My name is Pauline. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Sciences and a Master’s of Speech Pathology from Curtin University. I specialise in paediatric speech therapy which is early childhood and early school age. What I love about being a speech therapist is that you can put a smile on the parent’s faces. I love to give them hope by seeing the progress that can be made. I have worked with various clients with disabilities from autism to cerebral palsy, individuals with stroke, developmental disabilities, global developmental delay and intellectual disability.
We will gather all the necessary information with the family at the initial assessment. After that, we will set parent and speech pathology goals. Most of the time, parents are eager to get information on how they can support their children at home, so their goals become a priority. We would also let them know the other speech goals we must work on. We usually tailor it to functional goals they can use at home. We will then schedule intervention treatment sessions.
A typical treatment session lasts 45 to 50 minutes, depending on the child. These may occur weekly or fortnightly. In early childhood, these take place in the home. Early school age, we may see them at school. We will visit them and take them out of class for that 45-minute session.
Most of our communication with clients and their families will be face-to-face. We usually work with children in their homes, so parents are usually involved. So therefore, during the session, we may discuss any issues that came up from the previous session, and we would address that issue. We send follow-up notes to parents when working with school-age children. We’ll let them know how the session went and provide any follow-up home practice a child may need.