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Children

Language Delays and Disorders

A child may have a language delay if they don’t meet the communication milestones for their age, such as talking later than expected. When a child has a language disorder, it means that they have persistent difficulties with the various forms of language. Children with language delays and disorders frequently have difficulty communicating with their peers.

Autism

We prefer to see autism as a variation of the human brain, a different brain type as opposed to a disorder. We are pro-neurodiversity and help support autistic individuals with any communication difficulties that they may experience, such as auditory processing, language,and social interaction. We also provide Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to non-, minimally- and unreliably-speaking autistic individuals. We try to help our clients optimize autism, meaning that we try to make autism work as well as possible.

Children in need of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

AAC refers to any form of communication that is not speech. Many children have difficulties with speech and are unable to use speech as their primary form of communication. They may require AAC in combination with speech production (augmentative) or in place of speech production (alternative). Examples of AAC include, amongst many others, picture-based communication books or systems, high-tech communication devices and alphabet boards.

Early Communication Intervention

Early Communication is provided to babies and toddlers who are at risk of developing speech and language difficulties.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)

A child with CAS knows what they want to say. When a child has CAS, the messages do not get through correctly from the brain to the mouth. This is not due to muscle weakness or how the child thinks, but how the brain tells the mouth muscles to move. Children with CAS may show some or all of the following signs:
  • May not always say words the same way every time
  • Tend to put the stress on the wrong word or syllable
  • Distort or change sounds
  • Can say shorter words more clearly than longer words

Fluency disorders

Stuttering is the most common fluency disorder, and refers to an interruption of speaking characterized by repetitions of sounds, syllables, words and phrases, sound prolongations, blocks, interjections and revisions. These disfluencies can be accompanied by physical tension, negative reactions an avoidance of speaking situations. Cluttering, another fluency disorder, is characterized by a perceived rapid and / or irregular speech rate which results in breakdowns in speech clarity. Many children undergo a period of normal disfluencies as they are learning to speak. When these disfluencies persist, they become abnormal disfluencies and the child may benefit from therapy to address these difficulties.

Reading and spelling difficulties

Children who have difficulty academically may benefit from language-learning therapy, which provides reading and spelling support whilst still focussing on language at the same time. Language is an important building block to academic success, and sometimes difficulties with language impact academic abilities later on.

Articulation and phonological difficulties (speech sound disorders)

As they learn to talk, children may say some sounds the wrong way. Most children can say almost all the speech sounds correctly by the age of 4 years. A child who does not say sounds by the expected ages may have a speech sound disorder. The terms ‘articulation disorder’ and phonological disorder’ are used to describe speech sound disorders such as these.

Auditory processing difficulties

Auditory processing refers to how the brain makes sense of what the ears hear. It can be described as the brain’s ability to process auditory information (including language) and make sense of it. Auditory processing is an important precursor to reading and spelling success.

Aural Rehabilitation

Aural rehabilitation refers to therapy that is provided in order to reduce the effects of hearing loss on function, activity, participation and quality of life. In simple terms, this refers to speech and language therapy with an extra focus on teaching the child how to improve their listening skills.

Feeding and swallowing difficulties

A feeding disorder refers to problems in the development of feeding skills, such as sucking, eating from a spoon or drinking from a cup. A swallowing disorder, or dysphagia, refers to problems in one or more phases of the swallowing process.
Spelling to Communicate (S2C) teaches individuals with motor challenges the purposeful motor skills necessary to point to letters to spell as an alternative means of communication (AAC). The goal is to achieve synchrony between the brain and body.
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Adults

We work with non-, minimally- and unreliably-speaking individuals of all ages, specifically those with sensory and motor differences, such as Autistic individuals.

Our services provided to adults are mostly focussed on the provision of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Training

We offer group parent training sessions on how to stimulate language development in your baby / toddler.

We also offer training and information giving sessions to schools, professionals, parents and helpers. Please contact us to schedule a training to suit your needs.

Informative sessions on Spelling to Communicate are available upon request.

Groups

Therapists from our practice offer language stimulation groups (ages 0-5 years) which are conducted at schools and centres around Pretoria. These groups can give your child the boost they need, especially second-language learners. During the groups the following goals will be targeted:

  • Attention and listening skills
  • Pre-literacy Skills
  • Spoken language
  • Language Comprehension
  • Turn-taking, joint attention and social interaction

We also offer reading and spelling groups (Grades R to 3) at schools and centres in Pretoria, which focus on:

  • Phonological and phonemic awareness
  • Segmenting and blending
  • Vocabulary enrichment
  • Reading Fluency and Comprehension

Please contact us if you would like us to offer stimulation groups at your institution. It is often a more affordable alternative for learners who just need a slight boost and either cannot or do not need to participate in 1:1 sessions.

Spelling to Communicate Groups
We host groups for individuals using S2C as their method of communication. This gives people of similar ages the opportunity to connect, share views, learn together and have fun with activities that help to build their purposeful motor skills.

Informative sessions on Spelling to Communicate are available upon request.

Payment

Our practice accepts medical aid payments, but patients are liable for paying accounts within 30 days if the medical aids reject the claim or the funds are depleted.