Kids In Motion Speech Therapy is a private speech pathology clinic servicing the Macarthur area. Despite what the name suggests, we have a mixed caseload of adults and children.
We understand the value of communication skills. Difficulties communicating can affect academic ability, social interactions, current or future participation in the workplace and mental health. The ability to understand information and express your feelings and ideas is a basic human right. Let's work together to find your voice.
1) What is a Speech Pathologist?
We get asked this a lot, so in less 15 words:A speech pathologist assesses, diagnoses and treats communication and swallowing disorders from infancy to old age.
(Communication includes understanding and using language, producing the correct speech sounds, pragmatics (social and non-verbal communication), stuttering and voice disorders)
2) Why is Speech Pathology important?
Being able to communicate our needs, wants and ideas is a basic human right. Being able to understand and process information is a basic human right. It is how we relate to the world and to other people, and it is so easy to take this skill for granted.
Some people are born with communication disorders, or born with another diagnosis that makes communication hard. Some people experience a brain injury or stroke, or develop dementia or other diagnoses that make communicating a challenge. Communication disorders can limit our ability to work and socialise, challenge our identity and even result in anxiety and depression. That's where we step in - to help bring that basic human right back and prevent these feelings of isolation.
Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) are also crucial to rehabilitate. Difficulties swallowing can lead to many other health complications, and in some cases can be life-threatening. In the mildest cases, they can affect our social interactions and our sense of self, considering so much enjoyment can be gleaned from eating, or grabbing a coffee with friends.
3) What's the difference between a speech pathologist and a speech therapist?
The correct term for our role is 'speech pathologist'. This means we are able to diagnose communication and swallowing disorders.
'Speech therapist' implies we can only treat, however it's the more commonly used term, so we use terms interchangeably in our website. We're not offended by any term you use - speech pathologist is a bit of a mouthful! We often get called 'speech paths' or 'speechies'. Call us whatever you're most comfortable with.
4) How often will my child need to attend therapy?
The frequency of therapy also varies from child to child. Following an assessment by our Speech Pathologist, you will be provided with specific recommendations regarding the frequency and length of therapy. This will depend on your child as well as your goals for therapy. In general, you will attend one session per week as a minimum and be required to undertake homework to get the most out of your sessions