The therapy process
I offer an initial assessment of your child’s abilities, using both standardised and non-standardised assessment tools. I then provide feedback, either verbally or in the form of a written report.
Based on the information gained and with the parent’s valuable input, I create a detailed therapy plan for your child. This ensures that the most important areas of concern are being addressed.
I feel that communication with any other relevant specialists or teachers involved in your child’s day-to-day routine is vitally important.
Sessions are generally 30 minutes long and take place predominantly at my home office base, which offers a warm, relaxed atmosphere, allowing your child to feel immediately at ease. My enjoyment of working with children and their families spills over into the therapy process, allowing for lots of fun and learning through toys and games.
You are encouraged to attend therapy with your child (unless this is counterproductive) and observe the activities in action. In this way, you are able to gain the knowledge and skills needed to carry out activities suggested in the home programme.
Speech & language therapy can help your child with:
Developmental delays resulting in speech and language development where your child does not appear to be reaching their developmental milestones at the same age as other children or within the ‘normal range’.
Delays in speech or pronunciation. Your child may appear to have speech that is immature for their age or speech may be unclear and difficult to understand.
Auditory processing difficulties. Your child may have difficulty processing, remembering and therefore responding appropriately to what they hear. Difficulty may be experienced in remembering and following verbal instructions as well as in hearing sounds in words.
Learning difficulties. Your child may experience difficulty with reading, spelling and comprehension at school. Frequently, the underlying foundation skills are not firmly established, resulting in lack of progress in reading and difficulties in decoding sounds for spelling.
Expressive difficulties. Your child may find it difficult to express themselves adequately, producing vague, incoherent language and resulting in frustration for the child and the listener.
Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Therapy (Honours)
After qualifying as a Speech & Language Therapist in the early 1990’s, I worked in South Africa in both schools and private practice, conducting both individual and group therapy. Since moving to New Zealand in 2000, I have been involved in private therapy, working independently as well as within teams of occupational therapists and educational psychologists.
I have worked as a clinical supervisor at the Massey University Speech Language Therapy Clinic for several semesters, supervising speech language therapy students as they carry out their clinical work.
As a therapist with over 20 years’ experience working in pediatrics, I am committed to keeping up to date with the latest research trends within New Zealand and internationally, participating in various webinars and workshops.