Speech Pathology

 

 

When to seek Speech Pathology services 

Early detection of communication problems is essential to each child’s development, well-being and self-esteem. Children who experience a delay in onset of talking often have difficult to detect middle ear problems, causing hearing loss. Delays in play skills can also impact the child's development of social language skills. Children with language delays frequently go on to have literacy problems if the underlying language difficulties are not remedied.

At Skillbuilders we see children who have difficulty with:
 
  • Speaking at a developmental level that is right for their age
  • Making their speech clear and understandable
  • Understanding others who speak to them
  • Expressing themselves with age appropriate vocabulary and grammar
  • Engaging in conversations
  • Understanding the relationship between sounds and letters
  • Sequencing sounds and letters for reading, spelling and writing
  • Using an appropriate voice

 

Speech Pathology Services Include:
 
 
  • Detailed assessment and therapy services for developmental communication, voice and literacy problems
  • Individualised programmes delivered in one to one therapy sessions
  • Practical supportive advice for parents and carers involved in the therapy process
  • Collaboration with, and referral to, other relevant professionals involved or required in the child’s care, eg: teacher, childcare provider, allied health professionals, GP and medical specialist
  • Group therapy and School Holiday Programmes available where appropriate
  • Private health fund and Medicare rebates are available

To book an initial consultation use our sign up form

For our flyer click : Speech Pathology at Skillbuilders

 

 

Our Speech Pathologists

 

Kara Breitenbach
 

                      

Kara Breitenbach is a Senior Speech Pathologist with over 25 years experience in the field of Speech Pathology and Autism in the USA, New Zealand and Australia. Kara is a highly experienced clinician and educator who has worked within classrooms as well as in clinical settings. Kara’s skills span assessing communication needs, developing and implementing intervention strategies for both children and adults, designing course-work, developing training materials, writing information books, and delivering professional learning courses for teachers, clinicians, staff, and families.

Kara has worked as a consultant on communication to the multi-disciplinary service teams supporting children and adults at the Autism Association of Western Australia prior to joining Skillbuilders Therapy Services. Kara has a special interest in developing augmentative supports to assist children to acquire social skills, play strategies, and to make key transitions, all areas of difficulty for the child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

Michael Tate

                

Michael joined Skillbuilders at the beginning of 2016. Michael has experience working with primary school aged children on speech and language development, as well as with children with literacy difficulties. Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from James Cook University. Michael’s skills span the assessment and treatment for a variety of communication issues. He has particular interests in the early year’s language development, speech sound development, fluency, and children with disabilities.Michael believes that every child has the right to communicate and enjoys assisting children achieve this result in the best possible way. Michael believes in making therapy fun and motivating for his clients, whilst challenging them to reach their potential. 

When Michael isn't working with children he's busy with the Army Reserves!

Alexandra Enright

                                

Alex completed her degree in Speech Pathology (BSc Human Communication Science) in 2004 at Curtin University. Since graduation Alex has gained extensive experience in working with children with developmental delays and disorders. She has provided services in a range of capacities, including roles with Telethon Speech and Hearing, Disability Services Commission as Clinical Specialist Behavioural Support and Therapy Team, and the Autism Association of WA's Early Intervention Programme, and in private practice.

Alex has developed specialist skills and knowledge in a range of areas, particularly assessment and treatment for children with ASD where she is accredited to provide diagnostic autism assessments. Alex also has extensive experience in providing Auditory Verbal Therapy for children with hearing loss. She has also worked in a key worker role providing support to families in a range of contexts. 




 

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