When it comes to communication, like expressing thoughts, ideas and feelings, it’s the job of the speech pathologist to help. They also help with any feeding difficulties such as delayed texture progressions.
More broadly, speech pathologists can also help your child with:
- Producing clear speech sounds
- Listening, understanding, and following instructions
- Using age appropriate words and sentences to express their meaning
- Social communication appropriate to the person and context (e.g. use of gestures, eye contact, intonation, facial expression and conversation skills).
Speech pathologists also assist children with specific diagnoses, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Development Delay, Intellectual Disability, Down syndrome or Cerebral Palsy.
While outcomes vary depending on each child, speech pathology can also help improve speech so your child can be understood by others, develop problem-solving and social skills, improve feeding safety, and skills for school transition.