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My name is Alexia Hyams and I'm a Speech Pathologist in the Hills district, Sydney. My website is here to provide you with details of my services that will help your child grow with excellent language and communication skills.
I run a professional, friendly and personalised clinic that provides speech, language and communication therapy for children. By engaging your child in fun activities and games, they’ll begin to achieve speech development milestones and have loads of fun doing so!
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An articulation disorder involves problems making sounds. Sounds can be substituted, left off, added or changed. These errors may make it hard for people to understand your child.
Young children often make speech errors. For instance, many young children sound like they are making a "w" sound for an "r" sound (e.g., "wabbit" for "rabbit") or may leave sounds out of words, such as "nana" for "banana."
The child may have an articulation disorder if these errors continue past the expected age.
A phonological process disorder involves patterns of sound errors. For example, substituting all sounds made in the back of the mouth like "k" and "g" for those in the front of the mouth like "t" and "d" (e.g., saying "tup" for "cup" or "das" for "gas").
Late Talkers (12 - 30 months)
Late in learning to talk or use words when compared with other children the same age
Some children have difficulties understanding spoken language.
This can include difficulty understanding and following instructions (at home or in the classroom), story comprehension, understanding concepts, grammar markers, questions or the meaning of words.
Some children find it difficult to express themselves clearly.
This can include being able to use correct vocabulary, constructing correct and varying sentence structures, providing clear descriptions and details of events, using correct grammar in sentences and stories.
Children may have literacy difficulties when they struggle to make progress at school with pre-reading skills (phonemic awareness), reading and/or spelling.
Stuttering affects the fluency of speech.
It often begins during childhood and, in some cases, lasts throughout life.
The disorder is characterized by disruptions in the production of speech sounds, also called "disfluencies."
Most people produce brief disfluencies from time to time. For instance, some words are repeated and others are preceded by "um" or "uh."
Disfluencies are not necessarily a problem; however, they can impede communication when a person produces too many of them.