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Speech and Language Check-ups for 4-6-year-olds

At Newcastle Speech Pathology  we are offering online Speech and Language Check-ups for 4-6 year olds. 

Children who start school with a speech and language delay are at risk of falling behind their peers. Children are expected to do a lot in their first year of school, including following directions, answering questions, learning new words, speaking clearly and learning to read and write. This can be difficult for children with delayed speech and language skills.

At Newcastle Speech Pathology, we believe that all children should be as prepared as possible to start their school life. When they have the speech and language skills they need, they can complete academic tasks with confidence and are free to explore the other wonders school has to offer. 

We are helping preschoolers prepare for school by providing affordable online Speech and Language Check-ups.  These are face-to-face appointments, delivered online, to assess your child’s speech and language skills. 

Why choose an online service?

  • You are involved in the assessment process

  • You will get immediate feedback about your child’s abilities

  • You will receive immediate advice and resources to support their child

  • Your child can complete the assessment in the comfort of their own home 

  • Your child will be at ease in a familiar environment with a parent present

  • Your is likely to give their best effort so results will be accurate

  • You can share your child’s results and our recommendations with your child’s preschool.  

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Who needs a Speech and Language Check-up? 

  • 4-6 year olds

  • All children who will be starting school in 2021 and 2022

  • Children who are not speaking clearly

  • Children who are not speaking in complex sentences

  • Children who find it hard to hold conversations 

  • Children who are struggling to tell a story

  • Children who are not ‘listening’ and finding it hard to follow instructions

  • Children who may be showing signs of behaviour issues

  • Children who have trouble finding the right words to use

  • Children who are yet to develop an interest in literacy e.g. reading signs, paying attention to books, playing with words and sounds

What is included in an online Speech and Language Check-up?

  • A 30-minute consultation with one of our Speech Pathologists 

  • Assessment of your child’s Speech (production of sounds)

  • Comprehension (understanding of language) 

  • Grammar and sentence structure (use of language) 

  • Pre-literacy skills (skills needed to learn to read and write)

  • Immediate verbal feedback about your child’s ability

  • A written summary of your child’s speech and language abilities

  • Advice to support your child’s specific needs 

  • Activities to help your child’s speech and language development 

  • The opportunity to receive ongoing speech and language therapy as required

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