Speech Pathology Services

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Speech Pathology Services

Speech Pathology Services

You don’t need a referral to access speech pathology services.

At Andrea Cooper Speech Pathology we offer a comprehensive range of professional speech therapy services including:

  • Initial consultations
  • Up to date and research-based assessments for; Speech, Language, Literacy (Reading and Spelling), Play skills, Social Skills and alternative modes of communication (AAC)
  • Individual one to one therapy at your home or child’s school/preschool (dependent on permission and facilities of the school)
  • Preschool and School Screenings
  • School readiness screenings
  • School based programs
  • Teacher and Educator training programs and workshops
  • Parent training and workshops

We do not charge for travel if you are located within 50 kms of Newcastle.

Our school and home visits offer speech pathology services in an environment in which our clients feel most comfortable and where generalisation of new skills can best occur.

We understand the busy lives of our families, so we created a service that comes to you, at a time most convenient.

We're All Ages & Abilities!

We provide speech pathology services to all ages and abilities.

Toddlers

Schoolies

Teenagers

Adults

Disability

Speech Pathology Services - Toddlers

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We are Hanen-certified and provide the most up to date, research-based intervention and parent programs.

We can help young children who have difficulty:

  • Saying new words
  • Using 2 and 3 word phrases
  • Demonstrating joint attention
  • Playing and sharing with others
  • Requesting and responding in conversation
  • Following instructions
  • Following routines

We have experience working in the early childhood setting.

We have worked closely with families and educators to provide them with strategies to support the language development of their young children.

Speech Pathology Services - Preschool & School Age

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We have a broad range of experience working in the preschool and primary school settings.

We can help children who have difficulty:

  • Saying sounds expected for their age
  • Saying words and sentences fluently (stuttering)
  • Following instructions
  • Using appropriate grammar
  • Knowing the sounds letters make
  • Spelling and reading
  • Using sentences
  • Socialising with peers and making friends
  • Sequencing stories
  • Comprehending texts and verbally presented information
  • Telling narratives

We often work in the school setting, providing speech pathology services. We use up to date assessments to pin point the exact area the student is having difficulty with. Goals and strategies are shared with the child’s teacher, so they can also be targeted in the classroom. This leads to better generalisation of skills, and we find skills are mastered within a shorter timeframe.

Speech Pathology Services - Teenagers

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Speech Pathologists work with teenagers too!

As children move from primary school to high school you will notice a change in the academic demands and learning structure.   Teenagers need to become more independent in their learning and organisational skills.  The academic requirements change in high school; students are exposed to and should use a broader range of vocabulary, they are also expected to have a higher level of comprehension and reasoning skills.  High school students need to have the skills to ask questions and know how/ where to find the answers.  They are expected to be able to summarise this information so that they can adapt it in their essay writing.

A student with mild language difficulties may struggle with the change to the high school setting.  Speech pathology can help a teenager’s ability to understand the content of each subject, as well as help them express their understanding both in their conversation and in their written work.

We can help students who have:

  • Reading difficulties
  • Comprehension difficulties
  • Spelling and punctuation difficulties
  • Difficulty understanding and using vocabulary specific to subject areas
  • Essay writing difficulties
  • Poor memory
  • Difficulty starting assignments, writing stories etc
  • Poor exam results
  • Poor time management

We conduct language assessments aimed to identify the specific receptive and/or expressive language areas that the student is having difficulty with.  We then create a therapy plan with the students’ individualised goals and provide strategies so that they can improve their language and literacy skills across many subject areas. 

We work at a level suitable for our teenagers!  We find that by working at a level that is ‘just right’ for them  and providing specific/evidence based techniques, not only do academic results improve but also the students’ motivation and confidence in their learning.

Speech Pathology Services - Adults

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We work with adults too! As people age their speech, language, memory, voice and swallowing changes naturally. It is also more likely that older people will acquire a communication or swallowing disorder, as they are at higher risk of stroke or developing a condition such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Speech Pathologists can assess and help with the management of communication and swallowing disorders. We work with older Australians to help promote independence, participation and quality of life.

At Andrea Cooper Speech Pathology we can help adults who have difficulties with:

  • Voice – vocal disorders or poor voice quality (hoarse, breathy, strained voice)
  • Language – difficulty with the production of spoken language, difficulties with comprehension, word finding difficulties, trouble following routines and completing daily tasks, difficulty with written language resulting from neurological impairment or brain injury.
  • Fluency- stuttering and fluency of speech where sounds, syllables or words may be repeated or “stuck”
  • Literacy– difficulties with reading, writing and phonological awareness skills.
  • Dyspraxia- difficulty with planning and co-coordinating mouth movements for clear/intelligible speech.
  • Dysarthria- unclear speech due to problems in muscle strength or co-ordination. Speech may sound slurred or mumbled.

Speech Pathology Services - Disability

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We are experienced in providing services to people with disabilities.

When working with people who have a disability we believe in using a person-centered approach that incorporates the most up to date research.

We incorporate our client’s goals into our assessment and therapy plan. Ensuring that we focus on the client’s individual needs and strengths to help improve their communication in all aspects of their daily lives. By working together with the client, their family, carers and other services we provide a functional approach to speech therapy and ensure that goals are reasonable and met as quickly as possible.

We are a registered provider with the NDIS

SPA

We are bound by Speech Pathology Australia’s Code of Ethics

NDIS

We are registered providers with the National Disability Insurance Scheme

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