The Talbot Centre

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Speech pathology

Communication support centred on you and your family

The Talbot Centre’s speech pathologists support children with a range of communication and feeding challenges.

Improving communication
  • Speech and articulation
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Language development
  • Early primary literacy
Feeding and swallowing difficulties
Stuttering
Augmentative and alternative communication
Improving communication
  • Speech and articulation
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Language development
  • Early primary literacy
Feeding and swallowing difficulties
Stuttering
Augmentative and alternative communication

We take an affirming approach for both neurotypical and neurodivergent clients to help you develop authentic and effective ways to express yourself and develop stronger relationships through better communication.

How do I know if my child needs help? 

By trusting your instincts and checking your child’s communication development against the typical milestones for their age. To help you do this, Speech Pathology Australia has developed an excellent suite of resources on communication milestones at different ages.
Speech pathology may be warranted if your child is having difficulties with
Language/communication development
Articulating words and being understood by others
Forming sentences and expressing their thoughts, opinions and needs
Understanding others
Following directions
Chewing and/or swallowing
Oromotor coordination (coordination of their tongue, lips and/or teeth)
Reading/writing skills (if at school)
Fussy eating
Language/communication development
Articulating words and being understood by others
Forming sentences and expressing their thoughts, opinions and needs
Oromotor coordination (coordination of their tongue, lips and/or teeth)
Reading/writing skills (if at school)
Fussy eating
Understanding others
Following directions
Chewing and/or swallowing

Improved communication skills

Communication takes many different forms – body language, eye contact, facial expressions, written and spoken words.

Learning to communicate involves learning a growing vocabulary and controlling numerous muscles and understanding sometimes complex social cues.

Good communication skills enable you to express yourself authentically, relate to others and perform well at work or school.

We see each person as a unique individual with inherent worth and their own particular strengths and needs. Whether you’re neurotypical or neurodivergent we will assist you to develop You-centred goals that are affirming, strengths based and help you thrive. We help you develop a way of communicating that feels authentic to you and helps you build stronger relationships with others.

improved communication skills
Helping you help your child

Helping you to help your child

So many of our communication skills develop in early childhood. Children understandably feel frustrated if their peers or carers don’t understand what they’re trying to communicate and that can lead to difficult behaviour at times. Accessing speech pathology helps address the root cause of these difficulties.

At The Talbot Centre, we see you as your child’s co-therapist. After all, you’re in constant communication with them and therefore best placed to help them progress.

Much of our focus is on helping you to support your child throughout the rest of the week. We offer longer appointments than other centres (50 minutes instead of 30) so that you have time to absorb the training and practice the exercises you and your child will work on together.

Our paediatric feeding service

Our speech pathologists contribute to our paediatric feeding service by providing oral-motor assessments and recommending treatment approaches to address any swallowing difficulties.

Feeding support

Feeding involves a complex series of steps and the development of neural pathways in the brain as your child touches and chooses food, lifts it to their mouth, chews and then swallows it. Each of those steps may present challenges that your speech pathologist can help with.

Common feeding challenges
Seeming to choke on food
Spitting out food or vomiting when eating
Coughing, gagging or breathing loudly during meals
Finding it hard to chew certain foods
Rejecting food or showing a strong aversion to some foods
Challenging behaviour at the dinner table

Speech pathologists can examine your child’s mouth and jaw to assess their ability to chew and swallow. They can also help your child to work through any food aversions or sensory difficulties that affect mealtime enjoyment.

Orofacial myology (OM)

OM is the treatment of the orofacial muscles (the muscles of the oral cavity and face) to improve muscle function. It establishes the correct functional activities of the lips, tongue, and jaw so that normal growth and development may occur and progress in a stable balanced environment.

An OM assessment and treatment program may help if your child has difficulties with speech articulation, feeding and swallowing, jaw pain, breathing or sleep.

Signs that your child may benefit from an OM assessment
Sucking on, thumbs, dummies, crayons etc
Dental issues like an open bite or a cross bite
Pushing their tongue forward when at rest
Breathing through their mouth rather than their nose
Open mouth posture
Tongue tie
Goals of OM therapy
Correct:
  • Tongue rest posture
  • Swallow pattern
  • Muscle function for chewing, swallowing or speech
Improve orofacial development
Avoid the need for orthodontic treatment from incorrect tongue positioning
Promote breathing through the nose
Eliminate:
  • Open mouth posture
  • Non-nutritive sucking and chewing habits

Meet our Speech Pathology team

The Talbot Centre is a contemporary health service focussed on providing integrated health care programs. Our speech pathologists work in collaboration with other professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team providing patient-centred care.