Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy - The Child Development Centre

Speech and Language Therapy is dedicated to helping children and young adults reach their maximum communication potential. Specifically, we work with children who have difficulties in the areas of:

  • Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
  • Physical disabilities
  • Language delay
  • Auditory processing difficulties
  • Specific language impairment
  • Specific difficulties in producing sounds
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cleft palate
  • Stammering
  • Autism / social / interaction difficulties
  • Dyslexia
  • Selective mutism

Here in the Child Development Centre, our team of Speech and Language Therapy practitioners has expert knowledge in all areas of speech, language and communication development. We specialise in helping children of all ages overcome difficulties with speech and language, as well as helping those who have challenges with eating and swallowing. We work in partnership with parents, carers and other professionals, such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors to help children reach their maximum communication potential.

“We believe that the essence of a great therapist, doctor, teacher or clinician is their passionate belief that there is a way to make things better and in believing that there is a way, we are creating the way. “

Karen O’Connor (2012)

Treatment

Treatment - The Child Development CentreAt the Child Development Centre our unique approach to speech and language therapy has evolved over the past twenty years. We have devised an effective combination of traditional speech and language methods with listening therapy and sensory integrative programmes. Our approach offers a comprehensive, results-orientated and personalised therapy to children of all ages and backgrounds helping your child achieve their true potential in the shortest period of time.

We focus on your child’s skills, while enhancing development in their areas of difficulty. We treat the source of your child’s challenges and not the symptoms.

Through our integrated approach we have achieved exceptional results with thousands of children worldwide. By introducing the listening therapy alongside the more traditional speech and language therapy approaches, we establish a solid communication platform because in order to be able to speak, communicate, socialise, concentrate, answer, we need first to be able to listen.

Listening is much more than hearing: when we listen we actively pay attention, we are motivated, involved, alert, while hearing is merely passively receiving sounds.

The more effective our listening skills, the more effectively we can process what we hear. This applies for all our senses: when we receive stimulation, it is processed by our brain in order to activate the correct neurological responses. Being able to listen accurately gives us the capacity to speak clearly, understand and react well to instructions, focus on a task without being distracted by unimportant sounds, stay alert to others and socialise, creating dialogues, balanced relations and adequate learning processes.

Sound stimulation through our auditory system also increases our brain energy. By stimulating the ear, especially with higher filtered sounds, we create a greater stimulation to the nervous system, which has a very effective, lasting impact on attention, memory, alertness, energy, mood and motivation.