Speech Pathology

Speech Pathologist in Newcastle and Hunter Valley

Laura Nicholas- Speech Pathology

Laura Nicholas is a Speech Pathologist offering mobile or clinic based therapy in the Newcastle area. Services include assessment & therapy for speech and language difficulties, fluency (stuttering) and pragmatics (social). Laura offers a holistic approach consider the individual's needs and implementing current evidence-based practice. Laura's goal is to enhance your child's communication skills and offer education to parent's and families. 
Children Social Behaviours

Areas of Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology Lesson

Speech

Articulation:  Ability to produce sounds correctly by movement of the tongue and mouth. If your child is difficult to understand by either familiar or unfamiliar listeners, they may require therapy.

Phonology:  How sounds are used in language. Phonological processes occur as a child is learning to put sounds together to make words. Your child may use the 'd' sound instead of using the 't' sound. Phonological processes can be a natural part of developing speech, however if some processes are not remediated by a certain age, therapy may be required. 

Speech Pathology

Language

Receptive:  to understand written and oral language, comprehension, following instructions and understanding questions. 

Expressive:  to communicate information, using grammar, words, sentences and gestures. Expressive language is the ability to describe objects in an environment, events or situations. 

Literacy

The ability to read, write and spell. Language skills and comprehension may have an impact on literacy development.

Fluency

Stuttering:  The repetition of sounds or words, getting stuck on words or dragging out the sounds in words. Facial twitches or movements may also be a form of stuttering. 
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