed by parents and the school or kindy.


Communication skills underlie building relationships with others in the home, school and work environment.

  •  At Kids Matters, children with communication difficulties are supported to achieve their best with making friends, keeping friends, working with others, with academic skills, problem solving to support them to achieve to their potential.

How will you know if you child needs to see a speech pathologist?

Some reasons you may seek speech pathology support include:

  1. My child is difficult to understand

  2. My child is struggling academically

  3. My child is finding friendships hard to make and/or keep

  4. My child is gagging on foods or can’t chew some foods

  5. My child can’t follow directions

  6. My child is having behavioral difficulties at home or school

  7. My child is stuttering

  8. My child can’t understand what they read

Assessment by a speech pathologist may include:

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  1. Gathering case history (usually a checklist to be completed by parents/caregivers)

  2. Observations of your child (eg playing with siblings or parents, playing with therapist or at school on request)

  3. Formal assessment using tools that provide standardized measures of communication skills compared to same aged peers

  4. Informal assessment of skills to determine how your child best learns

  5. Discussion with Kids Matters Occupational Therapist and/or Psychologist

  6. Liaison with your doctor, school or other people that work with your child


Treatment for speech pathology can include:

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  1. Individual therapy with your child

  2. Group therapy with peers with similar difficulties

  3. Parent training to support the child to use new skills at home and school

  4. Education for parents, caregivers, schools and other people who work with your child can be negotiated

If you are concerned about your child’s communication at any age give Kids Matters a call on 1300 136 596  to talk about how we can help.