Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology

Kids Spot is a family-focused speech pathology practice. We believe every child has the right to communicate and learn and that their family and the community are integral to that process. Our foundation for success is family, school and community training/support to ensure your child can reach their full potential.  

Kids Spot uses family-focused goal setting to help your child develop a range of skills for effective communication. We work with children of all ages and abilities and can help your child develop skills in many areas. Our therapists strive for excellence. We are committed to continued professional development and have undergone training in various methodologies and treatment approaches.

What the journey at KIDS SPOT looks like:

1. Intake call and Ax booked 
Our practice manager will take your call, ask questions and gather information to get clear on how we can help. This call determines what sort of assessment or session is required and important information about your child, family and the reason for your call. Once an initial appointment is booked, you will receive a confirmation email and an online intake form to fill out. This helps us prepare for your first appointment and get to know your child before we meet them. 

2. Assessment or Initial session appointment and report writing
Most initial appointments will begin with an assessment (unless you have recently had a relevant assessment and can supply us with the report). 

Our assessments are tailored to your child’s needs. We don’t believe in unnecessary assessment and in some cases, an assessment will look like a play session and the therapist will gather lots of important information using play and by asking you specific questions. 

All assessments include a written report. We believe that having written clarity about your child’s strengths and weaknesses will help you understand how your child engages with the world and why. It also helps you to decide on the most important goals we can work towards for the biggest impact on functional skills. 


3. Management Plan session with family - Goals set 
We are passionate about helping your child to achieve their goals and research tells us that goal setting is the most important factor for achieving any goal. Following your assessment, you will work with your therapist to set a specific family goal and other subgoals designed to help your child progress on their journey to develop skills for life in their world. The goals we set with you will be S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.

4. Weekly Therapy and Carer Coaching

Our families are active participants in the play and learning that occurs in our sessions. We believe you are your child’s most important teacher and advocate. We aim to support and coach you to develop skills that can be integrated throughout your week to help your child generalise new skills learnt during a session. 

Weekly therapy sessions may include

  • A Preschool/school to observe your child and support the other carers in their life so that can achieve their goals and access preschool/childcare or schooling in the most impactful way
  • Collaboration with other professionals - in the form of phone calls, meetings and case conferences to share progress and supports that will help your child integrate and generalize their new skills.
  • Resource development - in the form of communication devices or books, information sheets, resources for carers and educators, games for home practice etc. 

5. New Term = Management plan review meeting with family - Goals reviewed and new Goals set 
Goals require celebration and review and we do this every 3 months as a way of keeping tabs on progress and ensuring that our goals are realistic and achievable. It is these review meetings that keep us all accountable for the journey and progress we have made. It also lets you get very clear on what will impact your family's life.   

6. Discharge 

Once your child has reached their goals, we finish up with sessions and connect with you over the phone 3 months later to see how things are progressing. 


We specialize in and Use Therapy Approaches such as:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using principles and therapy techniques such as:

  • DIR Floortime
  • Gestalt Language Processing (NLA Framework)
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Hanen (It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words)

Speech (articulation, clarity and fluid speech)

Stuttering using principles and therapy techniques such as:

  • The Lidcombe Program
  • Camperdown Program
  • Syllable Timed Speech

Language (understanding and use of words, sentences and conversation)

Literacy and Dyslexia (reading, spelling and written text) using principles and therapy techniques such as:

  • Multi-sensory Literacy Instruction
  • Sounds-Write Program
  • Multi-Lit
  • Orton-Gillingham Approach

Late Talkers - incorporating principles and therapy techniques such as:

  • Hanen (It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words)
  • DIR Floortime 

Auditory Processing

Social skills

Play skills and interaction

Alternative Communication using principles and therapy techniques such as:

  • Various Alternative communication devices (ProloQo2Go / Liberator etc)
  • PECS
  • Key word sign
  • Signed Supported Speech

Listening and Attention

Visualising and Verbalising skills

Genetic Conditions (e.g. Down Syndrome)

Developmental Conditions (e.g. Global Developmental Delay)

Physical Conditions (e.g. Cerebral Palsy)

Developing English as a Second Language (ESL)

Hearing Impairment and Middle Ear Pathologies (e.g. insertion of grommets)

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