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Speech and Language Therapy

Our speech therapists provide assessment, intervention and management of speech and language difficulties among preschool children. We work collaboratively with caregivers to implement strategies and home programmes to help their children develop skills essential for communication in their everyday settings.

What do we do?   

Our speech therapists provide preschool children with the assessment, intervention and management of these areas of communication:   

  • Preverbal skills (e.g., eye contact, joint attention, and imitation)  
  • Language (understanding others and using words to communicate)  
  • Speech sounds (pronunciation)   
  • Fluency (the flow of speech, e.g., stuttering)   
  • Social communication (verbal and nonverbal communication in social situations)  
  • Picky eating 
Caregiver Training  

Caregiver training is at the heart of our service. We view caregivers as experts of their children and seek to build a collaborative relationship. We aim to provide caregivers with information and strategies to support their children’s learning and development. During our sessions, we invite the caregiver to join us and their child in structured activities to support their child’s learning of important literacy skills. We also share strategies with caregivers to continue supporting their children to develop these skills at home.

Speech and Language Development   

Children develop preverbal, language, social communication skills and speech sounds to communicate clearly with others. Most children learn to pronounce speech sounds, understand, and use language by watching, listening, copying, and talking to others in daily conversations.   

Every child's development of speech and language skills may differ slightly. However, most children typically follow a timeline for learning these skills (milestones). The speech and language milestones will help to assess if a child is on track or if they might need extra support. 

Early Intervention  

From infancy through to the preschool years, your child's brain is going through an intensive and important stage of acquiring the skills required for communication. These skills develop best when children are exposed to a rich speech and language environment (e.g., hearing others speak to them) and when they have many chances to communicate with others in their daily lives. Early intervention is important for children who do not meet their speech and language milestones.    

When children do not meet their speech and language milestones during this important period of development, they may find it hard to:   

  • Be understood by others  
  • Understand instructions given  
  • Communicate their wants/thoughts to others  
  • Make friends and play together  
  • Master literacy skills (reading, writing)   


If you have concerns about your child's communication skills, please reach out to your DCD Developmental Paediatrician or speak with your family doctor for a referral to DCD.