Some common reasons your child may see a speech pathologist are:

  • Speech (articulation) delays or disorders –  producing speech sounds

  • Expressive language – using language to share thoughts, feelings and ideas

  • Receptive language – understanding language, word meanings and instructions

  • Social  communication difficulties – communicating for social purposes and following the rules for conversation

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for children with difficulties speaking e.g. using pictures, visual supports,  communication boards or assistive devices to support understanding and expression of language

  • Pre-literacy and literacy skills – learning to read, write and spell

  • Feeding and swallowing skills - problems with a range of eating activities that may or may not include problems with swallowing. Swallowing disorders (Dysphagia) can occur in a number of the four phases of swallowing

  • Cognitive communication disorders – organising thoughts, planning, reasoning, paying attention, remembering and problem solving

  • Aural rehabilitation for people who are deaf or hard of hearing​

Do not hesitate to seek professional advice if you are concerned with your child's communication development. Research indicates that early identification and early intervention provides the child with the best long-term outcome rather than 'waiting and seeing'.


At Bright Start Speech Pathology we are highly skilled at identifying, assessing and treating these communication disorders or delays.

Speech Pathology Australia produced the Communication Milestones Kit to provide information for parents and carers about the role of speech pathologists for children who have difficulty with speech, language and communication



Contact Bright Start Speech Pathology to book an initial consultation.

Bright Start Speech Pathology
Ph: 1300 754 079
Fax: +613 8582 9746
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