BSpPath (Hons 1 Audiology)Woolloongabba
If your child is having difficulty communicating or is displaying developmental delays in speech, language and/or social skills, you may benefit from the help of a Speech Pathologist to enhance your child’s skills.
Sarah Nicholas provides speech pathology services for children and their families. Her services are provided in rooms at Greenslopes Private Hospital in collaboration with Paeds in a Pod.
Sarah focusses on supporting children with complex communication needs and behavioural difficulties, including children and young people with autism spectrum disorders and/or developmental delays.
You and your child may need the services of a Speech Pathologist if your child:
- is taking longer than expected to understand what others are saying or to begin using their first words
- uses speech that is difficult to understand
- does not appear to understand or talk as well as their peers
- is developing play and social skills in a different way than expected
- is not making the expected progress at school in language and literacy areas.
By using a combination of methods, including interviews, observation and formal assessment, Sarah can determine each child’s communication abilities in a range of areas, including comprehension of language, spoken language skills, social language skills and interaction and play skills. She can then provide therapy to assist the child to develop their speech and language abilities to meet their potential. She provides families with information on how to assist the child’s communication and play development.
Sarah graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with first class honours in audiology in 1997. She has worked across a variety of settings including Education Queensland, Health and Disability Services. As a parent of two young children, Sarah has an understanding of the busy lifestyles of families and strives to provide flexible assessment and therapy options.
Sarah finds her role particularly enjoyable. By introducing a child and their family to new communication strategies, she can see their speech and language progress during everyday activities. For those children with problem behaviours, improved communication skills also result in a reduction in these behaviours and more positive interactions with their family and peers. Speech Therapy could mean listening to a child use words for the first time, interacting in new ways, exploring new play activities and supporting them to transition successfully into Kindy or Prep.
Some families may be eligible for support funding through Medicare or through their private health insurance, depending on the type of cover. Every circumstance is different and it is best to enquire with us and your health fund to understand the options outlined in these links:
- Helping Children with Autism Program
- Helping Children with Autism Medicare Rebates
- Chronic Disease Management Plan
You can also read more about speech pathology for children here: