Nicola is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist who graduated from La Trobe University with a Master of Speech Pathology. She has worked and volunteered with children, adolescents and adults in clinical, educational and hospital settings.
BRIGHTON HEALTH CLINIC FOR KIDS: SPEECH PATHOLOGY CLINIC
The Speech Therapy Clinic professional team will work to provide assessment and therapy for children and adults in the following areas:
- Developmental Disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (multidisciplinary assessments are also available)
- Receptive and Expressive Language
- Communication and play skills
- Speech Sounds (i.e. articulation)
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Fluency (stuttering)
- Social Skills
- Literacy, including:
- Phonological Awareness and Phonological Processing (hearing and manipulating sounds in words)
- Reading Fluency
- Writing Sentences and Stories
- Voice quality and projection
All assessments are completed in a non-threatening, enjoyable manner. Essential to our service is developing rapport with individuals and ensuring they feel comfortable and enjoy themselves in all sessions.
We start with an initial consultation with one of our senior therapists in our clinics. Following the initial consultation, the therapist will analyse the results following a multi-dimensional model which looks at all aspects of communication and development, to determine the client’s strengths and areas for enhancement. A goal based intervention plan will then be created and discussed during a feedback session.
REPORTS AND FUNDING APPLICATIONS
Further formal assessments including comprehensive assessment reports are available. This may be beneficial for applying for funding, and/or to inform other professionals working with your child (e.g. teacher, paediatrician).
We partner with educational facilities and other professionals to write government funding applications (including; early intervention programs, helping children with autism packages and the program for students with disabilities etc.).